Listen To Maroon 5 Keyboardist PJ Morton's Neo-Soul Heavy #TBT Mixtape
Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard's series that showcases artists' very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. The curated set features the artists' favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.
This week's spin comes from PJ Morton. The Maroon 5 keyboardist and acclaimed soul musician is in the midst of a milestone 2019, set to touch down in Atlanta for the Super Bowl Halftime show this Sunday (Feb. 3), followed by an appearance at the 61st annual Grammy Awards, where he is nominated for a trio of solo honors for 2017's Gumbo Unplugged (Live) LP, including best R&B album, best R&B performance ("First Began"), and best traditional R&B performance ("How Deep Is Your Love" feat. Yebba). The longtime NOLA mainstay's Grammy hat trick builds on last year's nods for best R&B album and best R&B song ("First Began") -- both for 2017's Gumbo LP, a pre-cursor to the 2018 live spin, with the singular collection totaling five back-to-back honors.
To fete his latest career coups, Morton took a dive into the deep cuts of his youth on this week's #TBT Mixtape -- an education into the makings of a soul icon.
"My playlist is probably one of the more random ones," Morton tells Billboard. "I've been influenced by so many things... I was exposed to all types of music. First, growing up in New Orleans to being a son of a preacher, to being an '80s baby who fell in love with the '60s and '70s... to my first major placement as a songwriter being on an India.Arie album, my first tour as a musician playing for Erykah Badu, which made me fall in love with that neo soul movement, to having a 20 year delay in Beatlemania. I love it all!"
Give the expertly curated playlist a spin and also check out some retro snaps of Morton below.