Stick to your bone’s soul music was the vibe at the world-renowned Kennedy Center on November 7th when Grammy-Winning singer/songwriter PJ Morton graced the venue with his talents. Morton, who made his solo debut during a sold-out performance at The Kennedy Center in 2019, was welcomed back with open arms.
My first-time seeing Morton live was this past summer during Maroon 5's 2021 tour. As you know, Morton plays keyboards and provides backing vocals in the group. However, since it was a Maroon 5 show, Morton did not have a chance to cut loose and show off his talent.
Morton touched on selections from his albums Paul, New Orleans, Paul, and Gospel According to PJ throughout a tight ninety-minute set. Highlights included "Sticking To My Guns," "Go Thru Your Phone," "Say So," and "Only One." Morton also found time to perform his cover version of The Gap Band's classic "Yearning For Your Love," and The Bee Gees "How Deep Is Your Love."
Morton even performed his recently released single "Please Don't Walk Away," a soulful ballad that the audience seemed to enjoy. For me, what I loved most about the night was Morton's display of his faith, while avoiding preaching to the audience. It was clear that Morton has a strong relationship with GOD in the positive vibes of his music, and the audience was right there with him, no matter what you may believe in.
If I had one complaint about the show, is that Morton omitted his soulful takes on the theme songs from The Golden Girls and Cheers from the setlist. However, introducing my wife to Morton's music and her smile more than made up for the omission.
Confucius once said, "Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without." After his second performance at The Kennedy Center, PJ Morton continues to solidify himself as a composite live performer. I highly recommend checking him out the next time he is in the DMV.
Final Grade A-