Grammy winning singer/keyboardist and producer PJ Morton has been touring with Maroon 5 for the last two years. Yet, that hasn’t stopped Morton’s solo career. With his recent signing to Young Money Records, Morton has released a free EP, Following My First Mind. It’s a preview of what’s to come in the next phase of PJ Morton’s career. Calling his sound “soulful pop”, Morton shows off his range on this EP.
FMFM (Interlude) – Standing for “follow my first mind”, this serves as a title track to the EP. PJ Morton states his purpose in song and life. No more second guessing. He’s going to follow his instincts.
Never Get Over You – A catchy dance tune, this upbeat song is dark in lyrics. Morton infuses classic R&B roots with a modern sound.
Heavy featuring Adam Levine and guitarist James Valentine – This sounds like the song Maroon 5 never made. Heavy is pure funk. Yet, it’s as irresistible as any pop song. Adam Levine shows off his Stevie Wonder vocal influences like never before. James Valentine lays down a soulful guitar solo. The lyrics speak to everyone. If you’re wondering how PJ Morton and Maroon 5 got together, listen to this song. They’re soulmates.
PJ Morton performs Heavy in LA at The Troubadour joined by Adam Levine and James Valentine.
Don’t Break My Heart – Taking it a little slower, Morton mixes synthesizers sounds, hip-hop rhythms and sprinkles on a little piano as he pleads for his heart.
Built For Love featuring Jazmine Sullivan – This breezy love song is a duet with R&B songstress Jazmine Sullivan.
Lover featuring Lil Wayne – With a rhyme by label mate Lil Wayne, PJ Morton matches his “soulful pop” with hip-hop beats.
Saying Hello featuring Chantae Cann – Keeping it simple and classic, Morton ends with a hello and the angelic sounding Chantae Cann.
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