Life and careerGregory Porter was born in Los Angeles and was raised in Bakersfield, California where his mother was a minister.
A 1989 graduate of Highland High School, he received a full-ride athletic scholarship to San Diego State University (SDSU Aztecs).
Unfortunately, a shoulder injury during his junior year of high school restricted his football career.
Greg was known by his teammates as a gentleman off the field, but a monster on it.His debut album, Water, released in 2010 via Motéma Music, was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.
He was also a member of the original Broadway cast of It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues.
His second album, Be Good, which contains many of Porter's compositions, was released on February 14, 2012, and garnered critical acclaim for both his distinctive singing and his compositions, such as "Be Good (Lion's Song), "Real Good Hands", and "On My Way To Harlem".
The title track was also nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.Porter always wears a modified flat cap for public appearances.
The reason for this is not entirely clear, but he has mentioned its role as a security blanket and refers to it as his "jazz hat."He was signed by Blue Note Records (Universal Music Group) on May 17, 2013, and his third album, Liquid Spirit, was released on September 2, 2013, in Europe and on September 17, 2013, in the US.
The album is produced by Brian Bacchus.
The album won the 2014 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album.On 23 February 2014 Porter was the guest of Clare Teal on the BBC Radio 2 show Sunday Night at 10.
Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
The In Crowd
Liquid Spirit (Claptone Remix Edit)
Liquid Spirit [Claptone Remix]
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
The In Crowd
No Love Dying
Water Under Bridges
No Love Dying (Steve Osborne Mix)