Paul S. Morton
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By Keith Crosby:
I recently had the privilege to interview Stellar Award winning
gospel music powerhouse, pastor, bishop and founder of the Full
Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, and CEO of Tehillah Music Group,
Bishop Paul S. Morton. I caught up with him a few weeks before
the Stellar Awards and asked him about his 6 nominations, blockbuster
CD, “Let It Rain,” his hot new release, “Seasons
Change,” working with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin,
Bishop Morton has since won 3 Stellar Awards at the
20th Annual Stellar Awards in January, 2005, and been announced
as a 2005 inductee into the International Gospel Music Hall of
Fame and Museum (to be held in Detroit in October, 2005). Chatting
with Bishop Morton was truly a delight. He was very open, sincere,
and humble in light of all the success he’s had in gospel
music, ministry, and business. Check out what this awesome man
of God had to say.
of all, were you really born in Windsor, Ontario?
BPM: Yes, my father pastored there
and also in Detroit. Detroit is where we really became committed
in our singing ministry because it seemed like everybody in Detroit
could sing. So people were saying, ‘can any good come out
DG.com: What can
we expect from your new CD, “Seasons Change?”
BPM: I love the title cut and of
course appreciate the Queen of Soul. She is a great gift. There
is really a message in the theme song because I think people get
stuck in their season and even this time of the year they get depressed
and get down. People need to know that seasons change, it’s
not going to always remain the same, and if they can understand
that then victory is going to be in their lives. So that’s
why we try to have a message in every song we do. Then I wanted
to bring even variety, a good quartet song with Keith “Wonderboy” and
Paul Porter, just going in a different way. I guess in the back
of my mind I always wanted to do a quartet song. So it was definitely
exciting for us. Then there’s contemporary, traditional -
there’s something really on the CD for everybody.
DG.com: How difficult
is it to package a CD with traditional and contemporary together?
BPM: I guess I’ve been so
long into ministry and ministry is meeting needs. I don’t
want to leave anybody left out. There is so much that you give
as it relates to a message in a song. Sometimes people won’t
listen to preaching but they will listen to a song. Why miss the
young people, why miss the seniors, why miss the quartet crowd?
You gotta try to reach everybody and I think you can when you’re
sensitive to people. You know in the gospel world now, ‘hey,
this is just my audience and this is who I’m gonna reach.’ I
try to do as Jabez said, expand my territory.
DG.com: What was
it like working with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin?
BPM: A blessing. I spent some time
with her now even as her spiritual advisor, consulting her spiritually
in some things. We really hooked up about 2 years ago when she
was doing her VH1 diva special. She had heard one of my CDs and
she said she wanted me to do “Precious Memories” with
her and every since it has been precious memories. You know we
had a relationship of course with her father when she was on the
road and we played for Rev. C.L. Franklin. My brother Bishop James
Morton was best friends with her brother Cecil. So it’s been
a relationship for a long time, and she and James were close years
talk about “Let It Rain” which was such a huge success.
BPM: We are grateful. “Let
It Rain” is still being played. People are still buying it
even though the new project is out. We are excited about that and
we are honored to be a part of the Stellar Awards and be nominated
for 6 Stellar Awards. That was exciting for us, but then again
I wanted people to see, because there are a lot of people facing
dry seasons, and when we talk about “Let It Rain” we
talk about letting the blessings of the Lord come down. Just getting
rid of dry things in your life, dry poverty, sickness, whatever
it is, and so I think people were able to relate to the song. I
think that is what was so special.
DG.com: Over the
years, who have been some of your biggest musical influences?
BPM: From the beginning, of course,
would be the one who produced my first CD, Thomas Whitfield. He
was just a genius. I just believe he was a man ahead of his time.
He was just on top of it so with the first CD, “Nothing But
The Blood.” I just saw so much in him that blessed me. So
he was a great influence on my life. Then staying Detroit, I’m
just in love with the Winans. They are so unique in their gifts.
Pastor Marvin Winans is awesome. Then of course me and BeBe are
close, and CeCe has a special anointing on her that takes you right
into the presence of God. She has had a lot of influence on my
life. And I like people like Fred Hammond, because I believe he
is the David or psalmist of the 21st century. I mean I just believe
he is the new David that makes sure you get into the presence of
DG.com: How difficult
is it to do a new project after “Let It Rain” was so
BPM: The main thing that I focus
on is giving God the glory in everything that I do. So whenever
I come out with something new, ‘how high will it go on the
charts?’ ‘will it be better than the last?’ Uh-uh,
when you decide I just want God to get glory in whatever I do.
That’s what I focus on and God turns around and blesses it.
You got to learn it is in his hands.
DG.com: What about
the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Conference
moving back to New Orleans for 2005? Tell me about that.
BPM: It is definitely going to
be exciting. We went away for 4 years. You know New Orleans is
the home base and we wanted to go 4 years to let others see what
we were doing. It was such a blessing. We went north, south, east,
and west, and we’re coming back to New Orleans July 12-15th.
We are looking forward to it with great anticipation. We just invite
all of those who share with you and love you. Tell ‘em to
come on down. Come on to the South.
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Paul S. Morton
Change " CD TRACKS:
1. He Is Mighty
2. That's Reason Enough
3. Seasons Change (duet with Aretha Franklin)
4. So Easy
5. Storm Chaser
7. Can You Come Today? (Intro)
8. Can You Come Today?
9. Can You Come Today? (Reprise)
10. A Mighty Good Friend
11. Let The Healing Begin
12. You Can Make It
13. The Throne (Bow Down) *
14. If You Could See Me Now
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Jerry Q. Parries
PRODUCED BY: Sanchez Harley
* PRODUCED BY: Sanchez Harley & Leon Lewis
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Ay'Ron Lewis
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR: Jacqui Whittmon
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