Chris McNulty is increasingly acknowledged by musicians, peers and critics alike as a jazz vocalist-composer with a unique vision, boundless creative energy and strong individual style. Her risk-taking, fluid and powerful emotional approach, support, but never compromise her musical sensibilities. In short, she is a consummate musician with great pitch and control who can touch an emotional core with an audience in a way very few of her contemporaries can. By simultaneously reinforcing and re-defining the boundaries for jazz singing, McNulty breaks new ground, on these last two recordings in particular. Her compositions have been hailed as rich harmonically, melodically and lyrically and well worthy of the company they keep along side the great standards she continues to interpret and explore.
McNulty first visited New York City in 1985 and settled there in 1988 after being awarded an International Study Grant from the Australia Council. She has collaborated and performed with some of the finest musicians on the jazz scene today including: Gary Bartz, Paul Bollenback, Gary Thomas, Mulgrew Miller, Peter Leitch, Ugonna Okegwo, John Hicks, Frank Wess, Ingrid Jensen, Terri-Lyne Carrington, Tim Garland, Tom Lellis, Billy Hart, Ed Howard, Jeff Ballard, Dave Pietro, Joe Locke. She maintains an active touring schedule. Her 2006-2007 program includes several U.S tours, festival dates in Australia and tours to the UK, Ireland, Europe and Russia.
What the critics have to say about McNulty’s latest work on her newly released Whispers the Heart:
“McNulty is capable of injecting emotion, pathos, irony & meaning into her work …a gift that few singers can lay claim to.” George W. Carroll, The Musician’s Ombudsman, August 2006
“McNulty’s intonation and articulation are commanding – and provide a preview for the level of musical excellence and creative artistry with which she leads throughout the album. McNulty scats and she is marvelous.” Clive Griffin, Jazz Improv, October 2006 http://www.chrismcnulty.com http://www.elefantdreams.com