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New Orleans native and GRAMMY® winner P.J. Morton to speak to Loyola's Music Industry Studies students

April 4, 2008

New Orleans native and GRAMMY® award-winning artist P.J. Morton will return to New Orleans to give advice to artists who aspire to work within the music industry on April 7, at 5 p.m., in Loyola University's Nunemaker Auditorium.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., local artists will also have the chance to interact one-on-one with Morton to help better their performing and writing skills.

Morton, an accomplished songwriter, began his musical legacy at age 8 by singing at church and playing the piano. By age 14, Morton began producing and writing songs. His writing skills won him a GRAMMY® award and most recently a Stellar Award for Song of the Year. Having written songs for platinum artists Jagged Edge, Monica, Heather Headley and LL Cool J, Morton has released two albums independently that combined the soul of Stevie Wonder and the pop sensibilities of James Taylor- "Emotions" and "Perfect Song." His latest release, which included three other band members to form The P.J. Morton Band, was an effort that united rock, pop and R&B to form an avant-garde musical journey. Releasing a new effort in the summer of 2008, Morton will wow audiences by showcasing his early Stevie Wonder influences (i.e., Innervisions, Music of My Mind).

This event will be an free educational experience for aspiring musicians and the public. Musicians will have the chance to discuss business strategies for succeeding in the music industry and a chance to have one-on-one musical tutoring from a seasoned professional songwriter and musician.

For additional information, contact Larry Lowe in the Department of Music Industry Studies at (337) 967-3506 or e-mail lowe738@gmail.com.

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