Gregory Porter has delayed his upcoming album All Rise, but has promised new songs and videos while fans wait for the record’s release.
A two-time Grammy Award winner, Porter is one of the leading voices in today’s generation of jazz.
This will be the U.S. vocalist’s sixth studio album. It’s his first since 2017’s Nat King Cole & Me, and his first full of original material since 2016’s Grammy-winning Take Me to the Alley.
All Rise was originally slated for April 17. Due to the current global circumstances, it has been pushed back to Aug. 28.
“No fear, I’ll have plenty coming your way soon in the meantime,” Porter tweeted. “My priority is you, my fans, and we must take care of each other during this time. More soon!”
#AllRise will now be released on Aug 28th. ▲ No fear, I’ll have plenty coming your way soon in the meantime. My priority is you, my fans, and we must take care of each other during this time. More soon! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/6OPtGvqzTP
— Gregory Porter (@GregoryPorter) March 24, 2020
Porter has already shared the album’s first single, Revival.
“This is straight-up gospel. This what I heard in church. When somebody caught the Holy Ghost this was the beat,” he said of the song, which he co-wrote with producer Troy Miller.
“Troy knows the importance of message in music, but the message that we both agreed on with the lyric was what I believe in, that renewal of the spirit, of life’s energy. It’s both heavenly and earthly. You don’t have to be a believer to understand revival and renewal, starting all over again afresh. For me, it’s the message of walking into this life and having some fear and some self-doubt, and at the point that you grab onto something that you know is real, the truth. Once you can grab onto the truth then this fearlessness comes.”
For the making of All Rise, Porter tapped the talents of his longtime band along with a handpicked horn section, a 10-member choir and the London Symphony Orchestra Strings.
“Yes, you could say that I went big,” Porter said. ““But, quite frankly, the way I write in my head, it all happens with just voice and piano first, and it’s built up from there. It feels good to get back to the rhythms and the styles and the feelings and the way that I like to lay down my own music from start to finish.”
All Rise will now arrive Aug. 28 via Blue Note.