Wed, May 8, 2019


with Peter Collins

About PJ Morton:
It all starts and ends with the music.

For PJ Morton, the songs, records, and shows say everything that needs to be said -- and more. Whether performing, playing, or producing, the GRAMMY® Award- and Dove® Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, Morton Records founder, and Maroon 5 keyboardist fills one timeless role most comfortably, that of a "Music Man."

In doing so, he consistently crafts work of a classic caliber on stage and in the studio.

"I've been blessed to communicate through songs better than words or anything else," he admits. "I believe in the power of music and honesty. When those two things come together, there's nothing more powerful. I endeavor to be a true 'Music Man' who loves these instruments and the lineage that got us here. It doesn't matter if I'm putting out another artist on my label, making material of my own, producing someone else, or in Maroon 5, I'm a 'Music Man' in every way."

2019 upheld this claim for Morton. Recorded live in New York and released under his own New Orleans-based Morton Records, Gumbo Unplugged garnered three 2019 GRAMMY®Award nominations -- "Best R&B Album," "Best Traditional R&B Performance" for "How Deep Is Your Love" [feat. Yebba], and "Best R&B Performance" for "First Began" -- and brought his total back-to-back tally of solo nominations to five, including a pair of 2018 GRAMMY® nods for the original Gumbo. Just a week prior to the ceremony, he walked on to the world's biggest stage and delivered a historic performance alongside Maroon 5 at Super Bowl LIII.

These moments marked a much-deserved victory lap for the consummate musician. Throughout 2018, he continued a steady expansion of his growing discography. He composed the score for YouTube Premium's critically acclaimed comedy series Champaign ILL and penned the theme to OWN's Ready to Love. Not to mention, he wrapped up a heartfelt holiday album, Christmas With PJ Morton, which Entertainment Weekly dubbed "this year's surprise stocking stuffer." He touched down on a total of four continents during the six-month Gumbo World Tour, selling out gigs everywhere from Spain and Japan to Seoul, Korea.

At the same time, he focused on further building his company. He grew the roster by way of flagship signings The Amours and producer Erick Bardales. Two Washington D.C.-bred sisters, The Amours traveled the world as part of the label founder's band and could be heard on Gumbo Unplugged as backing vocalists. As Morton manned the board as producer and executive producer back in New Orleans, the pair cooked up a striking, simmering, and soulful debut for 2019.

"Morton Records is starting to become what I envisioned it to be outside of my solo records," he explains. "I really want to help other artists achieve success in their careers. I want to spotlight New Orleans talent, and I also want to give writers and producers a platform. I signed Erick first. After spending so much time on the road alongside The Amours, I really got to know them. It goes without saying they're talented, but their character interested me more than anything else. We have a connection. It felt like an organic, natural progression for them to be my first artist."

Morton has quietly, independently, and humbly secured his position at the forefront of 21stcentury soul and R&B. In 2017, Gumbo bowed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart and received praise from The Washington Post and The Advocate, to name a few. Generating over 30 million cumulative streams in under three years, he regularly averages over half-a-million monthly listeners on Spotify. Meanwhile, 2013's New Orleansreceived a 2014 GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of "Best R&B Song" for "Only One" [feat. Stevie Wonder]. Putting it best, Pitchfork described the project as "a smooth and soulful pop/R&B hybrid."

In addition to figuring prominently on Maroon 5's multiplatinum OverexposedV, and Red Pill Blues, he has written and produced for everybody from BJ The Chicago Kid, Jermaine Dupri, and Jazmine Sullivan to Monica and India.Arie, winning a GRAMMY® for collaborating with the latter in 2008. His compositions have also popped up in films such as Couples Retreat and more. Among many other accolades, he has received Dove® and Stellar® Awards, published his literary debut Why Can't I Sing About Love? in 2009, and become music director for Solange following the release of her critically acclaimed opus A Seat At The Table.

In the end, he embodies the spirit of a "Music Man" through and through as he redefines the term for a new era.

"If GumboGumbo Unplugged, and the label have taught me anything, it's to bet on myself and bet on the things that make me different instead of trying to focus on what could make me the same as other artists," he leaves off. "We're clear and confident about who we are as individuals. The creative freedom extends to Morton Records. I want people to always expect us to do something different, special, and creatively free. I also want to give back to my city and display my passion for New Orleans. It's the best thing I can do with all of this."

About Peter Collins:
Peter Collins started off by posting videos of himself covering songs on his social media accounts, and people instantly fell in love with him, his voice, and his music. His soft, smooth, gentle but immensely soulful voice is comforting to any ear.  He is a vocalist whose spirit is as gentle and captivating as his mesmerizing, sultry, voice.  And the control he has with his voice is impressive. He is truly a singer’s singer.   Peter's sound is an eclectic mix of R&B, Soul, and Jazz with an Inspirational foundation. He's inspired by the music and sounds of the past mixed with his creative fresh perspective. It is this binding together of the past with the present moving into the future. The way he sings, his goal is to provide the listener with a whole host of intimate emotions. Creating a mood for people is what he wants to do. Pulling inspiration from any and everywhere, Peter's journey as an independent artist has taken him all over the world meeting some incredible people. The music that he creates is totally organic and genuine, and it is all driven by his love and passion for music. Peter draws from all the genres not belonging to just one. He is inspirational; he is R&B he is jazz; he is music from other cultures. Creating music is his genre. The internet and social media were buzzing after Peter released his debut album, "Love and Mind," - available on all digital outlets- at the tail end of December 2018. Follow him on his journey, purchase his album “Love and Mind,” and check him out in person at his performance dates.  

You won't be disappointed! 

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  • Doors

    6:30 PM
  • Show

    8:30 PM
  • Price

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    $20 General Admission


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