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There’s no place like home, especially for New Orleans natives…
This magical city gave birth to jazz music, and its streets breed inspiration like no other. After traveling the world as a successful solo artist and keyboardist for pop powerhouse Maroon 5, GRAMMY® Award- and Dove® Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist PJ Morton gained a new perspective on his old stomping grounds that would inform his 2017 solo offering and debut for his own Morton Records, the aptly titled Gumbo.
“In 2013, Maroon 5 did Jazz & Heritage Festival, and it was the first time I ever looked at New Orleans with different eyes,” he admits. “I wasn’t with my family. I was at a totally different place in my life. Like I’d never been here, I saw the charm of why people love this town. At that point, I had been all over the world and so many places. I really started to appreciate it. It brought me back to the beginning. I remembered dreaming of the GRAMMYs® and being on Saturday Night Live. I’d actually accomplished those goals since I left. I wanted to tap into that feeling again. That planted the seed of, ‘Maybe I could move back here.’”
By the time he moved back in 2016, Morton had built an unbelievable career. 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.
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