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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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Love your music my Brother!!
jonharber66
Simply the best Jazz vocalist since 2000. His voice, and spirit are a force of nature. Sing on !
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!!!
luvurselffir s t
I love his music. I Fell In Love With Him By Accident. I'm glad!!!
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!!!
This dude is special
jazzlennie
BEAUTIFUL VOICE
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
I have all his albums!!! Talented and a great vessel. I have to go to his concert one day.
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.
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!!
God Bless the Child is on point!
Love the lion song
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.
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.
mayadlong
I heard him on NPR and cried at the beauty....Th a n k you Gregory for sharing your gift with the world...
He has gotten me through my heart break, and started me on my new beginning. Thank U-)
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
Wow!!!! He's an Instant great
@rubyadams56 -- saw GP on CBS morning show as well...I became an instant fan...his whole presence lifts me up
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.
He is awesome!! I never heard before like this voice..and jazz!
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....
He is a very special vocalist,he speaks to my soul!!!
Oh yes, my daughter introduced him to me. Bless her soul!
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?
I just found out about him. I love what I heard
I love the lion song..be good...i luv his voice. Also i like joe mcbride
i'm slacking, i have to get liquid spirits a.s.a.p. Can't wait for him to come back to the DMV in January
I discovered Mr. Porter by flipping through music video channels around 4a.m. Then the guy shows up on Leno a few days later. Love the work.
I accidentally came across his music on Amazon,..I know little about jazz,..but his voice is beautiful & enjoy listening to his music.A new favorite on my Pandora list.
He turned the 2013 Detroit Jazz Festival out!!! The man and his band are amazing!!!
An amazing live performer! This brotha is the truth...and his musicians are some of the best as well.
I first heard Mr. Porter @ St. Nich Pub in Harlem and feel in love with his voice right away. He has something vibrant and important to say and he says it BEAUTIFULLY
It dude is Great!!! I been a fan of his for awhile now.
THE MAN IS GREAT!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
Wonderful artist!!
Saw him on Tavis Smiley & had to check him out....lovin g him!
I really enjoy his music!!! Very refreshing.. .
bryanchevys1 0
This Cat is beyond words....... . . . . . . . . . . E x c e p t i o n a l .
I heard him featured on NPR and have enjoyed seeing him on You Tube.....lov e , love his voice and his lyrical content. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more of Mr. Porter.
josey19728
Love his soulful smooth beautiful voice. Nat King Cole would be very proud of his gift and sharing it with others.
A truly great musician indeed!
I've been hearing him on radio and then saw him at Detroit Jazz Fes, (which is best festival in the world by the way!!!!!!!!) and will be a fan forever:)
shanksto6
The first time I heard Gregory Porter was at the Detroit Jazz Festival. My friend from grad school really likes him, so we attended his session together. I will forever be a fan after that experience.
I first saw Mr.Porter at Detroits Jazz Festival. yesterday, His voice drew me out of my Apt. and down to Campus Martius and it was a wonderful experience to listen to his music. besides one of his songs told some of my life. (I love to hard.) Thank You Mr.Porter.
Saw brother Gregory at spac this past summer.great talent keep on doing what you doing
lpayne7361
This guys vocals are just smooth and awesome..... Y o u ' v e got a fan
The Truth
Saw GP at GA Tech last year. He was amazing! I have my ticket for his Sept. 2013 concert . Can hardly wait! Great voice and interpreter; engaging presence on stage
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