On the back of her highly acclaimed US release of "Eternal,” vocalist-composer Chris McNulty has returned to Australia after living and performing in NYC and touring internationally for 28 years. 2013 Bell Award winner for "The Song that Sings You Here," McNulty’s “Eternal" recently made several "Album of the Year" lists including placing #11 for Album of the Year on the 2015 DownBeat Readers Poll as well as All About Jazz's Best Albums of 2015.
McNulty began her career as a 16 year old back in Melbourne, Australia singing in pubs and clubs before heading out on the road where she worked solidly for several years honing her craft and establishing her reputation as vocalist with a magnetic voice and stage presence. At the end of those early road days and by her early 20's, McNulty had progressed from Rnb/funk/pop/ session singer to full fledged jazz singer. Her work with several of Australia's finest jazz musicians including pianist Paul Grabowsky, trumpeter James Morrison and guitarist, George Golla helped solidify that direction. By 1980 she'd moved to Sydney to take advantage of a more vibrant jazz scene, to study informally and develop her jazz and musicianship skills further. McNulty made her first trip to NYC in 1985 and after being awarded a small study grant from the Australia Council in 1988 she returned to NYC. McNulty has resided in NYC since that time and has returned to tour in her home country for several decades. McNulty's emergence on the international jazz scene occurred around 1991 after the release of her first album in the States "Waltz For Debby" which garnered much critical acclaim in the US press. She's gone on to record 7 albums since then and has been hailed by musicians, peers and critics alike as musician's singer and a vocalist with a unique and distinct 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, compositions and performances have garnered 4 and 5 star reviews in publications including DownBeat, The Irish Times, Jazz Wise, Jazz Journal and JazzTimes, among many others. In NYC, McNulty has worked and collaborated with jazz greats including: Mulgrew Miller, Gary Thomas, Paul Bollenback, Gary Bartz, Billy Hart, John Hicks, George Mraz, Ugonna Okegwo, Kenny Washington. Tony Reedus, Peter Leitch, John Di Martino, Montez Coleman, Matt Wilson, Ingrid Jensen, Tineka Postma among many others
“Exquisite….McNulty applies poignant jazz chops to the vocal,
while accomplishing the impossible, the expression of her story through
song….making listeners rethink the meaning of why we love jazz.
Eternal is both easy to love, and profoundly touching.”
–– 5 stars, All About Jazz, July 2015
"McNulty has put all she has learned over half a lifetime of
jazz singing and songwriting into this exquisite chamber jazz CD.
A veteran performer on the international jazz scene, she has many gifts
as a performer and a direct channel to the emotional core of a lyric.
On this CD, McNulty bares her soul, and one doesn’t dare look away."
— 4 1/2 stars, DownBeat, June 2015
“Exquisite artistry.... a musical triumph ” — Hot House, NYC, June 2015
Chris McNulty’s tracks