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Gregory Porter

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Dates: Thursday 4 July 2024

Gregory Porter

Gregory has become known as the UK’s favourite contemporary American jazz artist. His last five albums have all reached the Top 10, with ‘Take Me To The Alley’ (2016), ‘Nat King Cole & Me’ (2017) and ‘All Rise’ (2020) hitting the Top 5. A double Grammy-winner (Best Jazz Vocal Album for ‘Liquid Spirit’ (2014) and Best Jazz Vocal Album for ‘Take Me To The Alley’) and seven-time Grammy nominee, the singer and songwriter has amassed cumulative streams of 1.6 billion and counting.

Since breaking through almost a decade ago with ‘Liquid Spirit’, Gregory has become a beloved part of the British cultural firmament. The Californian cat-in-the-hat has played at numerous festivals, including Glastonbury (where he wowed the Pyramid Stage) and Radio 2’s Live in Hyde Park. He performed multiple times for the late HM Queen Elizabeth II, most recently as part of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, and has also appeared before HM King Charles III.

His laidback wit and effortless style has seen him become a TV favourite, with multiple appearances on Graham Norton, Later… with Jools Holland, Strictly Come Dancing and Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Gregory is also a natural host – he presented his own series, BBC Four’s ‘Gregory Porter’s Popular Voices’ and YouTube cooking show ‘The Porterhouse’. Then there’s his podcast, ‘The Hang’, on which he was joined by distinguished guests including as Annie Lennox and his duet-buddy Jeff Goldblum. And perhaps most important of all, Porter became the first celebrity to sing a lullaby on CBeebies Bedtime Stories and lent his distinctive voice to children’s BBC favourite ‘Numberblocks’.

The dance music world loves Gregory, too. Claptone’s remix of his classic track ‘Liquid Spirit’ became the hit of summer ’15 and the Most Shazamed track in Ibiza. Amongst his many collaborators are Disclosure, which whom he released ‘Holding On’, the lead single from the duo's second studio album, ‘Caracal’. He performed the track live at BBC Radio 1’s ‘Ibiza 20’ event at Ushuaia Beach Hotel. Talk about range.

Gregory Porter’s new album Christmas Wish is out now  via Blue Note/Decca Records.


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