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      May 9, 2019

      Thursday   8:00 PM

      723 Rigsbee Ave
      Durham, North Carolina 27701

      PJ Morton

      with Peter Collins
      It just doesnt happen often enough anymore. In fact, the whole ordeal sounds like somethingthat Motown mightve organized back in 72.However, the year was 2018, and we can thank Morton Records for the evening...In late January, GRAMMY Award- and Dove Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer,multi-instrumentalist, Morton Records founder, and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton called hislive band, The Matt Jones Orchestra, and a bevy of high-profile special guests to Power StationStudios at Berklee NYC. The next day, his critically acclaimed 2017 opus, Gumbo [MortonRecords], would compete in the categories of Best R&B Album and Best R&B Song for FirstBegan at the GRAMMY Awardsyet everybody focused on the magic of the moment athand. In just one take over the course of forty minutes, these musicians performed the ninesongs comprising Gumbo live. The result would be the artists 2018 offering, Gumbo Unplugged.What you hear on the album is what we did that night, he beams. Thats a very old schoolconcept. We brought in the orchestra because the strings figured so prominently on theoriginal. I wanted fans to see and hear how its really done in the studio though. On stage, its adifferent expression for me. There were so many special nights on the tour. I needed to capturethat and give it to audiences. Im really proud of what we did. This was all the real thing.On Gumbo, BJ The Chicago Kid & The HamilTones separately recorded their parts toEverythings Gonna Be Alright. Meanwhile, Lecrae sent in his cameo for the No Religionremix. Gumbo Live saw them record in person with Morton and Co. for the very first time,marking a momentous occasion.Those guys are all pros, he goes on. It was a treat to finally get to jam these out in person.In less than a month, the recording of the Bee Gees How Deep Is Your Love [feat. YEBBA]quickly generated over 432K Spotify streams and 406K YouTube/VEVO views. Sitting behind anacoustic piano backed by lush orchestration, his smooth and soulful delivery engages,entrances, and enchants as YEBBA belts out the harmony.Thats always been one of my favorite songs, he goes on. Its an honor to reintroduce it toold fans and introduce it to young kids. YEBBA just killed it. How Deep Is Your Love will foreverbe connected to me in a way now.Just like Gumbo is.Upon release, the record crashed the Top 10 of the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart inaddition to attracting acclaim from The Washington Post, The Advocate, and more. WithMorton averaging over 553K monthly listeners on Spotify, First Began and Go Thru YourPhone both cracked the 2-million-mark as Claustrophobic [feat. Pell] broke 1 million andHow Deep Is Your Love followed on its heels. Its just the latest chapter in an unbelievablecareer though.In addition to boasting collaborations with Adam Levine, Lil Wayne, and Busta Rhymes, hiscritically acclaimed 2013 offering, New Orleans, earned a 2014 GRAMMY Award nomination inthe category of Best R&B Song for Only One [feat. Stevie Wonder]. Pitchfork called it, asmooth and soulful pop/R&B hybrid, and the record dramatically expanded his influence. Inaddition to figuring prominently on Maroon 5s multiplatinum Overexposed and V, Morton haswritten and produced for everybody from BJ The Chicago Kid, Jermaine Dupri, and JazmineSullivan 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 literarydebut Why Cant I Sing About Love? in 2009, and become music director for Solange followingthe 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 andhunger and cooked up Gumbo before topping the charts again with Maroon 5s Red Pill Blues.With the More Gumbo Tour and more signings and surprises planned for Morton Records, hesonly just begun to reinvigorate soul from the place he calls home.When people listen to me, I hope it inspires them to be themselves, be proud of who they are,and be confident in their creativity, he leaves off. I want to showcase real musicians in thisway again. Im also proud we made this record in New Orleans. Id love to encourage my city.Its possible to get far in the music business by doing it right here. You dont have to leave. Iactually came back to get here, he smiles.

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