(Dillard University, New Orleans, LA) Dillard University is proud to announce its 2021-2022 artist in residence, multi-Grammy award winner PJ Morton. The New York Times says the New Orleans native “runs the influences of Allen Toussaint and Stevie Wonder through bevy ideas from R&B’s more recent decades,” and since the breakthrough of his 2017 LP Gumbo, he’s led a creative and critically-acclaimed streak of six self-released and self-produced albums, ten Grammy nominations and back-to-back wins, his first-ever BET, Soul Train and NAACP Image Award nominations, and more.
Dillard’s artist in residence program will be housed in its historic Samuel DuBois Cook Performing Arts Center. There, Morton will conduct master classes in: songwriting, music publishing, studio production and talent management. Students will also have the opportunity to gain professional work experience with the musician and his gifted team through internships in the following arenas: merchandising, studio production, management and videography. “Over the years, the School of Humanities and our Music Program continue strong steps to advance, now with the PJ Morton residency,” Cortheal Clark, chair for the School of Humanities said in a statement. “This residency brings the best and one of the most influential artists in the music industry to Dillard University. The conceptual and musical sophistication of PJ Morton’s work, as well as his commitment to social responsibility, will have a profound impact on our students.” Dillard students will also have the opportunity to compete against one another in a talent showcase during the Spring 2021 semester. The winner will have a single produced by Morton Records. Read more here.