Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Video: Good Smoke - the Gregory Porter Interview

Vocalist and songwriter Gregory Porter is having a stellar 2012. Just right off the heels of his 2010 Grammy-Nominated debut recording “Water” on the Motema Records label, he’s back with his second release “Be Good.” Porter teamed up with legendary record producer Brian Bacchus for his new record in which the vocalist wrote 9 of the 12 songs on the disc. He continues to bring the rich tradition of male jazz vocalists of the past like Lou Rawls and Ernie Andrews by singing jazz standards like Nat Adderley’s “Work Song” and Billie Holliday’s “God Bless The Child” which he performs in his live set.

Over the last 18 months Gregory has risen to the top internationally performing on BBC’s Carol King and Friends at Christmas and Jools Holland’s show. He guest appear’s on producer/writer Mecco’s new disc “Beauty of the Night” and on Nicola Conte’s new album. Gregory performs every Sunday at Smoke Jazz and Supper Club in Harlem, New York when he’s not on tour. He’s even a guest performer with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

Gregory is the best thing that’s happened to jazz and soul music since the mid-1990’s when the neo-soul music movement produced young music geniuses like Erykah Badu, Maxwell, and D’Angelo. Porter in the only person right now in music that takes music listeners to church, the fish fry, and gut bucket soul of great soul singers during the 1970’s. His songwriting really is personal and sincere like his 70’s soul heros like Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers. Gregory is the new music jazz vocal Messiah whose time is long overdue.

Gregory is about to go on tour in support of his latest Motema Records release “Be Good.” For upcoming tour dates or to order his latest disc, please visit him on the web at gregoryporter.com or motema.com.


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