At the start of 2010, the buzz about Los Angeles-born and now Brooklyn-based jazz/soul vocalist Gregory Porter was a strong, steady murmur, fueled by a growing crowd of fans who'd caught his performance in the Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominated Broadway hit, 'It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues', or his weekly stints at the Harlem club, St. Nick's Pub.
By the end of 2012, with his second album, 'Be Good', having earned a Grammy nomination, the buzz had built to a roar, with the incredible accolades showered on Porter showing no sign of decreasing either in volume or enthusiasm. As the year drew to a close, Porter's music topped an extraordinary number of 'Best of 2012' lists in the US and the UK, including NPR's 'Best Music of 2012' and '100 Favorite Songs of 2012'; iTunes' 'Jazz Album of the Year'; and Soul Train's 'Top 10 Albums of 2012. 'Be Good' was also named Soul Tracks' 'Album of the Year.'
Based on the groundwork laid by the volume of positive critical and public response to his ‘Best Jazz Vocal' Grammy-nominated debut album, 'Water' (2010), 'Be Good' met out of the box success. The track 'Real Good Hands' was selected by iTunes as its 'Single of the Week', propelling the track to the #1 position on iTunes jazz chart for several weeks, and sending it soaring into the Top 100 overall album chart the first week of release. Another track from the album, 'On My Way to Harlem' was selected by the Starbucks Digital Network as its 'Pick of the Week'.
In the ten months since its release, 'Be Good' ranked up an impressive showing on both US and international charts. In Billboard, the album reached #6 on the Jazz Album chart and #12 on the Heatseekers chart. Its US chart success is mirrored around the globe. The international success of 'Be Good', supported by extensive touring throughout Europe resulted in the album being honored with an Edison Award, the Dutch equivalent of a Grammy.
The year also found Porter gracing the cover of numerous magazines, including Jazz Inside, and France's Jazz Magazine and L'Express, which lauded him as 'the next great voice in Jazz.' Porter was also profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Jazz Times and the UK's Echoes and Blues and Soul, and the album was reviewed by some 50 online and print outlets around the world, including the Huffington Post, BBC Music Magazine, The London Times, The Guardian, and the Irish Times.
His latest album, 'Liquid Spirit' is out now.