Undeniably one of the best voices of our generation, Grammy award-winning singing sensation Gregory Porter has made his eagerly-awaited return to the studio with the uplifting new Political single ‘Revival’, out today on Decca Records/Blue Note. He also announces the release of sixth studio album ‘All Rise’ out 17th April
‘Revival’, sets the tone of the album, kicking off with Porter’s signature hand-clapping, some suppressive chain-gang style humming before exploding into a dance-floor uplifter.
Talking of the track Porter explains, “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 grab onto the truth then this fearlessness comes.”
“The concept of the music video is about revival and renewal of the spirit, of life’s energy. I wanted the video to have an important political message too, which is why we chose to honour the young man from Baltimore, Freddie Gray, at the beginning. There are so many things in life that can get you down and make you feel small, whether it be racism, self-doubt, insecurity or financial situations. It’s about finding your source of strength to bring you back to seeing who you truly are so that you can be restored to the giant that you are.”
‘All Rise’, produced by Troy Miller (Calvin Harris, Rag’n’Bone Man, Amy Winehouse) also represents the evolution of Porter‘s art to something even more emphatic, emotive, intimate, and universal too. “Yes, you could say that I went big,” says Gregory about the album, which combines the talents of his longtime loyal band mates, a handpicked horn section, a 10-member choir, and the London Symphony Orchestra Strings.
Along with his new album, 2020 sees Gregory take the position of ‘Guest Curator’ at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, performing there on 5th May, and embark upon a major UK tour (9-26 May), with a series of arena shows as well as four nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.