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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. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi
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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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s1ladyk
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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Simplicity at it's best!
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Real music, clearly an artist with a soul for simple perfection. Bravo!!
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LOVE his voice and swag! Excited about his Wilmington, DE show!!!
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I love every song; can't wait to see you this weekend!
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ladyt131713
Love your spirit, Be Good is my favorite
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Looking forward to seeing him perform in New Bern, NC. Enjoy his style.
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Brown grass my story
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My son came to me he said mom have you ever listen to this guy name Gregory Porter .l fell in love with his voice I wish one day he will come to houston
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Love your music my Brother!!
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jonharber66
Simply the best Jazz vocalist since 2000. His voice, and spirit are a force of nature. Sing on !
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I absolutely love this guy, great voice. So soothing to me. I ran across him on the internet and can't get enough. Great find!!!
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luvurselffir s t
I love his music. I Fell In Love With Him By Accident. I'm glad!!!
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lbrown492
My friend sent me Liquid Spirit and I fell in love with his voice and his style. Can't wait to see him. He's in DC in June and October. I immediately bought all three of his CD's, something I never do. What a VOICE!!!
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This dude is special
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jazzlennie
BEAUTIFUL VOICE
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When I first heard Gregory Porter ,he was something new and at same time something ,I heard before and got into . Keep up the spirt Brother
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I have all his albums!!! Talented and a great vessel. I have to go to his concert one day.
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God is good! This man's voice is amazing and his lyrics are astounding! He is on the same level as Nat King Cole, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. I can only Praise God for such talent and the creation that is Gregory Porter.
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Was listening to random jazz cuts. Fell in love with his voice before he finished Water Under Bridges. Ordered all 3 of his CD's that day. I listen to him EVERYDAY. The stories he tells in his songs is real life and I can relate to that. God bless you Mr. Porter!!
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God Bless the Child is on point!
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Love the lion song
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Heard Hey Laura on Vevo this morning wondering if there was something for me underneath all the pop and rap: Found this gem of a song and now I'm hooked.
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I feel very fortunate to know him personally. He is one of my brother's good friends. As long as I can remember his voice has always been beautiful. He's so talented and I'm so happy for him and his family.
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mayadlong
I heard him on NPR and cried at the beauty....Th a n k you Gregory for sharing your gift with the world...
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He has gotten me through my heart break, and started me on my new beginning. Thank U-)
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My brother you real heavy . code library on down to Charleston South Carolina I have said my music with my whole family got everybody on this 1960 what 1960 who also man the live Metropolitan out of sight stay blessed my brother stay blessed
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Wow!!!! He's an Instant great
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@rubyadams56 -- saw GP on CBS morning show as well...I became an instant fan...his whole presence lifts me up
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rubyadams56
He is truly bringing me back to the era of Marvin Gaye. I love his voice. I saw him on the CBS Morning show and was hooked immediately. I have rarely felt compelled to go out and purchase a C.D. he has moved me to do just that.
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He is awesome!! I never heard before like this voice..and jazz!
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edwinahunter 9
I heard him on a local DC Jazz show today and was moved by his voice and delivery. Just had to hear more of him....
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He is a very special vocalist,he speaks to my soul!!!
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Oh yes, my daughter introduced him to me. Bless her soul!
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It is has been a long time since a male vocalist spoke to me. But hey, he's a NKC fan. What more could I ask for?
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I just found out about him. I love what I heard
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I love the lion song..be good...i luv his voice. Also i like joe mcbride
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