PJ Morton's "Paul"

Keyboardist, producer, and singer, Paul Jr. Morton, released his album “Paul” featuring Tobe Nwige, Jazmine Sullivan, Rapsody, JoJo, and Angela Rye on August 9th. While touring with and playing for popular rock band Maroon 5 since 2012, PJ Morton has been releasing music of his own. He signed to Young Money Entertainment in 2011 and later released his first EP, Following First My Mind, in 2012 and album, New Orleans, in 2013. In 2016, Morton opened his own record label entitled “Morton Records” before releasing his album “Gumbo” the following year.

“Paul” is PJ Morton’s sixth studio album. It has a R&B sound with a vibe of its own and a lyrically uplifting and personal theme in songs such as, “PRACTICING” featuring Tobe Nwigwe, where Morton speaks on chasing your dreams opposed to letting doubters lead you astray. He states in the chorus,

“Everybody says, "Follow the rules," yeah
But what works for me might not work for you
Sometimes they're right and sometimes they're wrong
It just goes to show
We're just practicing, and no one really knows”

and “MAGA?,” that touches on America’s political climate incorporating the irony of Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.” He states,

“Make America great again
I think they mean it was great for them
'Cause it wasn't so great for everyone back then
So weigh in”

The album also includes love songs (which R&B album doesn’t??) such as, “READY,” a pre-released album single and “BUILT FOR LOVE” featuring outstanding vocalist, Jazmine Sullivan. Altogether, “Paul” consists of ten songs inspired by his hometown New Orleans, Louisiana. My current favorites are “BUILT FOR LOVE,” DON’T LET GO,” and “DON’T BREAK MY HEART.”

Rebecca Simpson