Grammy Award winning artist Gregory Porter has teamed up with Grammy winning conductor Vince Mendoza to record new album ‘Nat King Cole & Me’.
It’s the first time Porter has recorded with a full orchestra and under the direction of Mendoza, who has won 6 Grammys – you know it’s going to be something special.
The deeply personal tribute to Nat King Cole comes from Porter‘s early childhood encounter with Cole‘s music.
“When I was five,” he reminisces “I wrote a song…’Once upon a time I had a dream boat…upon that boat I found my love.’ my mother said ‘boy you sound like Nat King Cole!”
The young impressionable Gregory, dug into his mothers record collection to find out who this man was she referred to and upon hearing ‘Nature Boy’ for the first time, it was like the great ‘King Cole’ was singing words of wisdom directly to him.
‘Nat King Cole & Me’ will be released on 27th October through Decca/Blue Note Records and features songs such as ‘Smile’, ‘Nature Boy’, ‘Quizas Quizas Quizas’ and the beautiful ‘L-O-V-E’.
You’ll have to wait till April 2018 though to see Gregory Porter perform the album live, when he embarks on a UK Tour with dates in Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and London.
Nat King Cole & Me Track Listing
1. Mona Lisa
3. Nature Boy
5. Quizas, Quizas, Quizas
6. Miss Otis Regrets
7. Pick Yourself Up
8. When Love Was King (arrangement of an original Gregory Porter composition from Liquid Spirit)
9. The Lonely One
11. I Wonder Who My Daddy Is
12. The Christmas Song
UK Tour April 2018
5 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
6 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
7 – Liverpool Empire Theatre
8 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
10 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
11 – Cardiff St Davids Hall
12 – Manchester Apollo
13 – Leeds First Direct Arena
15 – Sheffield City Hall
17 – Bournemouth BIC
18 – London Royal Albert Hall (with orchestra)
19 – London Royal Albert hall (with orchestra)