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Gregory Abbott

Gregory Abbott's roots stem from Venezuela, his mother's homeland, and the island of Antigua, his father's homeland; making him a dual citizen of the small tropical island and the U.S., where he was born. His career as an award-winning singer, composer, producer, and musician began in New York City. While in New York City, his mother taught him to play piano and encouraged him to develop his vocal talents. At the age of eight, he sang in the famed St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir, with whom he recorded an album as well as performing on television. In his college years, he majored in psychology, minored in music and dramatic arts, in which he attained a master's degree. While pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies at Boston University, Berkeley, and Stanford, he helped pay his tuition by creating a band and playing locally. It was here he developed his own personal musical style.

Eventually, Abbott taught English at Berkeley, while maintaining his love and appreciation of music. He eventually decided to become a professional musician, build a studio, and apply his academic discipline to developing skills as a singer/songwriter, guitarist, composer, producer, keyboard player, and drummer. One of his first endeavors was an album for an independent label, which included Abbott performing a duet with Whitney Houston along with her mother, Cissy Houston, singing background vocals. He then produced a group on Atlantic Records by the name of EQ with famed chairman Ahmet Ertegun. Shortly after, he released the single and album Shake You Down, shaking up the music industry with countless honors and awards. The platinum single became the fastest song in the history of BMI to reach one million airplays, and won BMI's Pop Song of the Year award as the most performed song.

Abbott's music has crossed every barrier imaginable. He is noted for coining the term "groove ballad," to describe his signature style, and when referring to him, music writers and critics alike have affectionately used the term "Wall Street soul." He is a favorite with the ladies for his sophisticated demeanor and intelligent green eyes. The soulful strength and intensity is what Abbott projects in his music and what people love. "Shake You Down" went to number one on the Billboard pop, R&B, adult contemporary, and dance singles charts, and was the number three Pop Song of the Year in the magazine's year-end review.

The seemingly endless list of awards continues. Gregory Abbott won two Soul Train music awards for Best Male Singer and Best New Artist. He was the star of the New York Music Awards, receiving four honors: Best R&B Album, Best Debut Album, Best R&B Vocalist, and the Rising Star Award. He walked away with two awards at Dick Clark's Black Gold ceremonies, another honor from the R&B Awards in Las Vegas, a N.Y. Image award, and two awards from the annual CEBA Awards dinner (Communications Excellence Aimed at Black Audiences). His striking good looks made him a favorite of fashion photographers, and he appeared in numerous magazine layouts, including a six-page fashion spread in Playboy, and a feature on the ten sexiest male recording artists in Playgirl. In fact, one of the more frequent observations by Abbott fans is the sophistication and style he carries off so well. In Japan, he won first prize at the annual Tokyo Music Festival, and the Japanese were so impressed with his music that the title song of his second album, I'll Prove It to You, was featured on a Japanese movie soundtrack. In Belgium, he performed in a video with Princess Stephanie of Monaco, and in Portugal he delighted fans by doing interviews in their native language. He also recorded a duet with one of Brazil's most popular singers, Rosanna, and sang in both English and Portuguese; he also had the unique opportunity to travel to Russia for a songwriters summit, MSLTW (Music Speaks Louder Than Words). An album was released on Epic Records, using songs written there, by 20 top American and Russian songwriters. This was done to encourage communication and friendship between the two countries. Among the other songwriters present were Cyndi Lauper, Brenda Russell, Diane Warren, Barry Mann, Mike Stoller, and Michael Bolton. The song Abbott created while there was performed by Spanish pop star Emmanuel.

Abbott's non-stop schedule continued at home in America where he recorded vocals for the Bill Cosby Show. His own Caribbean-influenced album One World!, which he said he recorded as a tribute to his parents, was internationally released. Hissoundtrack and television work has included White Lion; Hearts Afire; Evening Shade starring Burt Reynolds; Tap starring Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr., and Living Single starring Queen Latifah; among many others. Abbott has always been highly noted for his songwriting abilities. "I started off as a songwriter, and I guess I'll always be that first" he says. He has written for many artists including EQ, Rosanna, Emmanuel, Mona Lisa, Ronnie Spector, Freda Payne, and songstress Jennifer Warnes for her hit single "Rock You Gently." Eyes, Whispers, Rhythm, Sex... appeared in 2000, offering a more groove-based sound than his previous efforts. ~ Larry Belanger, Rovi
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I been missing you since you lelf me I love you .,;(
A great song to put you in the right mood.
Classic s**t
I love dis song I was a kid when came out but I always loved it takes me down memory lane!!
Classic Classy Classic ;)....
Nice slow jam to unwind with your lady
love him great song writer love love this song
vilodalri
Drivin' around, blasting this song & singing your heart heart not only feels amazing good, but more importantly, it makes you look really, really cool! :D
Coooooome to me!
One of my Favorite Slow Jams of all time.....a great groove for an upbeat dance :)
Make u dance smooth & spending all night
OH MY GOD AN ALL TIME FAV
O God this is the Jam!! NICE BEAT real smooth
Use to listen to him every Saturday morning as we rode to brooklyn
kimilaa25
I remember this song when I was little this man was fineeee lol
Still sound good!
Good love
LOVE this song!! Heard it back in the 80s and its still darn good.
deb.obrien28
A lot of memories of the past......Go o d days!!
Let's get naked music
I love this song
Classic
you can shake me down anytime
I like this song
I can give u all the loving u need
I love this song damn it bring me back ♡♡♡
I can feel this song in my soul☺️☺️☺️
Hellll Yale I Sure Remember This At Age 27 Working 2 Job's One Of Them At A Bar So Many Many Great Memorie's Working Traveling Having A Good Time !!!!!!!!
Love this song
gigi040880
Gets Me Going Every time!!! Love this Song!!!
Any minnie mighty mo....one of favorite lines in a song lol
K
1of My mama's favorite songs. R.I.P mommy
I love this song so much. I was a child when I first heard it and since then as an adult now I enjoy listening to his songs.
Here in my mind I remember going all the way to paradise. I wish I could see you this morning you've been gone 1 year and 13 days, I still wake up at 2 or 3 in the morning missing you and our life together so much! I will see you across that dance floor in eternity one day. Until then I will keep you in my heart. If only love could bring you back.
Love this old school song here I was having fun when this cut came out working two job's traveling having good times Great Memorie's listening to Gregory song !!!!!!
This was my jam back then, still sound good now.
Great singer/songw r i t e r . . . .
Suddenly it's the 80s and the terrorists don't hate us.
THIS WAS MY SONG OMG I WAS SUCH A LITTLE GIRL YET I'd GO OFF ON THIS SONG
Say it. Again. Ease my mind
What can I do. ?
Wee don't have 2 take hour clothes of 2 have a good time'
classic! 80's babyyyyyy!
girl i wanna shake you down!!
i might be 14 but this my jam
Boy i been watching you, from so far across the floor now baby.... Yesssss
I really like this song for a long time it makes me think of good Times!!!!
Come to me... let me ease your mind. Shakedown yes indeed. Luvn it.
When we were young as teens clubs use to let you right in..np this grown folks music rigjt here.
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I want to see them live. I'd pay 1 mil.
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