PJ Morton First Began

PJ Morton

"First Began"

PJ Morton (born as Paul Morton, Jr.; March 29, 1981) is an American R&B musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. Since 2012, he has been one of the keyboardists, alongside Jesse Carmichael, for the pop rock band Maroon 5. Morton originally joined the band as a touring member in 2010 and became an official member in 2012 after Carmichael went on indefinite hiatus (he returned to the lineup in 2014).

On March 27, 2012, Morton released his debut solo EP, Following My First Mind, through the record label Young Money. Adam Levine and James Valentine were featured on the lead single, "Heavy"; other musicians on the EP include Lil Wayne, Jazmine Sullivan and Chantae Cann. On May 14, 2013, Morton released his first major-label debut album, New Orleans. In 2016, he released his mixtape Bounce & Soul Vol. 1 in March and the Sticking to My Guns EP in July. On April 14, 2017, Morton released his first self-released studio album Gumbo which received widespread acclaim from critics and earned Morton two Grammy nominations for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Song at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

New Orleans Singer/songwriter/keyboardist and Maroon 5 band member PJ Morton has been racking up critical acclaim with his solo album Gumbo. He is now nominated for two Grammy awards --Best R&B song for "First Began" and "Best R&B Album for "Gumbo", released in April 2017.