Thu · July 30, 2015
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
$20.00 - $25.00 + Fees
This event is all ages
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The multi-talented musician is back with a new live album, Live Show Killer, which was recorded at the historic Henson Studios in Los Angeles. The event, attended by fans and media alike, produced both a live album and DVD to be released in July of this summer. The highly anticipated album is comprised of fan favorites and hand-picked selections from his celebrated solo releases. “It was important for me to include songs that I knew the audience would sing along with because that's a big part of what my live show experience is and what I wanted to capture,” says Morton.
A love and respect of music’s rich history attracted PJ Morton to Henson Studios. “I love history. I think it's all connected. We were in the room where 'We are the World' was recorded. All of my favorite artists and influences in one room. It definitely played a part in the experience we had recording there.”
Boasting a legendary roster of alumni including: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, The Doors, The Ramones, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Neil Young and more, the event was undoubtedly an experience that all in attendance won’t soon forget. “This is a live/in studio album,” explained Morton. “I wanted to do something unique. So while we had the live show aspect, we also had the studio aspect where we were able to manipulate sounds etc. It doesn’t sound like just any live album you've heard before. Henson, with the big live room, was just the perfect size to have an intimate audience in there.”
Live Show Killer’s predecessor, New Orleans (2013), was his major label debut, released via Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records. It hit #1 on the iTunes R&B Albums Chart and the Top 5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Just one listen to Morton’s music quickly reveals why he is a favorite on the indie R&B circuit and an in-demand songwriter/producer.
“Only One,” New Orleans’ lead single, features Stevie Wonder and earned him a Grammy nomination. Armed with an infectious hook and a head-boppin’ groove, the up-tempo number showcases Morton’s velvety tenor, songwriting skills and musicianship, accented by Wonder’s distinctive harmonica. “Stevie joining me on the track is the ultimate start. It’s my dream come true,” says Morton of teaming with Wonder. “I want to continue the legacy he represents: musicianship and positivity.”
New Orleans itself stemmed from Morton’s acclaimed 2012 EP, Following My First Mind, featuring guest cameos from Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Lil Wayne and Jazmine Sullivan. Influenced by acts ranging from the Beatles and James Taylor to Wonder and Donny Hathaway, the New Orleans native is the son of gospel singer Paul S. Morton. His formal foray into the industry was as a member of the band Freestyle Nation, which debuted in the early 2000s. But it was as a songwriter/producer that Morton left his first indelible impression. He won a Grammy Award for his songwriting/production of India.Arie’s “Interested” from her 2002 album Voyage to India.
That opened the door to more collaborations (Jermaine Dupri, LL Cool J, Monica, Musiq Soulchild, Trinitee 5:7) and additional accolades (Dove and Stellar Awards) for his work with gospel singer DeWayne Woods. Woods’ “Let Go, Let God” spent a record 70 weeks on the gospel chart. Along the way, Morton released several acclaimed indie solo albums. He also attracted the attention of Academy Award-winning producer AR Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire”), who asked Morton to contribute a song (“Sajna”) to the soundtrack for the Vince Vaughn comedy “Couples Retreat.”
Morton’s next big break occurred when he was asked to audition by friend and Maroon 5 music director, Adam Blackstone, for a spot in the band as its keyboardist/vocalist. Soon after, childhood friend and Young Money Entertainment president Mack Maine championed Morton’s music and vision to Cash Money co-CEO’s Roland “Slim” Williams and Bryan “Birdman” Williams. With the approval from co-signer, Lil Wayne, PJ Morton released New Orleans via Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records.
As PJ Morton ventures into the next chapter of his career, he returns to his indie roots releasing Live Show Killer via the newly formed Morton Records. Fans can expect an album that captures the essence of his mesmerizing live performance, and will be delighted to hear his live take on the songs they have already grown to love.
As a writer, Camper has worked with a myriad of artists like Jill Scott, David Guetta, Diddy Dirty Money and Eric Roberson to name a few. His work has landed on GRAMMY-nominated projects and given him opportunities young artists dream of. But it’s his solo artistry that sets him apart from the rest. Camper teamed up with BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) to release his 2011 mixtape
“Welcome to My World,” which received attention from both fans and the industry alike. Since then, he has yielded singles like “Madness” and the PJ Morton penned “My Heart” that have gained major traction and buzz on the blogs.
As he puts the finishing touches on his upcoming, LP, Aaron has continued to travel and perform. A seasoned performer well beyond his years, something special happens when he takes the stage. From his original songs to his eclectic take on covers, it’s evident from his first note that you’re in for something real.
“Nothing contrived, just infectious, raw, energetic, good music,” Aaron explained in a recent interview.
The makings of a big star from a small town, Camper grew up in Salisbury, MD. The soulful singer is the son of a preacher and has been around music all his life. Evident in his ability to not only sing and write, but to also play guitar and drums. It was the influence of artists like The Winans, Phil Collins, Al Green, and many others that sent Camper on the path to become such a dynamic, well-rounded artist and performer.
A fly on the wall of historic studios like Larry Gold’s in Philadelphia to singing background with Tye Tribbett, one of gospel’s biggest stars, Camper worked his way up. He paid dues where he could and the culmination of his hard work is coming full circle.
The new music will take fans deeper into his world. Exploring, creating, and trusting his musical instincts, Camper is more ready than he’s ever been to shake up the musical landscape of the industry
In 2005, Dee-1's world was first rocked when his best friend was fatally shot in a car robbery following a flag football game. He experienced heartache after a five-year relationship abruptly ended with his high school sweetheart. He watched his hometown of New Orleans being ravished by the catastrophic storms of Hurricane Katrina. Then, his life flashed before his eyes when he was held up at gunpoint. In all, he saw the series of dramatic events as wake-up calls, ultimately convincing him to rededicate his life to God.
After being cut from the LSU basketball team as a walk-on, Dee-1 whose real name is David Augustine Jr. felt the need to find another hobby to fill the void of his hoop dreams. So he started to write about his tumultuous times, hoping to find therapy through writing rhymes about his collective experiences. But the hobby soon turned into something serious after Dee-1 took the stage at a talent show on LSU's campus at the popular "Showtime at the Cotillion" where he performed his New Orleans-themed song "Rep da Big Easy" and the socially conscious "Let Me be Your Voice." He didn't win the competition, but those two songs earned him a standing ovation from everyone in attendance, which helped a normally shy kid get over the nerve-wracking mental hurdle of performing in front of large crowds.
Once Dee-1 graduated from LSU in 2008, he decided to teach at a middle school in Baton Rouge as a fallback plan if rapping didn't work out. He knew his blue-collar parents, who taught him to take education seriously, would expect no less. As a teacher, he wanted to be viewed as role model for students, hoping to keep his rap identity as secret. But it didn't last long. While in class one day, a student of his asked whether he heard of Dee-1. He initially denied that he had, but reversed his decision and told the entire classroom the truth.
"I didn't really want to admit to it," said Dee-1, who spent two years as a teacher before pursuing his rap career full-time. "I didn't know how everyone was going to act toward me being a rapper. But I got a lot of positive responses from other teachers, asking if they could have an autograph. I felt like Joe Clark (the character from the 1989 film "Lean on Me"). Word spread fast once the kids in my classroom knew about me being a rapper... That's when everything took off for me."
Dee-1 is a true talent with a unique ability to deliver thought-provoking messages about overcoming life's obstacles. He's not afraid to rap about his past mistakes, supplying inspirational curse-free rhymes filled with Christian values that are backed by well-produced beats. He often preaches this motto: Be Real, Be Righteous, Be Relevant. It stems from his "Mission Vision," hoping to relay the message of "keeping God in your life, using your special talents and creating a better existence for yourself and loved ones."
His motto certainly came into effect after he released his outspoken music video, "Jay, 50, & Weezy" in 2010. The breakout single called out three of hip-hop's biggest names: Jay Z, 50 Cent and Lil Wayne, questioning their subject matter in songs. The video received positive reviews after being aired on MTV Jams and received close to a million views on YouTube. He went on to win Artist of the Year at the NOLA Underground Hip-Hop Awards during the same year, earning acceptance from politicians, college professors and teens.
Dee-1 continued to gain success and recognition from many in the music industry, touring with the likes of Macklemore, Lupe Fiasco and Lecrae. His online buzz sparked interest from various record labels including New Orleans based Cash Money Records, however Dee-1 opted to sign with RCA Inspiration in 2013.
Last year, he took part in the coveted BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher. His verse on the cypher took social media by storm and opened the doors to additional opportunities at the network. Dee-1 headlined a BET Music Matters Showcase and was selected to perform on BET's 106 & PARK's popular segment, The Backroom. Recently, he was tapped to host the red carpet for the 2015 BET Honors—where he interviewed honorees and celebrity guests like Usher, Dr. Johnetta Betsch Cole, Anthony Anderson, Ben Vereen and more.
"I'm the rapper that wants kids to walk away from my music motivated to finish high school. Or people to say that a Dee-1 song helped me when I was contemplating suicide. I just want to play a positive role."
"3's Up" will be released on February 17, 2015.
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104