Vol.17 No.8

Gregory Porter

Crooner/songwriter Gregory porter is known as a jazz singer but writes and records beautiful ballads that could be arranged in any musical form.

Prepare

Have the class read Gregory Porter Rises Up (page 28 of the student edition). 

Discuss:

  • Gregory Porter’s unique “crooning” style is rare today, particularly among mainstream artists. How do you feel when you listen to his music and why do you think this style is not considered pop?
  • Consider this quote from the article: “One could argue that if Gregory Porter were making music during the time of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole, that he would have been regarded as one of the biggest stars in the world.” Why do you think this is?

Hear Gregory Porter’s music in the videos below: