Jun 21 - Jun 23, 2013
With Be Good, released on February 14, 2011, Gregory Porter surpassed the heightened expectations of his follow up to Water (2010). Featuring Porter’s winning combination of “outstanding original songs, erudite lyrics and social comment, top drawer musicianship and improvisation, and a voice to die for” (Jazz Wise), Be Good is a musical compendium of groove-driven delights, ranging from quiet ballads to up-tempo burners, from romantic charmers to powerful, blues-tinged anthems. When his song “Real Good Hands” was selected as Itunes Song of the Week, over 200,000 new fans downloaded the song and were introduced to his signature soul-influenced jazz. That song also gained him a much deserved Grammy® nomination for best Traditional R&B Performance in 2013.
Porter exploded onto the international music scene with his debut CD, Water in May of 2010, and has racked up a continuing stream of amazing accolades and awards. Porter’s Water garnered a ‘Best Jazz Vocal ’ Grammy® nomination (a rare feat for a debut recording), rocketed to #1 on both iTunes and Amazon in the UK and soared onto an international array of year-end ‘Best Of’ lists for 2010 in several genres, and within a scant 15 months established him as a formidable international touring artist.
A disarmingly sincere performer, with a groove that never quits, a voice of incredible virtuosity and a seemingly universal appeal as a songwriter, Porter writes lyrics that often speak as dreams do, in the languages of image and emotion, to communicate thoroughly though not always directly. His objective as a songwriter, he says, is “to create a sincere message about my feelings on love, culture, family and our human joys and pain.” Even in conversation he leans toward the poetic: “Just like the song ‘Painted on Canvas’ says, ‘I’m ‘made of the pigment of paint that is put upon’ …trying to be honest and organic in my colors that I show.” Be Good clearly attains that goal, and also proves to have a wide palette of colors to show.
“Gregory Porter is…not only a powerful new voice in jazz, but…undoubtedly the real deal with unbridled staying power in the realm of pop, soul and gospel as well.” -The Urban Flux
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