Undeniably one of the best voices of our generation, Grammy award-winning singing sensation Gregory Porter has made his eagerly-awaited return to the studio with the uplifting new single "Revival", out today on Decca Records/Blue Note/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company. He also announces the release of his sixth studio album All Rise on April 17.
Following on from 2017's 'Nat King Cole & Me' album, which charted at No.3, Porter's forthcoming record marks a return to his beloved original songwriting - heart-on-sleeve lyrics imbued with everyday philosophy and real-life detail, set to a stirring mix of jazz, soul, blues, and gospel.
First single, "Revival", sets the tone, kicking off with Gregory's signature hand-clapping. Drop the needle on this irrepressible, gospel-infused track and just try to pretend you aren't lifted by the spirit. And this is just one of the many moments of pure joy on the new album. All Rise, produced by Troy Miller (Laura Mvula, Jamie Cullum, Emili Sandé) also represents the evolution of Porter's art to something even more emphatic, emotive, intimate, and universal too.
"Yes, you could say that I went big," says Gregory about the track, which combines the talents of his longtime loyal bandmates, a handpicked horn section and 10-member choir. He explains, "For me, it's the message of walking into this life and having some fear and self-doubt, and the point where you grab onto something that you know is real, the silent and real things, the truth... Once you can wrap onto the truth then this fearlessness comes."
Since his world-beating 2013 Blue Note debut, 'Liquid Spirit', which won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Gregory hasn't let down his legion of fans, whether collaborating with Disclosure on 'Holding On', releasing his dance hit 'Liquid Spirit - Claptone Remix' which became one of the most popular tracks in Ibiza, scoring another Grammy for 'Take Me to the Alley' (2016), or telling his life story through Cole's songbook. Porter is still surprised by his runaway success, but he has a theory: "I was soothed by my voice as a child and I think that's the same thing others get from it. I'm trying to heal myself with these songs."
Not only has Gregory made chart history by bringing jazz back to the masses, graced the iconic Pyramid Stage and the world's most prestigious gig venues, performed for the Queen, appeared on the biggest TV shows as well as presented his own series ('Gregory Porter's Popular Voices' on BBC Four), 2019 saw the singer launch and host his own podcast, 'The Hang', featuring such distinguished guests as Annie Lennox and Jeff Goldblum. He also became the first celebrity to sing a lullaby on CBeebies Bedtime Stories!
Along with his new album, 2020 sees Gregory take the position of 'Guest Curator' at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, performing there on May 5th, and embark upon a major UK tour (9-26 May), with a series of arena shows as well as four nights at London's Royal Albert Hall.
As ever, Gregory Porter manages to cut through the noise of genres and the mess of life, bringing his rich, soulful voice and exuberant personality to everyone and everything. And lucky for us that he does.
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