Soulful Sundays: Introducing Gregory Porter

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May 26, 2013 ‐ By Drenna Armstrong

 

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When a song can make you want to shed a tear, the artist has done his job.  Simply put, Gregory Porter is my new obsession.

A few months ago, I was sitting around watching videos when I saw a video for a song called “Be Good (Lion’s Song)” by Gregory Porter. He had a great voice but I kept thinking that a voice like that doesn’t seem like it would come from a man who likes like a football player (silly me, I know, but oh well). I never thought to look up his music until late last week.

I. Have. Been Sleeping.

Gregory Porter is a gem of an artist. He’s a jazz singer, and that’s pretty clear when listening to his latest album Be Good, but that’s not all he is.  Porter mixes jazz, R&B, soul and gospel into his sound that gives him such a rich tone that all you can find yourself doing is closing your eyes and zoning out.

Be Good is one of those albums that you can play from start to finish without stopping it.  Even if you’re not a jazz fan, you will likely find something to enjoy about the album if you open your mind a bit.

It is amazing that he’s been out since 2010 (when his first album, Water, debuted) and is just beginning to get a little more mainstream notice.  His song, “Real Good Hands” was nominated for best R&B traditional performance at the 55th Grammy Awards.

Here’s the bottom line, because I could go on and on: You really need to check out his music. If you love him like I do, you’ll see if he’s coming to your city soon. Here’s the thing: Porter is booked straight through February 2014.  That’s what happens when you do something organic and real and people appreciate it.  But don’t let that stop you from looking to see if you can get some tickets anyway!

Check out “Real Good Hands” and you’ll hear why I got my tickets as soon as I saw he was coming to my city!

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  • Summer

    i got to see him when he came to memphis last year..he is really great!!

  • EspressoBean

    I love Gregory Porter! His music always puts me in a happy space

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  • Brilliant!

    I have had the pleasure and luxury to discover Mr. Porter when he performed regularly at St Nick’s Pub (now closed) and Smoke Jazz and Supper Club and NYC back in 2009. he was a star then and I knew he would be world famous one day. It made me smile to see this introduction on one of my favorite sites, Madame Noir!

    Cheers!

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