At last! With his customary class, elegance and sophistication, Gregory Porter announces his first ever Christmas album, which was released last Friday 3rd November 2023 via Blue Note/Decca Records. Entitled ‘Christmas Wish’ it is a loving tribute to his favourite time of year – and to great songwriters, singers and interpreters including Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, Dinah Washington and Nat King Cole. In addition to this list of world class names, Mr Porter himself has added to the Christmas catalogue with three original tracks, soon to be favourites for the festive season.
The first single “Everything’s Not Lost” was released at the end of September. Listen here
About Gregory Porter
Acclaimed singer and songwriter Gregory Porter was raised in Bakersfield, California, and he cites the Bakersfield Southern Gospel sound, as well as his mother’s Nat King Cole record collection, as fundamental influences on his own sound.
Porter began singing in small jazz clubs in San Diego while attending San Diego State University on a football scholarship. Eventually Porter moved to New York City to pursue music full-time and his career began to ascend with the release of his first two albums—Water (2010) and Be Good (2012)—both of which received GRAMMY nominations.
Gregory has become known as one of most beloved American contemporary jazz artist, whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time.
Porter solidifies his standing as the most soulful jazz singer-songwriter of his generation, proof of which are his last five albums that 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 two-time 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.
His 2021 release Still Rising collected new songs, covers, duets, and a selection of his much-loved favorite songs.
Yet in his remarkable career, Porter has time and again demonstrated an innate ability to transcend genre and connect with audiences from all walks of life, and his new music reflects the singer´s continued and mindful growth as an artist and as a person amidst the constant touring demands that have resulted from tremendous international success.
5-6 Piece Live Band (from USA)