Since her emergence on the international jazz scene in 1991, NYC based and critically acclaimed Palmetto recording artist, Chris McNulty has been hailed by musicians, peers and critics alike as a jazz vocalist-composer with a unique vision, boundless creative energy and a distinctive style. Blessed with an exquisite instrument she combines a rich, expressive voice with a deep sense of swing, a natural feel for the blues and an impressive ability to improvise. Her compositions have been hailed as both rich harmonically, melodically and lyrically and well worthy of the company they keep along side the great standards she continues to interpret and explore. Her recordings and performances have garnered 4 and 5 star reviews in publications including Downbeat, The Irish Times, Jazz Wise, Jazz Journal and Jazz Times among many others. Since 2002, McNulty has maintained a consistent presence on the international touring scene. In May 2013, Chris won the prestigious Australian Bell Award (the equivalent of a US Grammy) for Best Vocal Jazz Album for The Song That Sings You Here. Her new album Eternal featuring chamber orchestra with jazz quartet and orchestrations by gifted arranger, Stephen Newcomb releases on Palmetto Records this coming March 2015.
McNulty arrived in New York in 1988 after being awarded an international study grant from the Music Board of the Australia Council. She has collaborated, recorded and performed with some of the finest musicians on the jazz scene today. Her debut recording in the States, Waltz For Debby (Discovery 1991), introduced Chris to American audiences and received outstanding reviews. The album also features the official published lyric by Chris of the great Miles Davis classic, “Blue in Green.” In 1994 Chris was selected as one of six exceptional jazz voices on the New York scene who were featured on the Venus Records recording, Big Apple Voices. McNulty has gone on to record several internationally acclaimed and award winning albums since then (see dis- cography). The first in her three book series, Vocalist as Complete Musician, publishes early 2015.
Chris has performed at major international festivals including in AUSTRALIA: 2013 Wangaratta International Festival, the Perth International Jazz Festival (2014), Stonnington Jazz Festival (2009, 2014) and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (2007). UK: Edinburgh Jazz Festival (2009), Dundee Jazz Festival (2009), Brecon Jazz Festival (2007). IRELAND: Kilkenny Arts Festival (2006). RUSSIA: St. Petersburg’s – White Night’s Festival (2004) Petrozavodsk Jazz Festival, Arkhangelsk Jazz Festival (2010). UKRAINE: Kharkov Jazz Fest (2008). GERMANY: Ludwigshafen Jazz Festival (2012).
Chris has produced or co-produced all of her recordings and has appeared as a guest soloist on guitar great, Paul Bollenback’s releases – Brightness of Being and Invocation. She also wrote the vocal group arrangements and appeared as back- ground vocalist on the ground breaking hip-hop-RnB meets jazz album, Strange Frequencies recorded by the late Chap One which was released posthumously in March, 2012.