Gregory Porter steals the show at Radio 1 Ibiza 20 event
‘Man Of The Moment’* vocalist, songwriter and entertainer Gregory Porter stole the show at BBC Radio 1’s Ibiza 20 event this weekend, when he delighted dance fans with a surprise live vocal performance of recent collaborative single ‘Holding On’ during dance duo Disclosure’s set on Friday night, at Ushuaia Beach Hotel, Ibiza.
Despite being known predominantly as jazz vocalist, Gregory was a major part of the Ibiza 20 event, held this weekend to mark 20 years of the station broadcasting shows and hosting events in Ibiza. He also performed a live version of his latest dance focused single: ‘Liquid Spirit – Claptone Remix’ on Saturday night at Danny Howard’s hotly anticipated event on San Antonio’s sunset strip, which saw Gregory rubbing shoulders with dance legends Rudimental, Duke Dumont and Pete Tong who also performed.
Gregory’s booking at Ibiza 20 was the result of his unprecedented success within the dance scene, with event organisers adding him to the bill, after production enigma Claptone’s remix version of Gregory’s classic track ‘Liquid Spirit’, became the hit of the summer and the Most Shazamed track in Ibiza. The track is now well on course to become a summer smash. It has scored a number one on dance mecca Beatport, landed over 4 million streams on Spotify, 895k plays on soundcloud and 800k views on YouTube. This success lead to the decision to release a radio version of single: ‘Liquid Spirit – Clpatone remix (Full Vocal Version) which has scored numerous plays across key UK radio stations and DJ’s including Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Danny Howard and Mista Jam. The new version of the track is out now and impacts at radio on 4 September.
Gregory who is primarily known in the UK for his jazz/soul inspired vocals recently remarked on his success within the dance music scene, telling Huffington Post: “I think even though I’m prominently known for singing jazz influenced songs, my influences are actually very broad and include a lot of soul, blues and gospel music which are vocally the foundations of many of the classic dance tracks we all know and love. So I suppose it’s not a huge leap for Disclosure to use my vocals on their tracks as they are influenced by the garage scene which used a lot of soul vocalists, but I never expected to be so welcomed and have such success in the dance scene, it’s been fantastic.”
Gregory’s success this year, has not been limited to the dance scene, as nearly two years after its release, his Grammy-winning album, ‘Liquid Spirit’, has become a hit record in the UK. The album landed a Top 10 in the UK Album Charts this March and has reached Gold sales, become the most streamed jazz album of all time and spent a whopping total of 71 weeks in the UK album charts this year so far! This year Gregory’s televised appearances and performances have included his hotly anticipated Glastonbury Festival debut, Sunday Night at The Palladium and VE Day 70. Gregory plays V Festival this summer, amongst others, and tours the UK next spring – opening at iconic London venue the Royal Albert Hall on 4 April 2016. For more information visit: www.gregoryporter.com
Gregory Porter ‘Liquid Spirit – Claptone Remix (Full Vocal Version)’ is available to stream now on streaming services including Spotify and available to download. For more details visit: www.gregoryporter.com