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Paul is PJ Morton's sixth and third self-released studio album which as released on August 9, 2019 by Morton Records & Empire Records.

The album received positive reviews from most music critics and earned Morton three Grammy nominations for "Best R&B Album" "Best R&B Song" (for "Say So") and "Best Traditional R&B Performance" (for "Built for Love") at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.

Album BackgroundEdit

The album was first announced on July 23, 2019. It was described by Morton to be "the most honest expression of myself and my art that I've ever made." He said: "Everybody calls me PJ, but I came into this world as Paul. That struck me as the perfect title for this album because Paul is the purest form of who I am."

According to Morton, "Gumbo" was originally set to be his last album, but his move back to his hometown re-inspired him. He said: "I was struggling to figure out who I wanted to be and where I could fit in as a solo artist, and it honestly left me feeling pretty defeated. Coming back to New Orleans inspired a lot of new growth and perspective, though, and it helped me realize that the best thing I could be was myself."

TracklistingEdit

  1. Ready
  2. Practicing (featuring Tobe Nwigwe)
  3. Kid Again
  4. Yearning For Your Love
  5. Buy Back the Block
  6. Built for Love (featuring Jazmine Sullivan)
  7. Don't Let Go
  8. Don't Go Breaking My Heart (featuring Rapsody)
  9. Say So (featuring JoJo)
  10. Maga? (featuring Angela Rye)

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Paul" peaked at #4 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart, #9 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Album Sales chart, #11 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart, #24 on Billboard's Digital Albums chart, #48 on Billboard's Top Current Albums chart & #66 on Billboard's Top Album Sales chart.

Critical ReceptionEdit

Soul Tracks.com highly recommended the album and Keithan Samuels of Rated R&B called it "a solid album that is packed with positive affirmations to comfort anyone who is going through a tough time."

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