Singer/songwriter PJ Morton has been selected as the 2021-2022 Artist in Residence at Dillard University in New Orleans.
After a successful streak of Grammy-winning singles and Grammy-nominated albums in the R&B, pop and gospel categories, Morton will offer master classes in songwriting, music publishing, studio production and talent management, according to the university.
The program will be housed in Dillard’s historic Samuel DuBois Cook Performing Arts Center, where students will also be able to work with Morton’s team via merchandising and videography internships, as well as in other areas. There will also be a talent showcase during the spring semester, after which the winner will have a single produced by Morton and his label, Morton Records.
Dillard University is a historically Black institution “that cultivates leaders who live ethically, think and communicate precisely, and act courageously to make the world a better place,” according to the university’s mission statement.
As a New Orleans native and proud graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, Morton said he’s excited to expand his musical genius at another historically Black college/university.
“As both an HBCU graduate and a New Orleanian, it’s very important for me to pass on any and everything I can to educate and inspire,” said Morton in a statement. “I believe this is the beginning of something special.”
This news comes on the heels of Morton’s latest Grammy-nominated album, Gospel According to PJ.Last November, Morton’s first gospel project was nominated for Best Gospel Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards.
By Rachel George
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