Grammy award winning singer, songwriter and entertainment Gregory Porter, makes music history today as he breaks into the Top 10 of the Official UK Album Chart with The Most Streamed Jazz Album of All Time: ‘Liquid Spirit’.
At No.10, it is “Man of the Moment” Porter’s highest chart position to date, with an album that was originally released in 2013. This extreme lift in popularity puts him safely above the current albums from Mark Ronson, Royal Blood, Olly Murs and Emeli Sande, as well as the critically acclaimed brand new album by Father John Misty, and only just behind Taylor Swift.
Gregory stated: “So honoured that liquid spirit is being discovered… Let it continue… let the spirit free.”
Last year ‘Liquid Spirit’ was awarded ‘Best Jazz Vocal Album’ at the Grammys, and with several high profile TV appearances (including Graham Norton, Strictly Come Dancing, The One Show and The BBC Music Awards – at which he was nominated for ‘International Artist of the Year’ alongside Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton, Prince, Lorde and Pharrell Williams), sell-out UK gigs (including Royal Albert Hall and the Roundhouse) and being chosen to sing on Marks & Spencer’s biggest TV advert of the year, Porter has swiftly risen from jazz clubs to today’s record-breaking chart position.
Porter has found fans in Sam Smith (who was recently quoted as saying “This man is everything”), Paloma Faith (“His voice touches even the most desensitised soul”) and Ed Sheeran, who tweeted the lyrics to Gregory’s latest single ‘Water Under Bridges’, which he re-recorded as a duet with Laura Mvula.
After his voice, Gregory’s most distinctive feature – his hat – which has no doubt contributed to a lift in sales of the Kangol Summer Spitfire style.
Gregory Porter’s ‘Liquid Spirit’ Expanded Deluxe Edition, which features a plethora of additional content including collaborations with Laura Mvula, Jamie Cullum and Ben L’Oncle Soul and is available now on iTunes. ‘Liquid Spirit’ Deluxe Edition CD/DVD is also available now on Amazon.