The deluxe edition of Watch The Sun, by PJ Morton is released today. It expands his biggest and best, most honest and inward-looking album into a sweeping collection of 24 self-produced tracks, where his “smooth, soulful funk amalgamates with every style from reggae to Afrobeats” (ESSENCE). In addition to the 2022 LP’s original set of 11 songs that feature Alex Isley, El DeBarge, Jill Scott, JoJo, Nas, Stevie Wonder, Wale and more, Watch The Sun’s deluxe edition includes instrumentals of the full record, tracked live by PJ Morton and his unbeatable rhythm section, dozens of strings players, horns and a marching band at the remote hideaway of Bogalusa, Louisiana’s Studio in The Country, as well as Morton’s Gumbo Studios at home in New Orleans. The extended track list also brings the brand new, heartrending ballad “If It Wasn’t For You,” plus the previously unreleased, star-studded Part 2 of “The Better Benediction,” which delivers a show-stopping set of vocal performances from Lisa Knowles-Smith, Le’Andria Johnson, Keke Wyatt, Kierra Sheard and Tasha Cobbs Leonard.
Listen to Watch The Sun (Deluxe), out now on Morton Records, and see the music video for “The Better Benediction Pt. 2” (feat. Lisa Knowles-Smith, Le’Andria Johnson, Keke Wyatt, Kierra Sheard & Tasha Cobbs Leonard), dropping on PJ Morton’s YouTube at 12pm EDT this Sunday, October 16th:
From earning his fourth consecutive year of GRAMMY wins as a self-produced, self-released artist, to laying it all on the line with the unapologetic and uncharacteristically personal Watch The Sun, PJ Morton is currently “in the midst of his greatest musical life yet” (VIBE). With additional legs of US, UK and EU tour dates coming up this fall, the album has brought him and his ten-piece band to more than forty shows across historic stages such as a sold-out Apollo Theater, The Ryman Auditorium, Newport Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival and beyond in 2022. PJ Morton was joined by Stevie Wonderat a recent stop in San Diego, and has also appeared on Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Kelly Clarkson Show, The Real, Tamron Hall Show, Joe Budden Podcast, NPR’s All Things Considered and more in support of the album.
Learn about the making of Watch The Sun, the true challenges that PJ Morton faced in life and love, and what finally forced him to slow down and took a step back in an in-depth profile from CBS Mornings, and find his list of upcoming tour dates at pjmortonmusic.com/#shows.
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