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Get To Know A GRAMMY Nominee: Gregory Porter

Gregory Porter (© Shawn Peters)
Photo Credit: Shawn Peters

Welcome to Week 3 of “Get To Know A GRAMMY Nominee” – time flies when you’re preoccupied by great music, doesn’t it? First we paid homage to guitar god and Jimi Hendrix a-alike, Gary Clark Jr. Then we got to know the first Australian R&B nominees, Hiatus Kaiyote. Shall we get into some jazz this week? I’ve got two words for you: Liquid Spirit.

That’s the name of one of this year’s contenders in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category, and it’s a thing of beauty. You can thank the rich baritone stylings of Gregory Porter and his evocative songwriting for bringing a passionate body of work into existence for our consumption and enjoyment.

Gregory Porter - Photo by Vincent Soyez

Photo Credit: Vincent Soyez.

From starring in the original cast of the Tony Award nominated Broadway production It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues to racking up 4 GRAMMY nominations in the last three years, it cannot be overstated that talent is in no short supply when it comes to Gregory Porter. His voice is the musical equivalent of snuggling under a blanket on a rainy day. Or a mimosa brunch at your favorite restaurant. Or whatever it is that makes you happy to be alive at any given moment. He could sing company listings from the Yellow Pages and it would be enthralling.

Don’t just take my word for it. You can watch a video of Gregory Porter performing his GRAMMY-nominated song “Hey Laura” (Best Traditional R&B Performance) below:

If that wasn’t enough to entice you, there’s plenty more of that baritone richness on his GRAMMY-nominated album Liquid Spirit (Amazon | iTunes). If you feel like splurging, you can get into his previous releases, Water and Be Good as well. His debut album Water was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2011, while the eponymous single from “Be Good” was nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance last year.

Be sure to visit his website, get lost in a plethora of videos on YouTube and keep tabs on news and updates via Facebook and Twitter. Jan. 26 is just nine days away, so the excitement is growing as we look forward to seeing if Gregory Porter finally gets to take home a golden gramophone (or two). Regardless of what happens at the GRAMMYs, it should go without saying that Gregory Porter will continue to leave an indelible mark on the jazz world as one of the great voices of the genre. Best of luck to him at the GRAMMYs and in all of his future musical endeavors!

Join us next Friday for the final installment of the “Get To Know A GRAMMY Nominee” series before the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 26th. If you weren’t with us for the first two entries, or if you just feel like revisiting, you can find them here and here.