When it comes to soul singers, there aren’t many that can truly claim this label. So when I heard Gregory Porter sing “1960 What?”, I just wanted to fall out. A single off of his 2010 debut album Water, which was Grammy nominated for best jazz vocal cd, it is the most overly political song on his album. It was inspired in part by Kamau Kenyatta’s (another talented musician) stories of life in Detroit and by the 1963 assassination of Martin Luther King, as well as by Porter’s experiences growing up in Los Angeles. In this song, Porter has the power and passion of a Marvin Winans, and the cadence and lyrics of a Bill Withers. I am excited to hear more from this awesome talent. In the meantime, check out his video for “1960 What?”
I hope you are enjoying your day off! 🙂 Peace.