PJ Morton is an up-and-coming artist with a distinctive sound and tenor that is heaven to the ears.
Back in May, AXS has the pleasure of interviewing Morton, in which he described how much his hometown of New Orleans has influenced his music, his humble beginnings and the memorable moments from a career that’s shaping up to be remarkable in itself (click here to read the interview).
For those who are new to the brilliant work of PJ Morton, here is a little bit of background.
Born-and-raised in New Orleans, Morton got his training like most R&B crooners, in the church. After graduating high school and getting a major in marketing at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Morton was asked by Maroon 5’s musical director Adam Blackstone to audition for a spot in the band as a part-time keyboardist and backing vocalist in 2010.
He got the gig, and in 2012, Morton became a full-time member of Maroon 5. While he’s still with the band, Morton has also found the time to release solo projects, the first of which was New Orleans for Young Money Records in 2013. Three years later, Morton moved back to his hometown and created Morton Records, in which he sees as being the "Motown of New Orleans."
His first LP for his new imprint was the impeccable Gumbo, and to support the album, Morton will hit the road to give fans a steady diet of Gumbo on the More Gumbo tour, bringing along Brik. Liam for select shows.
Keep in mind the dates and venues are subject to change and don’t forget the Tabasco sauce.
March 21 -- Ithaca, NY -- The Space at Greenstar
April 13 -- Kansas City, MO -- Riot Room* (Click here for tickets)
April 15 -- Denver, CO -- Larimer Lounge
April 16 -- Salt Lake City, UT -- State Room*
April 18 -- West Hollywood, CA -- Troubadour*
April 19 -- Oakland, CA -- The New Parish*
April 20 -- Portland, OR -- Aladdin Theater
April 27 -- Dallas, TX -- Kessler Theater*
April 28 -- Sugar Land, TX -- Sugar’s Cajun Restaurant*
May 5 -- Cleveland, OH -- House of Blues Cambridge Room*
May 6 -- Nashville, TN -- Exit/IN*
May 7 -- Detroit, MI -- El Club* (Click here for tickets)
May 8 -- Chicago, IL -- Lincoln Hall*
May 10 -- Minneapolis, MN -- Dakota Jazz Club*
May 14 -- Silver Spring, MD -- Fillmore*
May 15 -- Brooklyn, NY -- Brooklyn Bowl*
May 17 -- Charlotte, NC -- Neighborhood Theatre*
May 18 -- Atlanta, GA -- The Loft*
June 22 -- Tangiers -- Akron, OH