“I’m so excited to be partnering with Dillard University,” said multi-Grammy Award winner PJ Morton who was recently named the new artist-in-residence at Dillard University. “As both an HBCU graduate and a New Orleanian, it’s very important for me to pass on any and everything I can to educate and inspire. I believe this is the beginning of something special,” said the Morehouse College graduate.
From Dillard’s historic Samuel DuBois Cook Performing Arts Center, Morton will “pass on” instruction in music, business, and community activism.
At Dillard, he will conduct master classes in songwriting, music publishing, studio production, and talent management. Students will gain professional work experience through internships in merchandising, studio production, management, and videography. They will also compete against one another in a talent showcase during the Spring 2021 semester. The winner will have a single produced by Morton Records.
“This residency brings the best and one of the most influential artists in the music industry to Dillard University. The conceptual and musical sophistication of PJ Morton’s work, as well as his commitment to social responsibility, will have a profound impact on our students,” said Cortheal Clark, chair for the School of Humanities.
Morton, who is a staunct community activist, is a fulltime keyboardist for the pop rock band Maroon 5. He is also a solo artist who runs his own record label, Morton Records. He’s been music director for Solange, and has collaborated with the likes of Erykah Badu, JoJo, Kirk Franklin, Lil Wayne, Rapsody, Stevie Wonder, Tyler Perry, Yebba, and dozens of others.
He has had a successful porfolio of Grammy-winning singles and Grammy-nominated albums in the R&B, pop, and gospel categories. Since the breakthrough of his 2017 LP Gumbo, he’s led a streak of six self-released and self-produced albums, ten Grammy nominations and back-to-back wins, his first-ever BET, and Soul Train and NAACP Image Award nominations. His recent project is Gospel According to PJ . It has been nominated for Best Gospel Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards.