PJ Morton Biography, Age, Wife, Maroon 5, Albums, New Orleans

PJ Morton Biography

PJ Morton is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. He has been one of the keyboardists, alongside Jesse Carmichael, for the pop rock band Maroon 5 since 2012. In 2010, Morton originally joined the band as a touring member and became an official member in 2012 after Carmichael went on indefinite hiatus (he returned to the lineup in 2014).

In March 2012, Morton released his debut solo EP, Following My First Mind, through the record label Young Money. James Valentine and Adam Levine were featured on the lead single, “Heavy”. Morton released his first major-label debut album, New Orleans in May 2013. In 2016, Morton released his mixtape Bounce & Soul Vol. 1 in March and the Sticking to My Guns EP in July. He also released his first self-released studio album Gumbo, on April 14, 2017, earning Morton two Grammy Award nominations for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Song at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

 PJ Morton Age

PJ Morton is 37 years old as per 2018 born on March 29, 1981 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

 PJ Morton Wife | Dating

PJ Morton is Married to Kortni Morton Since 2012.

PJ Morton Parents

Morton’s father, Bishop Paul S. Morton is Canadian-born American gospel singer and Founder of the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship. His mother is Dr. Debra Brown Morton, pastor of Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church.

PJ Morton Education

Morton graduated St. Augustine High School and majored in marketing at Morehouse College, graduating in 2003

 PJ Morton Maroon 5

Morton’s friend and Maroon 5’s musical director Adam Blackstone asked him to audition for a position in the band in 2010, as keyboardist and backing vocalist. he was the first to audition and left an indelible mark on the group. Since then, Morton has played with Maroon 5 in concerts and other live performances. Morton filled-in for the band’s keyboardist, Jesse Carmichael, from 2012 to 2014 who was on an indefinite hiatus from performing with the group, as stated on their official website in March 2012. He joined the band as a full-time member in 2012, contributing his vocal and keyboard parts on Maroon 5’s fourth studio album, Overexposed, and continuing to do so during the processes of recording the band’s 2014 and 2017 albums, V and Red Pill Blues.

PJ Morton Signing to Young Money and New Orleans

In 2011, Morton’s solo work won the attention of Mack Maine, who signed him to his production company, Soothe Your Soul, and Young Money Entertainment. On March 27, 2012, the Following My First Mind EP was released. Morton released his major-label debut studio album with Young Money Records on May 14, 2013, entitled New Orleans. In 2014, the album’s lead single, “Only One,” which features Stevie Wonder, was nominated for the Best R&B Song at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

PJ Morton Gumbo

Morton moved to New Orleans in 2016 and opened a record label called Morton Records which he envisioned as “the New Orleans Motown.” He also started working on Gumbo same year. About the album’s title Morton said “I named it Gumbo because the actual dish is a bunch of things mixed in together to make [something] beautiful”. He added “I wanted to grow as a songwriter and talk about more things … about where we are in the world today, the tension, how divided we are as a country. It kind of felt like I was dumping a bunch of subject matter together and I made it in New Orleans so that sounded like gumbo to me.” On March 25, 2016, as a first step, Morton released Bounce & Soul Vol. 1, a mixtape which includes re-imagined versions of his best songs in New Orleans’ bounce style. Morton released the Sticking to My Guns EP, on July 1, 2016, featuring the single of the same name. The EP, besides including alternative versions of “First Began” and “Sticking to My Guns”, it also contains “Say So”, a song that was later cut from the final tracklist of the album. Morton released “You Should Be Ashamed”, on November 15, 2016, a Stevie Wonder-esque socially conscious song that was later replaced by “Religion”. Morton announced on March 13, 2017, on his Instagram page April 14, 2017 as the release date of Gumbo.

PJ Morton Photo
PJ Morton Photo

Although Gumbo didn’t manage to enter on the US Billboard 200 chart upon its release it received positive reviews from most music critics, who complimented Morton’s style and praised him for his singing and songwriting. The album earned him two Grammy nominations for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Song at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

PJ Morton Other work

After winning Grammy Awards for his songwriting and production on India.Arie’s Interested, in 2008, Morton won Dove and Stellar Awards. Morton was also noticed by AR Rahman, composer for Slumdog Millionaire, who asked him 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, India.Arie, LL Cool J, Jagged Edge, Monica, Men of Standard, gospel musicians Fred Hammond, Brian Courtney Wilson, and Heather Headley. He published a book entitled Why Can’t I Sing About Love in 2009.

PJ Morton Studio albums As a solo artist

  • Emotions (2005)
  • Walk Alone (2010)
  • New Orleans (2013)
  • Gumbo (2017)
  • Christmas with PJ Morton (2018)

PJ Morton Mixtapes

  • Bounce & Soul Volume 1 (2016)

PJ Morton Live albums

  • Live from LA (2008)
  • Live Show Killer (2015)
  • Gumbo Unplugged (2018)

PJ Morton EPs

  • Following My First Mind (2012)
  • Sticking to My Guns (2016)

With the PJ Morton Band

  • Perfect Song (2007)

PJ Morton With Maroon 5

  • Overexposed (2012)
    V (2014)
  • Red Pill Blues (2017)

PJ Morton Awards and nominations

Year

Nominee/work

Award

Result

2013

“Payphone”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Nominated

Overexposed

Best Pop Vocal Album

Nominated

2014

“Only One”

Best R&B Song

Nominated

2016

“Sugar”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Nominated

2018

Gumbo

Best R&B Album

Nominated

“First Began”

Best R&B Song

Nominated

2019

Best R&B Performance

Pending

“Girls Like You”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Pending

“How Deep Is Your Love”

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Pending

Gumbo Unplugged

Best R&B Album

Pending

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