1 October, 2021Print
PJ Morton Releases "Please Don't Walk Away," First Single of 2021New Music Follows Third GRAMMY Win in Three Straight Years
Today, PJ Morton returns with "Please Don't Walk Away." The brand new R&B and soul single marks Morton's first solo release since winning the 2021 GRAMMY Award for Best Gospel Album, his third consecutive GRAMMY win in three years. Over a silky bed of piano and bass, pairing twinkling rhodes with a sedate groove of hand claps and muted snare, the song's emotions swell with its rising walls of horns and harmonies. Contemplating the potential end of a relationship, Morton's yearning vocal performance and forthright lyricism put "Please Don't Walk Away" in the same lineage of romantic R&B hits like "Say So," "How Deep Is Your Love," "First Began" and more that have made him one of the most acclaimed and beloved artists in contemporary soul music.
"'Please Don't Walk Away' is in the spirit of when men were honest and willing to be vulnerable in music," says PJ Morton. "It came from a real place when I thought I was going to lose the love of my life. I just tapped into those feelings. And as it happens sometimes, something beautiful came from something tragic."
This fall, PJ Morton will bring "Please Don't Walk Away" and more new music to a special run of live shows that includes three nights with Robert Glasper at New York City's Blue Note, Oct 26-28, plus a headlining performance at the Kennedy Center on Nov 7. Find tickets here.
In addition to winning his latest GRAMMY and earning multiple NAACP Image, Dove and Stellar Award nominations, PJ Morton has continued a career-high streak of collaboration, creativity and change throughout 2021. Over the past months he has championed emerging talent through his Morton Records label and an ongoing residency at Dillard University, while raising thousands of dollars through a recent live-stream supporting Hurricane Ida relief in his hometown of New Orleans. In between working with Snoh Aalegra on her new album TEMPORARY HIGHS IN THE VIOLET SKIES, and teaming with BJ The Chicago Kid, Kenyon Dixon and Charlie Bereal for a tribute to Sam Cooke, PJ Morton has been playing venues like Wrigley Field and Fenway Park behind Maroon 5's latest LP. He has also appeared on recent episodes of GQ's The Breakdown, American Idol, Song Exploder and more.
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