PJ Morton releases his biggest and best album to date: Watch The Sun. Out now on his own Morton Records, all 11 songs were written and produced by the multi Grammy-winning, New Orleans born and bred soul artist, marking the next chapter in a remarkable career that continues to bridge styles, traditions and generations. “Morton’s smooth, soulful funk amalgamates with every style from reggae to Afrobeats,” raves Essence. “Resulting in a more versatile musical offering than we’ve seen yet from the artist – even as he covers the gamut of life experiences from romance to the everyday keeping on.”
Alongside special appearances from Stevie Wonder & Nas, Alex Isley & Jill Scott, JoJo & Mr. Talkbox, Chronixx, El DeBarge, Wale and other friends, collaborators and idols, PJ Morton dives deeper inward to confront the true challenges and changes he never thought he would sing about. “I’m being more honest, more authentic, more open than I’ve been in the past,” he says.
Watch PJ Morton discuss the album on CBS Mornings, in an interview filmed from Bogalusa, Louisiana’s Studio In The Country. As he explains, it was that storied studio in the middle of nowhere – where Allen Toussaint, Betty Davis, Stevie Wonder and more have all recorded – that allowed him to focus on the music of Watch The Sun in a fully organic and effortless way, serving almost as another band member all together.
After the most unbelievably active years of his career, the pandemic forced PJ Morton to slow down and take a step back. He spent time with his family that he otherwise couldn’t have, and when he started to pivot back to writing music, his computer crashed and he lost all of his latest work. When inspiration began to hit, and his drive to return to the studio became too strong to ignore, he took it as a sign to make sure whatever he was about to say was deliberate.
PJ Morton also delivered the live debut of On My Way (feat. El DeBarge) on The Kelly Clarkson Show, and has just made a grand return to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, kicking off an international Watch The Sun Tour that will take him to New York City’s Apollo Theatre, Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, along with Sydney and Melbourne on May 25 and May 26 respectively.
All dates are on-sale at pjmortonmusic.com/#shows.