PJ Morton has had quite the 2018, garnering multiple GRAMMY noms for his recent studio album Gumbo and delivering a live version of the set that had music lovers rejoicing — not to mention that he also rocked a soul’d out nationwide tour as well. Somehow in the midst of the many musical hats he wears, PJ also found time to stop by NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series to give the gathered audience an epic show.
To make sure his vision was executed properly, he squeezed Matt Jones‘ 10-piece string section behind the titular tiny desk along with himself and his band. It not only resulted in one of the most crowded Tiny Desks many have ever witnessed but also one of the best sounding of the many they’ve had. They all followed PJ’s lead as he coaxed out the melodies on his Fender Rhodes for the opening song, “Claustrophobic.” They were soon joined by the lovely voices of The Amours for a rendition of “Go Thru Your Phone,” adding even more rich harmonies into the mix. He closed out with the romantic ballad “First Began,” the sentimental ballad swelling with romantic emotion thanks to the swirling strings and PJ’s masterful playing and vocals. If you haven’t seen PJ live and wondered what all the fuss is about, this Tiny Desk performance will undoubtedly put an end to that.
Get a taste of what he’s been cooking up for well over a year when you check out PJ Morton’s visit to the Tiny Desk below.