HANDS UP: PJ Morton thrills the crowd at BET’s Music Matters Showcase giving it his all in a rooftop performance of his Grammy nominated single “Only One” PHOTO Courtesy of BET
The Grammy edition of the popular Music Matters Showcase hits a Century City rooftop
As usual, Grammy weekend brought some of the season’s most lively parties and events. True to form BET was a major player in Grammy week event throwing. Friday, January 24 the network presented its Music Matters Showcase: Grammy Edition.
Held on a scenic rooftop in Century City, at the headquarters of the Creative Arts Agency, the showcase featured live performances by four artists on the “cusp of stardom.”
First on stage was Adrian Marcel. A protégé of established singer/songwriter Raphael Saadiq, Marcel made the audience of music enthusiasts feel his presence with an impressive soul-stirring performance.
Next to bless the microphone was underground favorite Mali Music, one whose music doesn’t fit any set boxes. A Christian artist, it would be inaccurate to call his rooftop performance Friday night gospel, his sound more closely resembles contemporary R&B with an almost rock feel. Mali’s mix of inspirational storytelling with his distinctly beautiful sound resonated deeply with the crowd.
As the night went on, Mack Wilds performed tracks off his Grammy nominated album “New York: A Love Story.” Closing out the show was one of the industry’s best-kept secrets: PJ Morton. Morton who has established himself in the industry many times over playing keys and giving back vocals for Maroon 5 among others, is now on his own, his single “Only One” featuring Stevie Wonder was Grammy- nominated Sunday for “Best R&B Song”(the award eventually going to Justin Timberlake’s “Pusher Love Girl”).
The night’s emerging talent was buoyed by industry veterans Salaam Remi, Rico Love and Raphael Saadiq, as well as celebrities and industry tastemakers who were all on hand to show their support of BET Music Matters and the next wave of stars.
Launched in 2010, the BET Music Matters initiative highlights emerging new artists by showcasing their talents through live performances including monthly showcases and the Music Matters Tour. Music Matters has helped propel the careers of artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius, Miguel, J. Cole, K. Michelle, Melanie Fiona, Estelle, Elle Varner, Eric Roberson, Big K.R.I.T., Emeli Sande’, Luke James, Stalley, Mali Music, Astro Kid and more.
Gearing up for the Grammy’s, guests Friday got an evening of rich musical performances. For more on the BET Music Matters event, and to watch the Sentinel’s Red Carpet interviews with the stars in attendance that night, check out lasentinel.net
This article was contributed to by BET Media Information