Chris Morrison - Artist Manager, CMO Management Ltd
CMO Management and Chris Morrison have been in the music management business for over thirty years. The company continues to adapt to the ever changing industry over time but the core strengths and ethos remain the same. CMO is first and foremost an Artist led management company putting our passion, belief and business acumen behind the strength of the Artist.
In 2001 Chris was awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award (Peter Grant Award) at the annual MMF Awards and inducted into the MMF British Music Roll of Honour.
Chris Morrison signed his first artist – Thin Lizzy for management in 1972. He Managed Thin Lizzy for the duration of their career during which time they released fourteen albums, many compilation albums and sold in excess of fifteen million records. CMO continued to manage Phil Lynott as a solo artist until his untimely death in 1986 and until recently CMO managed the Thin Lizzy catalogue.
Since the beginning CMO have always had major artistic and commercial success in each decade representing the best in cutting edge music at that time whether with Thin Lizzy and John Cale in the 1970’s or with Ultravox and Visage at the vanguard of the new wave/new romantic movement in the early 1980’s. By the late 1980’s CMO were managing Dead or Alive, The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Beloved. Through the 1990’s it has been Blur, Elastica, Gorillaz, Morcheeba and Turin Brakes. We have had gold and or platinum success in the States with Thin Lizzy, Dead or Alive, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Elastica, Blur and Gorillaz.
Chris became a founding Band Aid Trustee in 1984 together with Midge Ure, Harvey Goldsmith, John Kennedy, Bob Geldof and Michael Grade. His work as a Trustee continues to this day and Chris and CMO co-ordinated the Band Aid 20 single in 2004 which sold over 1.1 million copies in the UK.
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