PJ Morton

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PJ Morton
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Background information
Birth namePaul Morton Jr.
Born(1981-03-29) March 29, 1981 (age 32)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
GenresR&B, soul, pop
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, guitar, bass
Years active2001–present
LabelsYoung Money, Cash Money, Republic
Associated actsMaroon 5, Lil Wayne
Websitehttp://www.pjmortononline.com
 
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PJ Morton
TV WEEK LOGIES 2011.jpg
Background information
Birth namePaul Morton Jr.
Born(1981-03-29) March 29, 1981 (age 32)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
GenresR&B, soul, pop
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, guitar, bass
Years active2001–present
LabelsYoung Money, Cash Money, Republic
Associated actsMaroon 5, Lil Wayne
Websitehttp://www.pjmortononline.com

PJ Morton (born as Paul Morton Jr. on March 29, 1981) is an American R&B singer, musician and producer who is currently the stand-in keyboardist in pop rock band Maroon 5. On March 27, 2012, Morton released his first solo recording, the free EP Following My First Mind, on Lil Wayne's Young Money label. Adam Levine was featured on the lead single, “Heavy”; other musicians on the EP include Lil Wayne, Jazmine Sullivan and Chantae Cann. On May 14, 2013, Morton released his first major-label debut album, New Orleans.

Early life[edit]

Morton's father is American gospel singer Paul S. Morton. His mother is Debra Brown Morton.

Career[edit]

Maroon 5[edit]

Morton’s big break came in 2010, when his friend and Maroon 5's musical director Adam Blackstone asked him to audition for a keyboardist/backing vocalist spot in the band. Morton was the first to audition and left an indelible mark on the group.[1] Since then, he has played with Maroon 5 in concerts and other live performances and he is now[vague] temporarily filling in for its keyboardist, Jesse Carmichael, as confirmed by the group in March 2012.[citation needed]

Signing with Young Money and New Orleans[edit]

Morton's solo work won the attention of Young Money’s President, Mack Maine, who signed him to his production company, Soothe Your Soul and Young Money in 2011. Maine immediately recognized Morton’s talent, along with Cash Money Records' co-CEOs Ronald "Slim" Williams and Bryan "Birdman" Williams, and Young Money's head Lil Wayne. On Morton and the "Following My First Mind" EP, Maine said, “I signed PJ because his music does not just soothe your ears, it soothes your soul. His music truly impacts your emotions and gets into your mind. We have known PJ is a special artist for many years and now with Young Money Entertainment being able to share his music at large, the whole world will get to know."[2] The "Following My First Mind" EP was released on March 27, 2012.

On May 14, 2013, Morton released his first YMCMB album, New Orleans. This includes his latest single, "Only One" featuring Stevie Wonder.

Other work[edit]

After winning Grammy's for his songwriting and production of India.Arie's “Interested", Morton won Dove and Stellar awards in 2008. His collaboration with gospel crooner DeWayne Woods resulted in a huge career high.[vague] The testimony Morton articulated in “Let Go, Let God” catapulted[vague] up the charts for a record seventy weeks and won numerous[vague] awards and accolades,[citation needed] most importantly bringing PJ’s early influences full circle.[vague]

Morton was also noticed by AR Rahman (composer for Slumdog Millionaire), who asked Morton to contribute “Sajna” to the soundtrack and movie for the Vince Vaughn comedy Couples Retreat. Morton has also produced and written for musicians such as Jermaine Dupri, LL Cool J, Jagged Edge, Monica, India.Arie, gospel musician Fred Hammond and Heather Headley. In 2009, he published a book titled Why Can't I Sing About Love?. In it he ruminates on the idea that church music and secular music about love can come from the same place[vague] if God and love are the same.[3]

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

Live Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

As PJ Morton Band[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PJ Morton Talks Transition From Writing Gospel Music to Singing with Young Money Records". UGospel.Com. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  2. ^ "Maroon 5's PJ Morton Talks Young Money Deal". AllHipHop.Com. 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  3. ^ "Why Can't I Sing About Love?". WhyCan'tISingAboutLove.Com. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 

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