Gregory Porter released a new album on November 5, 2021. He has had the nation wondering why the artist always appears in a signature hat.
The 49-year-old is an American singer, songwriter, presenter and actor.
He has famously won two Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album, the first in 2014 for Liquid Spirit, and the second in 2017 for Take Me to the Alley.
His new album, Still Rising, boasts five new tracks, two new arrangements, nine of his most popular songs, covers and duets.
Paloma Faith, Moby and Ella Fitzgerald are just some of the artists who have collaborated with him on it.
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“This is my music up until now, but it’s not a ‘Greatest Hits’. They often come at the end of someone’s career, and I still feel new and young in mine,” he told Total Entertainment.
He added: “I have much more to say.”
Gregory has performed in front of Queen Elizabeth II several times, even performing at the 70th Anniversary VE Day celebrations.
The singer is identifiable by his flat cap – a Kangol Summer Spitfire.
When asked about this fashion statement, which Jazz Weekly described as “weird and wonderful”, Gregory admitted that he wears the hat for health-related reasons.
He said: “I’ve had some surgery on my skin, so this has been my look for a little while and will continue to be for a while longer.”
To the BBC he explained that he wants to be “less about my hat and more about my heart and my sound”.
Although he has not divulged why he needed surgery, he told The Telegraph that he gained his facial scars at the young age of “seven or eight”.
He explained: “I just saw it one day and said: ‘I’m gonna put this on, I like it.’”
But it was not a decision he made due to being in the public eye, as it was before his music career began.
While he admits to experiencing some on-stage insecurity, he doesn’t let his scars inhibit him or his career.
“I get recognised for the hat in airports. In the UK, they know me quite well but they don’t give me a free pass, I get fully checked and searched,” he told The Independent.
He added: “There has been a time or two when I have been asked to sing to let them know it’s really me.”
The singer was recently in the UK to perform at the Royal Albert Hall on October 13, 14 and 16, 2021.
You can see the talented Gregory Porter and his hat when he hits the UK in May 2022 for a wider UK tour.