PJ Morton Releases Watch The Sun Live: The Mansion Sessions, New Orchestral Live Album Featuring Songs From The GRAMMY-Nominated LP & More | Shore Fire Media

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PJ Morton Releases Watch The Sun Live: The Mansion Sessions, New Orchestral Live Album Featuring Songs From The GRAMMY-Nominated LP & More

PJ Morton Releases Watch The Sun Live: The Mansion Sessions, New Orchestral Live Album Featuring Songs From The GRAMMY-Nominated LP & More


Upcoming Projects Include Disney Collaboration & First South Africa Concerts, Additional US Tour Dates Set For Fall


Today, with the official release of Watch The Sun Live: The Mansion SessionsPJ Morton continues his now cherished tradition of celebratory and communal live albums. Combining both the orchestral elements of his Grammy-winning Gumbo Unplugged with the intimacy of The Piano AlbumThe Mansion Sessions was similarly captured alongside friends, collaborators and fans all together in one big, beautiful room, in the form of one continuous take. The record delivers new arrangements of songs from 2022's Watch The Sun, which earned PJ Morton his sixth consecutive year of Grammy nominations, including Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song and Best Gospel Performance/Song. A rendition of "Good Morning" featuring Susan Carol is part of the set too, as well as a cover of Ms. Lauryn Hill's "The Sweetest Thing," Morton's live show staple "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," and a six-piece ensemble of special guests on chart-topping radio hit, "Better Benediction."

"Every time I work on an album, go on tour and play it live, it starts to take on a different life," says PJ Morton. "This time was no different, so for the one-year anniversary of Watch The Sun, I invited some family and friends over, and we recorded it all on film."

Following a premiere event on YouTube last night, Watch The Sun Live: The Mansion Sessions is now available on all digital platforms via Morton Records:


The Mansion Sessions is the latest in a tireless series of exciting news from PJ Morton. Last month he announced his first-ever South Africa shows, taking place in Cape Townand Johannesburg this October. In addition to headlining both dates with his 12-piece band, he will be traveling across the continent to work with different artists and local musicians on a brand new project. More details and dates will be revealed soon. 

PJ Morton is also writing, arranging and producing original music for Disney's upcoming Disneyland and Disney World attraction, Tiana's Bayou Adventure. A dream come true for the New Orleans native, the collaboration will include new songs and fresh arrangements of fan-favorites from Disney film The Princess and the Frog, all of which visitors will be able to hear when the attraction opens next year. 

On the heels of Maroon 5's Las Vegas residency, PJ Morton returns to the road for a string of US dates next week, in a year that's already seen him play The Daily ShowJennifer Hudson Show, Governors Ball, Blue Note Jazz Festival and much more. See the full list below and find tickets at pjmortonmusic.com/#shows.


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Watch The Sun Live: The Mansion Sessions Tracklist


Good Morning (feat. Susan Carol)

On My Way (feat. Kenyon Dixon)

My Peace (feat. Mr. Talkbox & Tiondria Norris)

Be Like Water (feat. Sunni Patterson)

So Lonely

Please Don't Walk Away

Watch The Sun

Still Believe (feat. Sheléa)

Lil Too Heavy

Better Benediction (feat. Zacardi Cortez, Erica Campbell, Lisa Knowles-Smith, Tim Rogers, Samoht & Darrel 'MusiqCity' Walls)

Everything's Gonna Be Alright

The Sweetest Thing


PJ Morton Tour Dates

8/16 - Detroit, MI - The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre

8/17 - Chicago, IL - Millennium Park Summer Series

8/19 - Columbus, OH - CBUS Soul Fest at Genoa Park

9/16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Pittsburgh International Jazz Fest

9/17 - Atlanta, GA - Music Midtown - Piedmont Park

9/21 - Los Angeles, CA - Bram Goldsmith Theater

10/6 - Cape Town, South Africa - The Old Biscuit Mill

10/13 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace

11/24 - New Orleans, LA - Orpheum Theater


About PJ Morton

PJ Morton is a soul singer, songwriter, performer and producer based in New Orleans. Following four consecutive years of Grammy wins as a self-released, self-produced artist, in addition to chart-topping achievements and countless collaborations, his latest album Watch The Sun is the next step in a remarkable career that continues to bridge styles, traditions and generations. A collection of 11 all new original songs, out now on his own Morton Records, Watch The Sun features Stevie Wonder, Nas, Jill Scott, JoJo, El DeBarge, Chronixx, Wale, Alex Isley and more, as the music delves further inward than ever before. "I'm being more honest, more authentic, more open than I've been in the past," he says, describing the album as an unapologetic painting of the true challenges in life and love.

Following the breakthrough of his Gumbo LP in 2017, and the six albums he's released since then, PJ Morton has experienced a prolific and critically-acclaimed streak that has also led to his first-ever NAACP Image Award and Soul Train nominations, BET Award nominations, sold-out shows at the historic Apollo Theater and far beyond, in addition to four Grammy wins and 19 career-total nominations. On top of running his record label and serving as Maroon 5's full-time keyboardist, his resume also includes work with Solange, Erykah Badu, Jon Batiste, Yebba and many others, as well as creating original music for Disney's upcoming Disneyland and Disney World attraction, Tiana's Bayou Adventure. 


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