To celebrate Michael Kiwanuka’s crowning as the BBC Sound of 2012 this Friday (who we wrote about back in May 2011, by the way), we thought we’d bring you another Soul singer who might have slipped under your radar. Gregory Porter attended San Diego State University on a Football scholarship but, after being sidelined by injury, he took to the city’s Jazz Clubs flexing his effortlessly powerful voice. His 2010 debut album Water was nominated for Grammy for the Best Jazz Vocal CD and was heartily supported by the BBC’s Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum. 1960 What? features on it and is inspired by his producer’s stories of life in Detroit and also Martin Luther King’s assassination. It’s the best of a great bunch from a singer who represents a serious talent in Jazz and Soul music and is definitely one to watch when his sophomore album Be Good drops on 14 Feb. It’s that Kiwanuka feeling all over again!
An oustanding A Cappella of Nina Simone’s Feeling Good
And here’s a remix of 1960 What? by Opolopo