Born in Los Angeles, raised in Bakersfield, and now living in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, Gregory Porter has made the world his musical home. His 2010 Motma Music debut, Water, has earned him accolades from music critics as well as from his musical peers, in the US and abroad.
AllMusic.com called Gregory "an absolute showstopper of personalized soul" and Straight No Chaser declared, "Simply put, Gregory Porter may be our next great jazz singer." Porter continues to gain consistent praise as one of the best male vocalists on the scene today, with comparisons to Joe Williams, Nat King Cole and Donny Hathaway. Water was also singled out on several "Best Of 2010" year-end lists, including the Village Voice's Jazz Critics' Poll, in which he tied for the #1 Best Debut slot. At the end of 2010, Porter was among the few jazz artists to receive a Grammy nomination for a debut release.
His vocal prowess, which has earned him international recognition, prompted Wynton Marsalis, who tapped Porter several times to perform as a guest vocalist with his Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, to go on record citing him as "a fantastic young singer." Germany's Jazz Thing magazine lauds Porter's "deep blues-rooted voice, branching out in soul spheres. While the UKs JazzWise comments "In a year marked by the debut releases of some fine new jazz singers... Gregory Porter's superlative Water clearly lead[s] the pack." 2011 has brought Gregory nominations from the Jazz Journalists Association for Best Male Vocalist and a German Record Critics Award, In the UK, Gregory recorded a session for Jamie Cullums BBC Radio 2 program and was featured with Jools Holland on BBC TVs 'Later after which Water shot to #1 on both the UK ITunes and Amazon charts.