At the start of 2010, the buzz about Los Angeles-born and now Brooklyn-based 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 start of 2012, as his second CD, Be Good, dropped on Valentine’s Day, the buzz had built to a roar, with the incredible accolades showered on Porter showing no sign of decreasing either in volume or enthusiasm.
Porter’s 2010 Motema Music debut, Water, garnered a ‘Best Jazz Vocal’ Grammy® nomination (a rare feat for a debut recording), rocketed to #1 on both iTunes and Amazon in the UK and soared onto an international array of year-end ‘Best Of’ lists for 2010 in several genres, and within a scant 15 months established him as a formidable international touring artist.
Based on the groundwork laid by the volume of positive critical and public response to Water, Be Good has been met with 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 two weeks, and sending it soaring into the Top 100 overall album chart the first week of release. In the month since Be Good dropped, the CD has drawn critical raves from the likes of Soul Tracks, who declared, “Porter fuses jazz and soul better than anybody working these days… We are only one month into 2012 and we may have already heard the album of the year. Very Highly Recommended.” The site also ranked Be Good as the #1 CD, based on Amazon sales, for the month of February
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