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Morris Hayes "Mr Hayes"
Keys I songwriter I producer
was a master at that (ebb and flow), he wanted to make it like a
-- Morris Hayes
interview regarding the rain-drenched halftime performance at Super
Bowl XLI in Miami
Dozens and dozens
of musicians served time in Princes bands over the course
of his four-decade-long career, but none performed with him longer
(20 years) than keyboardist Morris Hayes.
has performed with many artists over the years -- Sheila E, Stevie
Wonder, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Lenny Kravitz, Maceo Parker,
Elton John and Kanye West -- and his current projects include ongoing
work with the NPG and new artists like Cobi, the EDM outfit Lordz
Uv, and a forthcoming documentary called World Symphony for Peace
in which he travels the world collaborating with local musicians.
Hes also working on a book about his career called The Ticket.
I saw Prince and The Time on December 17, 1982 in Pine Bluff,
Arkansas -- and Ive had the ticket in my pocket ever since,"
Morris got his
big break in 1991 when Jerome Benton asked him to play keyboards
with the Time. He was hired to replace Jimmy Jam. They were the
house band for Princes new nightclub, Glam Slam.
Prince recognized their immense talent and hired the entire band
to play with Carmen Electra on his Diamonds & Pearls
tour in 1992. After the tour, Prince asked Morris to officially
join the NPG as another keyboard play alongside Tommy Barbarella.
Prince dubbed him Mr. Hayes and that is how he is known
the NPG for a few years to tour with Maceo Park the renowned
saxophonist who achieved prominence with James Brown and
who embarked on a solo career in the 90s. He returned to the
NPG in 2005, performing with Prince during his memorable Super Bowl
halftime performance in Miami in 2007 (Read Morriss story
of that eventful day in Billboard here).
Morris remained in the NPG until late 2012.
Tours with Prince:
Welcome 2 America 2010/2012 (US, Europe, Canada, Australia) 20Ten
Tour (2010), The Earth Tour/21 Nights in London (2007), Per4ming
Live 3121 (residency in Las Vegas, 2006/2007), Hit N Run Tour (2000),
New Power Soul (1998), Jam of the Year Tour (1997/98), Love 4 One
Another Charities Tour (1997), The Gold Experience/The Ultimate
Live Experience (1995/96), The Interactive Tour (1994). Act II (1993),
Act I (1993), Diamonds & Pearls (1992)
Album with Prince:
Come, The Gold Experience, Chaos And Disorder, Emancipation, Crystal
Ball, New Power Soul, Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic, The Vault
Friends For Sale, The Rainbow Children, The Chocolate Invasion,
The Slaughterhouse, Indigo Nights/ Live Sessions, Lotus flower,
The War, Elixer (Bria) , Exodus (The NPG), and Gold Nigga (The NPG)
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