In late January, GRAMMY® Award- and Dove® Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, Morton Records founder, and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton called his live band, The Matt Jones Orchestra, and a bevy of high-profile special guests to Power Station Studios at Berklee NYC. The next day, his critically acclaimed 2017 opus, Gumbo [Morton Records], would compete in the categories of “Best R&B Album” and “Best R&B Song” for “First Began” at the GRAMMY® Awards—yet everybody focused on the magic of the moment at hand. In just one take over the course of forty minutes, these musicians performed the nine songs comprising Gumbo live. The result would be the artist’s 2018 offering, Gumbo Unplugged.
Upon release, the record crashed the Top 10 of the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart in addition to attracting acclaim from The Washington Post, The Advocate, and more. With Morton averaging over 553K monthly listeners on Spotify, “First Began” and “Go Thru Your Phone” both cracked the 2-million-mark as “Claustrophobic” [feat. Pell] broke 1 million and “How Deep Is Your Love” followed on its heels. It’s just the latest chapter in an unbelievable career though.
In addition to boasting collaborations with Adam Levine, Lil Wayne, and Busta Rhymes, his critically acclaimed 2013 offering, New Orleans, earned a 2014 GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best R&B Song” for “Only One” [feat. Stevie Wonder]. Pitchfork called it, “a smooth and soulful pop/R&B hybrid,” and the record dramatically expanded his influence. In addition to figuring prominently on Maroon 5’s multiplatinum Overexposed and V, Morton has written and produced for everybody from BJ The Chicago Kid, Jermaine Dupri, and Jazmine Sullivan to Monica and India.Arie, winning a GRAMMY® for collaborating with the latter in 2008. His music has also popped up in films such as Couples Retreat and more.
Among many other accolades, he has received Dove® and Stellar® Awards, published his literary debut Why Can’t I Sing About Love? in 2009, and become music director for Solange following the release of her critically acclaimed opus A Seat At The Table.
Relocating from Los Angeles back to New Orleans, he returned with a pronounced fire and hunger and cooked up Gumbo before topping the charts again with Maroon 5’s Red Pill Blues. With the More Gumbo Tour and more signings and surprises planned for Morton Records, he’s only just begun to reinvigorate soul from the place he calls home.
SUPPORT ACT STARTS AT 8:30pm: Taylor Sheraton
Line up: PJ Morton (vocals, keys), Shemiah Turner (bass), Brian Cockerham (bass), Edward Clark (drums), Shaina Berry (back vocals), Jakiya Williams (back vocals)
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