PJ Morton Live Video At NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Home Concert

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

Bobby Carter | December 2, 2020

If we invite artists to return to the Tiny Desk, we ask that they do something completely different from their first show. For PJ Morton, the obvious shift would’ve been to come solo. After all, he defied the laws of space back in 2018 and managed to squeeze 14 bodies behind the Desk. This time around he’s just as generous with the spotlight, but puts a new focus on gospel.

Gathered in a big airy space in his hometown of New Orleans, PJ and his band performed three selections from the now Grammy-nominated The Gospel According To PJ, his very first gospel album. He grew up playing gospel music, but chose secular music as his professional path. The album brings him back full circle, a journey mapped out in conversations on the album with his father, Bishop Paul S. Morton.
PJ only sings lead on one song but is clearly the maestro for this Tiny Desk (home) concert. They open with the reggae-infused “So In Love,” featuring Darrel Walls and Zacardi Cortez and close with “Repay You,” featuring J Moss. I think we could all use a little praise music as we round out 2020 and who better to offer it than the preacher’s son, Paul Morton, Jr.?

“So In Love” (featuring Darrel ‘MusiqCity’ Walls & Zacardi Cortez)
“All In His Plan”
“Repay You” (featuring J Moss)

PJ Morton: vocals, piano
Darrel ‘MusiqCity’ Walls: vocals
Zacardi Cortez: vocals
J Moss: vocals
Ed Clark: drums
Brian Cockerham: bass
Shemaiah Turner: guitar
Tiondria Norris: vocals
Jarell Bankston: vocals
Ashton Fortner Francis: vocals
John Perkins: trumpet
Tajh Derosier : saxophone
Brad Walker : saxophone
Stephen Lands: trumpet

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