Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Gregory Porter has been a prominent figure in the jazz music world since his debut album, Water, was released in 2010. Blending jazz, soul and gospel in his music, Porter has released five studio albums and 10 singles. His music is enjoyed by a wide audience, often charting well on international charts and receiving platinum and gold certifications through various trade associations throughout the world. "Liquid Spirit," "No Love Dying" and "Musical Genocide" are a few of his most celebrated singles. In 2017, Porter released the album Nat King Cole & Me, a tribute to the legendary jazz musician to whom Porter is often compared.
Living Up to the Legends
Born in Sacramento in 1971 and raised in Bakersfield, Calif., Gregory Porter began singing from an early age, encouraged by his mother to sing in church. A gifted athlete, Porter attended San Diego State University on a full athletic scholarship but injured his shoulder during his junior year. Moving to Brooklyn in 2004, the emerging singer began performing in various venues, including Solomon's Porch and Sista's Place. Porter's career got off to a positive start when he released his debut album in 2010 to positive critical acclaim. By the release of his third studio album, Liquid Spirit, he was experiencing commercial success not often found in the jazz world. The album became one of the most frequently streamed jazz albums in the world. Porter's music features his warm baritone voice and is often influenced by his idols Stevie Wonder, Nat King Cole and Donny Hathaway. The jazz singer can easily be recognized by his iconic deerstalker-style hats.
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Which songs might I hear at a Gregory Porter concert?
While at a Gregory Porter concert, you'll enjoy live performances of Porter's original songs and a few Nat King Cole covers. His setlist may include "Miss Otis Regrets," "When Love Was King," "Ballerina," "Hey Laura," "Mona Lisa," "Smile," "For All We Know," "I Wonder Who My Daddy Is," "The Lonely One" and "Liquid Spirit."
What are some notable Gregory Porter performances?
As a commercially and critically celebrated jazz artist, Gregory Porter has made several notable performances. In 2016, he performed at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park and at the Glastonbury Festival on the Pyramid Stage, both in England. In that same year, he performed on Children in Need, BBC's UK charity show. The show that year was dedicated to the late longtime host Sir Terry Wogan who was a fan of Porter. Porter has also appeared on the Graham Norton Show twice in 2017, performing "Holding On" and "Mona Lisa."
Which awards has Gregory Porter won?
Gregory Porter's debut album, Water, earned him his first Grammy Award nomination. He has received a total of six nominations and had his first win in 2013 for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Liquid Spirit. His second Grammy was awarded in 2016 for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Take Me to the Alley.