PJ Morton, the unofficial sixth member of Maroon 5, played a solo show at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, DC. “I’ve heard of some awesome things and amazing things that have happened here. I’m excited.” Long before PJ joined Maroon 5 on their Hands All Over tour, he was a Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer and successful solo artist. Yet with the upcoming release of Maroon 5’s album Overexposed and PJ’s recent signing with Young Money Entertainment, PJ is about to experience a new ascent to his career.
When Maroon 5 decided they needed some extra keys and vocals to recreate the sound of Hands All Over live, they tapped PJ Morton. He was the first and last musician the band auditioned. “So I learned Sunday Morning. We played that. And it seemed like after I played that, they were like well what else do you know? And we ended up jamming for much longer than we were suppose to.”
With Maroon 5 keyboardist Jesse Carmichael taking a break, PJ Morton now finds himself doing double duty full-time. “It was going to take more time from some of my solo stuff,” PJ confesses. Yet, he managed to release an EP Following My First Mind, which contains a collaboration with Adam Levine and James Valentine. “Because those guys support me so much, it makes it easy to kind of juggle the two.”
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