Chris Jasper (The Isley Brothers)

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If you are familiar with THE ISLEY BROTHERS, then you know Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, CHRIS JASPER, an
integral member of THE ISLEY BROTHERS during the 1970s and 1980s—their gold and platinum years—from the 3+3
(1973) to Between the Sheets (1983) albums. These were the years when THE ISLEY BROTHERS were a self-produced,
self-contained group.
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If you are familiar with THE ISLEY BROTHERS, then you have heard the music of CHRIS JASPER, who was primarily
responsible for writing and producing all of THE ISLEY BROTHERS music during this time, including such beautiful love
songs as “For The Love of You” and “Between the Sheets” and uptempo funk such as “Fight the Power.” His arrangements
and instrumentation as a classically-trained musician, and his expertise on the keyboards and synthesizers, are the foundation
of the legendary “Isley Brothers Sound.” When the six members of THE ISLEY BROTHERS disbanded (1984), Marvin and
Ernie Isley joined CHRIS JASPER and formed ISLEY-JASPER-ISLEY. Without this crucial musical component,

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THE ISLEY BROTHERS were no longer a self-produced, self-contained group.
CHRIS JASPER brought his “unique sound” and musical talents to ISLEY-JASPER-ISLEY, and topped the charts singing
lead vocals on “Caravan of Love” (1985), a song that was covered by English recording group, the Housemartins, an
international #1 pop hit. “Caravan” was also used in commercials as part of a Dodge Caravan advertising campaign. He was
also awarded a CEBA Award For Excellence for a Miller Brewing Company commercial. The music for that commercial
formed the basis for “Brother to Brother” from the “Different Drummer” album, which supported the anti-apartheid struggle
going on in South Africa at that time. His music has also been used in radio and television commercials, most recently
“Who’s That Lady” (Swiffer) and “Between The Sheets” (L’Oreal).
When ISLEY-JASPER-ISLEY disbanded (1988), CHRIS JASPER brought his “unique sound” to his own solo projects,
topping the charts with “SuperBad,” a song promoting the value of education. CHRIS JASPER has continued to write songs and produce his own R&B/Gospel music, as well as other artists, for his independent record label, Gold City Records (www.goldcitymusic.com).

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CHRIS JASPER’s music has been covered and sampled by hundreds of new and established recording artists, including
Whitney Houston, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Fantasia, Will Smith, Alliyah, Queen Latifah, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac,
Natalie Cole, and the list goes on and on. His music has also been used television and radio commercials
In 1992, CHRIS JASPER, along with the other members of THE ISLEY BROTHERS, was inducted into the ROCK &
ROLL HALL OF FAME.
BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION
Chris Jasper was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 30, 1951, the youngest of seven siblings. While growing up in
Cincinnati, Chris studied classical piano starting at the age of 7 years old. After graduating from high school in Cincinnati, he
moved to New York to study music composition at the Julliard School of Music.

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