On ‘Be Like Water,’ Stevie Wonder and Nas collaborate with PJ Morton of Maroon 5. Watch the Sun, the keyboardist for the pop-rock band, will be released on April 29.
PJ Morton of Maroon 5 has enlisted the help of Stevie Wonder and Nas for a new tune called “Be Like Water.” After Morton had completed writing and producing the song, he had the notion to add the couple to it.
In a statement, Morton said, “‘Be Like Water’ was definitely a slogan I had heard before.” “Of course, Bruce Lee made it famous, but it didn’t truly connect with me until we were all shut down and we all had to pivot in our lives.” I could only hear Nas’ voice after I finished writing it. It amazed my mind that he really got on it. It was beyond my wildest fantasies when Stevie Wonder agreed to be on it and I learned that Nas had always wanted to collaborate with Stevie!”
“Be Like Water” will be featured on Morton’s upcoming album, Watch the Sun, which will be released on April 29 via Morton Records. Alex Isley, Chronixx, El DeBarge, Jill Scott, JoJo, and Wale are among the artists who collaborated on the album. Morton previously worked with Stevie Wonder on his 2013 single “Only One,” but this is the first time the two have cooperated on a complete album.
In promotion of Watch the Sun, Morton will embark on a North American tour this summer. Following a performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April, he and his band will make 35 stops across the country, including the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, the Apollo Theater in New York City, the Theater at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, and the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre in Detroit. Today is the first day of ticket sales.
Last year, the artist, who joined Maroon 5 as a pianist in 2010, told Rolling Stone about his initial meeting with the pop-rock band. He said, “I was performing a tour and I had like three dates left on it.” “Hey man, would you like to be a part of Maroon 5?” my friend Adam Blackstone asked.
“They asked me to study ‘Sunday Morning,'” he continued. I’m very sure the men had never auditioned someone before. Since they were in seventh grade, they’ve been a band. We just chilled out, played ‘Sunday Morning,’ and then they were like, ‘What else do you know?’ I had never had an audition before. And I’ve only now begun vibrating. They forgot that there were other persons who would be auditioning after me. The second day of tryouts was canceled, and the rest is history. “It’s been eleven years now.”