GREGORY PORTER AND LEDISI

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21 AT 7PM

Gregory Porter and Ledisi have announced a 10-city co-headline U.S. tour in February-March 2020 that will bring the two powerhouse vocalists to venues across the country.

 

GREGORY PORTER

Gregory Porter is a 2-time GRAMMY winning vocalist and songwriter from Bakersfield, California whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time. Porter’s mother was a minister, and he cites the Bakersfield Southern Gospel sound as well as his mother’s Nat King Cole record collection as fundamental influences on his own sound. Porter began singing in small jazz clubs while attending San Diego State University on a football scholarship. After touring in the Tony Award nominated musical It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, Porter moved to New York City and released two GRAMMY nominated albums: Water (2010) and Be Good (2012). Porter’s breakout Blue Note debut Liquid Spirit was released in 2013 and became a global sensation, selling more than a million albums and winning the GRAMMY for Best Jazz Vocal Album, with NPR and Esquire declaring him “America’s Next Great Jazz Singer.” Porter has since released the GRAMMY-winning album Take Me to the Alley (2016), a GRAMMY-nominated tribute to his lifelong idol Nat King Cole & Me (2017) featuring an orchestra arranged and conducted by Vince Mendoza, and the concert film One Night Only: Live At The Royal Albert Hall (2018). He is the host of the new podcast The Hang.

 

LEDISI

Ledisi is a 12-time GRAMMY nominated vocalist who has wowed fans ever since she came onto the Bay area music scene. Over the past 20 years she has earned a place in the pantheon of the best soul singers of her generation. She has released nine studio albums, headlined national sold-out tours and performed alongside Richie Sambora, Dave Matthews, Kelly Clarkson, Jill Scott, Maxwell, and Herbie Hancock. Ledisi is a favorite of The Obamas and has performed at the White House nine times. In 2015, Ledisi landed a role in the Oscar-nominated movie Selma portraying Mahalia Jackson, and she had a notable performance in Gabourey Sidibe’s Shatterbox Anthology film, The Tale Of Four.  In 2017, Ledisi released her ninth studio album, Let Love Rule, which was nominated for three GRAMMY Awards and features John Legend, Kirk Franklin, and B.J. The Chicago Kid among others. Most recently she recorded a duet with the late Miles Davis on his newly released lost album Rubberband. Ledisi is not only a singer and actress, she’s an author, playwright, film producer, and now the CEO of her own record label Listen Back Entertainment from which she will launch several projects in the near future.



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