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Gregory Porter

Jazz, soul, and gospel singer, songwriter, and actor Gregory Porter was born in Los Angeles, California but grew up in Bakersfield, California, where his mother was a minister. As a child, he fell under the spell of his mother's Nat King Cole records, learning to imitate and sing like Cole, but his early aspirations were in sports. He was awarded a football scholarship to attend San Diego State University, but after an injury to his shoulder derailed his sports career, he began performing in local jazz clubs, which is where he met saxophonist, composer, and pianist Kamau Kenyatta. Kenyatta became Porter's mentor, introducing him to flutist Hubert Laws, who featured Porter's vocals on a track on his 1998 album Hubert Laws' Remembers the Unforgettable Nat King Cole. Laws' sister, Eloise Laws, heard Porter during the studio sessions and was impressed with his singing; he helped him get cast as one of the leads in a new musical It Ain't Nothing But the Blues, which eventually enjoyed a run on Broadway. The gates were open for Porter. His debut album, Water, appeared in 2010, and was followed by a second, Be Good, released two years later in 2012. In September of 2013, Porter (accompanied by Airto) appeared on a track from Kentiyah Presents Evolutionary Minded: Furthering the Legacy of Gil Scott-Heron, with M-1, Brian Jackson, Chuck D., Killah Priest, Martin Luther, and others; a week later, he issued his third album, Liquid Spirit, produced by Brian Bacchus. The album was a huge success, scooping the 2014 Grammy award for best jazz vocal album and becoming the most streamed jazz album of all-time, with over 20 million streams. His second effort for the Blue Note label, Take Me to the Alley, was released in early 2016, and featured Porter's own version of "Holding On," a track he co-wrote and previously recorded with electronic act Disclosure. ~ Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Liquid Spirit

1. No Love Dying

2. Liquid Spirit

3. Lonesome Lover

4. Water Under Bridges

5. Hey Laura

6. Musical Genocide

7. Wolfcry

8. Free

9. Brown Grass

10. Wind Song

11. The In Crowd

12. Movin'

14. I Fall In Love Too Easily

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Track List: Be Good

1. Painted On Canvas

2. Be Good (Lion's Song)

3. On My Way To Harlem

4. Real Good Hands

5. The Way You Want To Live

6. When Did You Learn

7. Imitation Of Life

8. Mother's Song

9. Our Love

10. Bling Bling

11. Work Song

12. God Bless The Child

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Track List: 1960 What? The Remixes

1. 1960 What? (Opolopo Kick & Bass Rerub)

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Track List: Don’t Lose Your Steam (Single)

2. Don’t Lose Your Steam

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Track List: Holding On (Feat. Kem) (Single)

13. Holding On (Feat. Kem)

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Track List: Holding On (Single)

1. Holding On

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Track List: Liquid Spirit (Claptone Remix) (Single)

1. Liquid Spirit (Claptone Remix)

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Track List: Take Me To The Alley

1. Holding On

2. Don’t Lose Your Steam

3. Take Me To The Alley

4. Day Dream

5. Consequence Of Love

6. In Fashion

7. More Than A Woman

8. In Heaven

9. Insanity

10. Don't Be A Fool

11. Fan The Flames

12. French African Queen

13. Holding On (Feat. Kem)

14. Insanity (Feat. Lalah Hathaway)

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Porter inspired me to write my own song based on "illusions ".He's brilliant, his voice divine.
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As I was getting dressed one Saturday morning, I heard this soothing, smooth voice coming out of the television that caused me to stop what I was doing at that moment. I love his voice as well as his style of singing. I cannot wait to see him live in concert! I am a new fan and will continue to be.
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eliserturner
LOVE LOVE LOVE this guy! His song with Laila Hathaway Insanity is my favorite so far!! Looking forward to seeing him in concert one day.
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yes he did rushra i was there in good ol highpoint nc
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Wowed the audience at The Coltrane Jazz Festival over the Labor Day weekend.
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toeknee67
Saw this brotha perform in Chicago back in May.....inti m a t e interview followed by a mini-concert . . . a l l i can say is this guy is the TRUTH!!!
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I just posted a comment, but I didn't see that some of you are new to Porter's smooth baritone voice.
If you haven't seen him perform make it a point to do so you will not be disappointed . He will leave you looking for his next visit to town.
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This is an amazing mesmerizing artist. My nine year old daughter and myself can't get enough of listening to his magical voice. I can't wait to take her to see him, she Loves Hey Laura. Good bless you Mr. Porter
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I'm obsessed with Gregory Porter---Tak e Me to the Alley
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florencemoss
The Gregory Porter station is replacing Brian McKnight and Steve Wonder as my go to study sessions station! <3
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I am just hearing of Gregory Porter, I must've been under a rock�� I am a fan of holding on
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I was blessed to photograph and meet Gregory Porter and talk with him at a Jazz festival he played in NC... beautiful spirit!
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Loracnotto, I agree! I said the same thing an hour before reading these comments, I had just heard Kurt for the 1st time(I think). May have been G.Porter ;-)
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A friend posted on FB one of Gregory Porter's songs "Alley" and I've been a fan every since. Of my favorite are "be good" and "1960 what"
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mooyoo.77
always special to hear Gregory sing!
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debrageer
his voice is awesome!!!
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Is it just me or does anyone else hear the striking similarities of voice, style/delive r y and repertoire between Porter and Kurt Elling?
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helloiamvond a 2
I can not believe I am just now learning about this Awesome Artists!!! I have not stopped listening since i stumbled on Insanity with Lalah Hathaway 2 weeks ago!!! He is a phenomenal!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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one of the best Jazz artists of today
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This man's sound is just so peaceful . Just so refreshing to hear. I'm only 32 years old. And his truly and completely change the way i here and feel music.
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This gay can sing believe me, impressed
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wandabrown07
I would love to hear a duo with Gregory Porter and Allen Stone. Two of my most favorite artists. Can this happen?
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wandabrown07
I just discovered Gregory by listening to Sirius radio and have fallen in love with his voice and his music. I have told all of my friends about him and I can't stop listening to Holding On and Hey Laura. Absolutely fantastic and totally gifted. Remember where the gift comes from and glorify HIM with it.
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onreag
This man is anointed! Stay there, brother. Your music is ReFreshing! Mesmerizing! ! !
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So glad Gregory Porter came along. His unique phrasing and mix of soulful oratory lyrical expressing is a breath of fresh air long over due. He has captured the energy of Lou Rawls and the sensually of Andy Bey yet folksy feel of Al Jarreau. Need I say, I love his music? I do!
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Received Gregory Porter as a gift and fell in love with his voice instantly... s m o o t h & soothing!!!
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Heard Gregory Porter on KKGO radio in LA while driving down the 91 freeway. His voice caught my attention immediately. Couldnt wait for the DJ to say his name and the title of the song he was singing. Love his voice. I feel so calm when i listen to him. Wonderful talent. God bless you, Mr Porter.
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dadisi28
First heard him at the Curacao music festival. POWERFUL!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE him.
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kalixmd
I discovered him while listening to a UK online radio station (Jazz FM).
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Heard the brother on WLAE in the BIG EASY NOLA
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LOVE THIS MANS MUSIC
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best music in a long time just love him
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SIMPLY AMAZING!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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At Bethsda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Gregory Porter sang Be Good as an enchore to a great show!!!
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I saw him last night at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, WOW what a show. Gregory Porter can certainly bring it with the best of them. Glad my wife introduced me to his music, I'm a fan for sure!
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I just love, love, love Gregory Porter! Be Good is one of my top 5 of all time.
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Such a great artist, I share this artist with my girlfriend and she love it. Just awesome! Great voice.
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lanese77
Just one song and now I am hooked on his voice and I hope he has a very very long career and we get to enjoy him and many more albums
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I don't attend many concerts, but if you come to Oakland, I'm there! Gregory Porter, you're the bomb!
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I fell in love with his music two years ago. I finally saw him in concert on Thursday Santa Barbara.
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The man is genius. Every time he's in NY i check him out. That voice! !
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bsackreiter8
Enchantingly soulful...lo v e , love, love!!
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e.austra
My son's song...The Lion...my heart melts when I hear this...what a talent.
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I love this voice
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You got my attention, sir, for many years to come! Beautiful voice!
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Listen listen listen listen listen listen listen listen listen listen I Love Love Love this song. I listen to him everyday, alllllll day...Be Good!
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Love this guy. Would love to see him in concert....
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I'm in love with his style. I'm hooked come visit Albany NY!!!
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b.ingatpeace w _ m e
Fabulously Awesome!!! I am so pleasingly hooked.
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I love his vibe. Purity at its best!!! Sing on my brother!!!
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