PJ Morton 1st artist in residence at Dillard University

Grammy-winning musician PJ Morton is the first artist in residence at a historically Black private college in New Orleans

PJ Morton 1st artist in residence at Dillard University

NEW ORLEANS -- Grammy-winning musician PJ Morton is the first artist in residence at Dillard University, a historically Black private college in New Orleans.

Morton will teach master classes in songwriting, music publishing, studio production and talent management throughout the academic year which began in January, the school said in a news release Monday.

"I'm so excited to be partnering with Dillard University. As both an HBCU graduate and also a New Orleanian, it is important for me to pass on any and everything I can to educate and inspire," Morton said in the statement.

The app is a brand new one, school spokeswoman Lauren Fox said in an email.

Morton's staff will offer internships in merchandising, studio production, management and videography, and a spring competition will choose 1 student to have one produced by Morton Records, the school's announcement said.

Morton has just won two Grammy Awards and been nominated for 14 because 2012, according to the awards website. He won best traditional R&B functionality in 2018 with"How Deep Is Your Love" and best R&B tune in 2019 with"Say So."

"This residency brings the very best and among the most influential artists in the music industry to Dillard University," said Cortheal Clark, chair for the School of Humanities. "The conceptual and musical sophistication of PJ Morton's work, in addition to his devotion to social responsibility, will have a deep impact on our students."

Morton is both a solo performer and the keyboard player for the team Maroon 5. In the past he has served as music director for Solange and has collaborated with, among many others, Erykah Badu, JoJo, Kirk Franklin, Lil Wayne, Rapsody, Stevie Wonder, Tyler Perry and Yebba.

His most recent project,"Gospel According to PJ," is a Grammy nominee for this season's greatest gospel album.

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