Chris McNulty arrived in NYC in 1988, originally hailing from Melbourne, Australia. Chris has released 6 recordings, 5 in the USA and has mostly released as an owner, independent producer-co producer. Her 7th project, “The Song that Sings You Here” , is now available. Her first US release, Waltz For Debby (Discovery, 1991) first introduced Chris to American audiences. Her lyric to the Miles Davis classic, “Blue in Green” appears on “Waltz for Debby” and is also the official, published lyric (Warner Chapel -1990). In 1993, Chris was selected as one of 6 jazz vocalists to appear on Venus Records, “Big Apple Singers”. Chris went on to release several recordings in the States while raising her son, Sam, including A Time For Love (Amosaya 1995). I Remember You (2002-2004 Elefant Dreams ED4546), Dance Delicioso (Elefant Dreams ED4547) Whispers the Heart (Elefant Dreams ED4549). Both Dance Delicioso and Whispers the Heart were the result of collaborations with husband, Paul Bollenback.
In 2007, Whispers the Heart, was included on the JJA Critics list of Top Ten picks of 2006 by JJA journalist, Nancy Barell. “Whispers the Heart” was also voted “Top pick of the month” by “Musica Jazz” Italy. Jim Wilke, radio host of nationally syndicated, “Jazz After Hours”, chose Chris’ “Dance Delicioso” as one of his top favorite vocal recordings of 2005. Her music not only encompasses unique renderings of familiar standards and re-harmonized pop tunes; she has also created a substantial body of original work. Chris McNulty’s music, recordings and story have been a major feature on national radio in Australia, the USA, Russia and elsewhere around the globe. Her vocalese work is featured on Paul Bollenback’s Brightness of Being (2006), Invocation (October 2007).
McNulty maintains an active international touring schedule. Her calendar includes major festival, concert and workshop/clinic presentations throughout the US, UK, Australia, Europe and Russia. Her calendar includes major festival and concert engagements in UK: Edinburgh Jazz Fest (2009), Dundee Jazz Fest (2008), Brecon Jazz Festival, (2007), Wakefield & Swansea Jazz & London’s prestigious, Pizza on the Park & Pizza Express (2004, 2007, 2008, 2010). Ireland: Kilkenny Arts Festival (2006); The Pendulum, Dublin, (2005, 2006). Australia: Melbourne Jazz Fest (2007), Stonnington Jazz Fest (2009), Bennetts Lane, Melbourne (2002, 2010, 2012), The Ellington, Perth (2009, 2010, 2011), SIMA and Venue 505 , Sydney (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). Russia: St. Petersburg, White Night’s Jazz Festival (2004), Kharkov Jazz Fest (2008), Petrozavodsk Jazz Fest & Arkhangelsk Jazz Fest (2010). In NYC, where Chris has resided since 1988, she appears regularly at The Bar Next Door, Greenwich Village as well as Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club. Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard, Joe’s Pub, Sweet Rhythm, Smoke Jazz Club and BAM among many others.
This coming August & November Chris will tour in Europe to help promote her new release “The Song That Sings You Here” which features: Ugonna Okegwo, Marcus Gilmore, Paul Bollenback, Andrei Konkokov, Graham Wood, Igor Butman and a special guest appearance by Anita Wardell.
Later on in 2012, Chris teams up with the outstanding Australian arranger/orchestrator, Steve Newcomb, to put together a selection of material including a suite written by Chris for her son. This project helps realize a special dream of Chris’ – recording/performing with large ensemble and strings.
Chris has collaborated and performed with many jazz greats including among others (USA) : Paul Bollenback, Gary Bartz, Gary Thomas, John Hicks, Mulgrew Miller, Billy Hart, Ugonna Okegwo, Mat Wilson, Marcus Gilmore, Montez Coleman, Gary Versace, David Budway, Peter Leitch, Ed Howard, John Di Martino, Rob Bargad, Tim Garland, Ingrid Jensen, Andrei Kondakov, Igor Butman, Tony Reedus and Anita Wardell to name a few. Most recently in Australia, Paul Grabowsky, Frank Di Sario, Mike Jordan & James Sherlock (Melb). Graham Wood, Carl Mackey, Ben Vanderwaal (Perth). Andrew Dickeson, Steve Barry, Cameron Undy, Mat McMahon (Sydney). As an educator, Chris recently collaborated with vocalist-educators, Ingrid James, Nina Harris & Bronwyn Sprogowski and is a continuing guest clinician at Monash University (Melb), Griffith University (Bris), West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA- Perth), A.I.M (Syd) and Uni of SA (Adelaide).