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She said lion's are made for cages, just to look at in delight. You dare not let 'em walk around, 'cause they might just bite. ”

Lyrics from Be Good (Lion's Song)

Crowned as "....the next big male vocal jazz star” by, Gregory Porter was born in Los Angeles, raised in Bakersfield, and now lives in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. He got his start singing in small jazz clubs in San Diego, where he lived while at San Diego State University (which he attended on a football scholarship, as an outside linebacker, until a sidelined by a shoulder injury.) His first studio experience resulted in his being featured on Hubert Laws’ Remembers the Unforgettable Nat King Cole (on “Smile”), a particularly apt start for a young man who, as a child, not only used to sing along to the Nat King Cole records his mother would play, but who would go on to impress theater audiences with a deeply personal one man show, Nat King Cole and Me. That show, which ran for two months at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, was preceded by Porter’s work in It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues. Although he'd only had minimal prior theatrical experience (in the Doo Wop musical "Avenue X"), Porter eventually was cast in one of eight lead roles when the play opened in San Diego, and eventually followed it to Off-Broadway and then Broadway theater, where the New York Times, in its 1999 rave review, mentioned Porter among the show's "powerhouse line up of singers.” It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues went on to earn both Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations that year. In 2009, Porter signed with Harlem-based label Motéma Music, releasing his debut CD, Water, in May of 2010. Water has earned Porter incredible accolades from jazz and soul media alike. "Warmth coats every line of Gregory Porter's intimate jazz and soul debut. Hints of Nat King Cole bleed through Porter's articulate phrasing, but the weight of Joe Williams and the spiritualism of Bill Withers resonates, too....Porter's conviction and traditionalism....delivers another refreshing, contemporary male jazz voice worth savoring." raved Creative Loafing Atlanta. USA Today agreed, concluding an excellent review by stating, “The versatile Porter's Water leaves you awash in enticing grooves.” According to the New York Times, “Gregory Porter has most of what you want in a male jazz singer, and maybe a thing or two you didn’t know you wanted.” Echoing those sentiments was the BBC's Kevin LeGendre, who said, "Gregory Porter has a voice and musicality to be reckoned with." Two videos off of Water have been released, for the songs “Illusion” and the politically charged “1960 What?” Both have received significant airplay around the country, on such national outlets as VH-1.
Gregory Porter
Tender, soulful grooves from a Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist
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