Catching Up With PJ Morton
Some of you may be familiar with the music of PJ Morton’s father, Bishop Paul Morton. While this is certainly a good association, PJ has definitely made his own musical name for himself. To say that PJ is an experienced musician and artist is an understatement. Not only has he released three spectacular albums (Emotions, Perfect Song, & Live from LA), but he has also had several successful collaborations with various neo-soul, r&b and gospel artists (India Arie, Jagged Edge, Johnta Austin, & Men of Standard to name a few). I purchased his first cd several years ago and have been a fan ever since. I got a chance to interview PJ about his music and here’s part of the conversation:
Mimi Soul: What are some of the things that inspire and influence your music?
PJ Morton: I’m actually very inspired by life. I’m one of those natural high type people. I’m inspired by life and the people and things I see around me everyday. Life has so much going on that you can get footage everyday for a song.
Mimi Soul: If you could describe your music in three words, which words would you choose?
PJ Morton: soulful, thought-provoking, and I’d hope that it would be infectious
Mimi Soul: Infectious in what sense?
PJ Morton: I write catchy songs and alot of times a song will get stuck in people’s head. Blah Blah Blah, and Don’t Ever Leave are examples.
Mimi Soul: Are there any artists that you haven’t gotten a chance to work with yet but you’d like to work with in the future?
PJ Morton: Sure. I’d like to work with John Mayer and Chris Martin from Coldplay. I’d really like to do something with the whole band. I’d like to do something with Stevie also. That would be a dream come true for me.
Mimi Soul: I read somewhere that you chose to record your latest cd, PJ Morton Live from LA because the energy is always so crazy there. For those of us who haven’t seen you perform live, could you describe what a live PJ Morton show is like?
PJ Morton: I think it’s more of an experience than a show. The PJ Morton experience is very energetic. I think the one misconception about soul music is the grown and sexy thing, laid-back type thing. Our thing is more like going to a rock concert than a laid-back soul concert I guess. My performance is continuous in that there aren’t many breaks in the show and the music never stops. It’s as if you’re listening to a cd. I also like to interact with the audience alot and it’s very give and take in that way. And, of course, it’s very musical. I always have a live band with me. It’s definitely all about the music first and foremost. So, that’s the PJ Morton experience.
Mimi Soul: What can we expect from your music in the future?
PJ Morton: I’m working on a record right now called Son of a Preacher Man. The plan is for the record to be released in September, and for the first single to be released in June or July. Although I don’t think any of my records are the same, I think this one will probably sound a little different from my other ones. This record kinda feels like a Kanye West meets Stevie Wonder type thing. I have a lot of people on this record. For instance, Kid Sister is supposed to be on the first single. I’m excited about letting the world hear this record because like each of my other records, this one is special to me. I think this record will reach even more people than my prior ones. I have a lot of music inside so I think I’ll be making music for a long time.
Doesn’t this make you want to be on the lookout for a PJ Morton’s performance near you? In the meantime, you all can purchase his latest cd, PJ Morton Live from LA from Amazon, iTunes or CD Baby and you can read more about him on his website.