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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'

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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: Water

1. Illusion

2. Pretty

3. Magic Cup

4. Skylark

5. Black Nile

6. Wisdom

7. 1960 What?

8. But Beautiful

9. Lonely One

10. Water

11. Feeling Good

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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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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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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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