Today, PJ Morton announces the release of his next album, Watch The Sun. Out April 29th on his own Morton Records, the project is poised to be his biggest and most anticipated to date, arriving at the apex of yet another creative, collaborative and crowning streak for the prolific star of independent soul music. In addition to earning five consecutive years of Grammy nominations as a self-released artist, including back-to-back-to-back Grammy wins, PJ Morton has topped charts and received nods for numerous BET, Soul Train and NAACP Image Awards throughout the remarkable series of six LPs he has put out since 2017. But to make Watch The Sun, he took a step back from it all.
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Venturing out of his New Orleans home, and deep into Bogalusa, Louisiana's secluded and storied Studio In The Country - where Stevie Wonder worked on 1979's Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants, and artists like Allen Toussaint, Betty Davis, Dr. John and many more have all recorded - Morton made it his mission to escape any and all outside voices. The result is the most cohesive and seamless collection of songs he has ever written, featuring the most expansive sonic palette he has ever developed as producer. He says:
"With the world changing so quickly in the last couple years, it called for a bunch of reflection. I reflected on what I wanted to change in my life. What I wanted to keep the same. What was left to say as an artist.
I think these last couple years taught us to identify what is truly important. It was important for me to tell an honest story on this album. The album is an unapologetically soulful painting about the true challenges in life and love."
Watch The Sun features the previously released "Please Don't Walk Away," which PJ Morton and his eight-piece band performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last month, as well as his brand new collaboration with JoJo, "My Peace" (feat. Mr. Talkbox). Following the duo's Grammy-winning 2019 duet, "Say So," their latest track has been called a self-care anthem by NPR Music, VIBE and more, while earning praise from E! News, Essence, HotNewHipHop, Revolt, XXL and many others.
The full tracklist, special guests and additional details will be revealed ahead of Watch The Sun's April 29th release. PJ Morton will begin to debut some of the songs live on his upcoming My Peace tour, which kicks off on March 11th, and includes a momentous hometown set at New Orleans Jazz Fest the same day the record drops.
PJ Morton is currently up for Best Traditional R&B Performance at the 2022 GRAMMY Awards ("Bring It On Home To Me" with BJ The Chicago Kid, Kenyon Dixon & Charlie Bereal), as well as Album of the Year for his contributions to Jon Batiste's We Are. He recently reunited with India.Arie for a duet that appears on Robert Glasper's Black Radio III, and starred alongside Dawn Richard in his music video for "Please Don't Walk Away." Find his initial list of tour dates below, with more to be announced soon.