The iconic jazz singer is back with new material and a UK tour for May this year. Gregory Porter’s last album was 2017’s Nat King Cole & Me, which made it to No 3 in the UK charts. Now the 48-year-old is back with his sixth studio album All Rise. The first single Revival, which has some upbeat and soulful gospel vibes, has seen its music video released today and can be viewed below.
Revival features a handpicked horn section and 10 member choir.
On the single, Porter said: “Yes, you could say that I went big.
“For me, it’s the message of walking into this life and having some fear and self-doubt, and the point where you grab onto something that you know is real, the silent and real things, the truth… Once you can wrap onto the truth then this fearlessness comes.”
Beginning at Cheltenham Jazz Festival and including four nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall, here are Porter’s full UK live tour dates across May 2020.
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May 5th – Cheltenham Jazz Festival
May 9th – Manchester Arena
May 10th – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
May 11th – Leeds First Direct Arena
May 13th – Glasgow SEC Hydro
May 14th – Newcastle Utilita Arena
May 16th – Birmingham Resorts World Arena
May 17th – Hull Bonus Arena
May 19th – London Royal Albert Hall
May 20th – London Royal Albert Hall
May 22nd – London Royal Albert Hall
May 23rd – London Royal Albert Hall
25th – Bournemouth International Centre
26th – Brighton Centre
Two years ago, Express.co.uk interviewed Gregory Porter for his Nat King Cole & Me album.
On why he chose the iconic singer’s tunes, he said: “Nat King Cole’s music was important to me from a very early age. I gotta hold of Nat’s music from five or six, from my mother’s record collection.
“From first hearing it, it just opened up my ears and – not too sound too flowery – opened up my heart.
“I used to listen to Nat’s music and imagine him as my father and friend, so this music has been important to me for the passing of my mother and just significant times in my life.”
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He added: “It’s just been serious music in my life and a great influence, so this is the first record of Nat’s music I’ll be doing – maybe there’ll be others – but these are some of the most significant songs to me.”
Porter admitted he sees his own voice as somewhere between Donny Hathaway and Nat King Cole.
The singer said: “I’m trying to bring jazz and the church together. The sacred and the serious and the comedic.
“I think [covering Donny is] something I will do in the future. I have some ideas for a soul-influenced jazz project.[Also] the great music of Bill Withers, I’d love to explore.”
Porter continued: “[But] for me the first artist of significant influence I’m going to cover had to be Nat King Cole, because he was at the beginning of my musical understanding.
“[Hearing me sing], my mother said to me when I was five, ‘Boy you sound like Nat King Cole.’ I thought, ‘I need to find out who that is.’ So I broke into her records, I listened and it opened up a different thing.
“Of course I’d been exposed to the R&B and soul music that was on the radio and gospel music. But Nat’s music really touched me in an emotional way.”
Gregory Porter’s new album is released on April 17, 2020.
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