McKinley Morrison & Williams

Funk, Jazz, du Monde


Born from creativity and a desire to be free in music, Josh McKinley, John Morrison, and Darrell Williams have brought their musical tastes together to form a completely original sound that is sonically comparable to Jazz, Latin, World, Funk & Fusion. This forging of musicianship has opened up a side of music that is exciting and fresh, mixing sounds of the past with sounds of the present.

Josh McKinley has been playing guitar since he was 13 years old. It was a childhood passion that he started to take more seriously after finishing school. Since then, he has played with and founded almost a dozen local groups, has toured all the Maritime provinces with multiple bands and has toured halfway across Canada several times. Never having taken formal music or guitar lessons, Josh has adapted over his career to form a natural & original approach to the guitar. He has been recorded on 7 albums and is no stranger to sitting in with artists/groups in a live/studio setting. Music is Magic, and while listening to Josh play the guitar, that is what you can expect to feel.

John Morrison has been playing drums professionally for over 20 years. He has toured internationally several times and played to crowds of 50,000+ people. John has studied with a few notable drum teachers including Joe McIntyre & Norman Calp. In 2008, he was featured on the cover of Drum etc... Canadian drum magazine and participated in a drum competition in Toronto, Canada where he won the fastest stroke competition. John is an absolute beast behind the kit and has been compared to drummers such as Buddy Rich.

Darrell Williams may as well have been born with a bass guitar. He has been playing music professionally for over 35 years. Born in New York, Darrell made his way to Canada in the late 70's touring North America with a show band. In 1989 he settled down in New Brunswick and began tearing up the East Coast music scene, changing the boundaries of how people looked at the bass guitar. Darrell has played with many great artists over the years including Dave Wilcox, Matt Anderson and Jeff Healey. When Darrell straps his bass on, something crazy is about to happen and you don’t want to miss it.

McKinley Morrison & Williams have been playing & touring together for a little over 2 years. They have been recorded together in the studio for several albums as a session band. Recently awarded Stringray Rising Star champions at Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in Fredericton N.B.

These three enjoy pleasing audiences with their tasteful and explosive jams. At a McKinley Morrison & Williams show, you can expect a melodic and groove based musical fusion, bass solos, guitar wizardry, and a drum hurricane. Get out to see these cats and the magic that they are creating!

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