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Gregory Porter announces Disney partnership and releases new album titled Still Rising

by Khyle Deen. Published Fri 05 Nov 2021 18:12

A 34-TRACK DOUBLE ALBUM INCLUDING BRAND-NEW SONGS, COVERS, DUETS & THE ORIGINAL DISNEY CHRISTMAS ADVERT SOUNDTRACK ‘LOVE RUNS DEEPER’, WHICH WILL ALSO BE RELEASED AS A CHARITY SINGLE IN SUPPORT OF MAKE-A-WISH® INTERNATIONAL

Gregory joins Disney for the launch of their Magical Christmas Campaign ‘From Our Family to Yours’ in Support of Make-A-Wish® including New Animated Advert.

With family togetherness at its heart, festive short ‘The Stepdad’ follows a family’s journey as they navigate their first Christmas together. The advert celebrates the power of storytelling to inspire imagination and the magic created by reading together. Gregory Porter performs the original advert soundtrack ‘Love Runs Deeper’, available now as a charity single in support of Make-A-Wish® International. The creation of the advert also enabled Make-A-Wish UK to grant a very special wish for 13-year-old Dylan, whose wish was to be an animator.

The short film will premiere across TV & Digital plus Disney’s own channels in 45 countries. In 2020, Disney’s consumer Christmas campaign amassed over 106 million views. This campaign once again supports long-standing partner, Make-A-Wish, helping the charity to create lifechanging wishes for children with critical illnesses that can be an important part of the healing process. Since 1980, Disney has helped Make-A-Wish grant more than 145,000 life-changing wishes around the world - bringing light, hope and joy to wish children and their families.

Love Runs Deeper is written by LA-based songwriters PARKWILD, the track also features CHERISE, a member of Tomorrow’s Warriors, an organisation committed to increasing diversity and equality across the arts through jazz music.

For every download before 31st December 2021, 100% of the proceeds from the retail price will be donated to Make-A-Wish International.

The advert was developed and produced by Disney EMEA’s in-house creative team, led by Angela Affinita, Director of Brand Marketing and Creative, in partnership with Flux Animation Studios in New Zealand and story consultants, POCC.

Gregory says of Love Runs Deeper: “The lyrics of the track are so powerful, and underline that behind everything there is love. When I read the first line of ‘Love Runs Deeper’, “When you open the door, I will be standing there”, I was truly moved by its emotion and storytelling. I knew I needed to be involved with this campaign and support Make-A-Wish.”

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Still Rising is an exquisite selection box of musical delights. The first disc includes five brand-new tracks, two new arrangements and nine of Porter’s most loved global favourites. The second disc features breath-taking covers and duets, boasting songs with Paloma Faith, Moby, Jamie Cullum, Jeff Goldblum, Ella Fitzgerald and many more.

Of the collection, Porter says: “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. I have much more to say. There is always something in an artist’s career that people don’t know about; I wanted to bring it to their attention. The album title echoes my last one, All Rise, because I am reiterating something evident in my music and the new songs here - this upward-looking optimism about life and love. It’s an unfinished story for me, both musically and personally. And I’m still learning how to do this. Still rising.”

Over the past decade, Gregory Porter has taken the world by storm, bringing contemporary Jazz to the masses. Collecting numerous accolades and acknowledgements, including two Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album. He is a well-loved favourite on TV shows such as Graham Norton, Jools Holland, Strictly Come Dancing and was the first celebrity to sing on CBeebies Bedtime Stories!

In 2019 the singer launched and hosted his own podcast, ‘The Hang’, which has amassed two successful series to date and played host to a range of celebrity guests. Earlier this year, Porter released ‘The PorterHouse with Gregory Porter’ Presented by Citi, a six-episode cooking series in which the singer shares recipes inspired by his local community, culinary experiences on tour and his own family cooking traditions.

A seasoned performer, Porter has performed for The Queen on multiple occasions, singing Amazing Grace at the Royal Albert Hall and at the 70th Anniversary VE Day celebrations & the iconic Pyramid stage at Glastonbury. A global phenomenon, he consistently sells out venues worldwide. This year, after a long break due to the covid-19 pandemic, Gregory Porter sold out four stellar performances per across 3 dates at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall. He will be returning to create the magic all over again in May 2022 for a wider UK Tour. Further details below, tickets available now.

GREGORY PORTER UK TOUR DATES 2022

LEEDS FIRST DIRECT ARENA 7TH MAY 2022
MANCHESTER AO ARENA 8TH MAY 2022
BOURNEMOUTH INTERNATIONAL CENTRE 10TH MAY 2022
BIRMINGHAM RESORTS WORLD ARENA 1TH MAY 2022
CARDIFF MOTORPOINT ARENA 13TH MAY 2022
BRIGHTON THE BRIGHTON CENTRE 14TH MAY 2022
GLASGOW SSE HYDRO 16TH MAY 2022

TRACKLISTING

CD 1

01 - Hey Laura
02 - Liquid Spirit
03 - Revival
04 - Illusion
05 - 1960 What?
06 - L.O.V.E
07 - Holding On
08 - Concorde
09 - If Love Is Overrated
10 - I Will
11 - Real Good Hands
12 - My Babe
13 - Bad Girl Love
14 - No Love Dying
15 - Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?
16 - Dry Bones
17- Love Runs Deeper
18 - It’s Probably Me


CD2

01 - Natural Blues (with Moby & Amythyst Kiah)
02 - Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (with Jamie Cullum)
03 - Raining in My Heart (with Buddy Holly)
04 - People Will Say We’re in Love (with Ella Fitzgerald)
05 - GrandMas’ Hands (with Ben L’Oncle Soul)
06 - Christmas Prayer (with Paloma Faith)
07 - Insanity (with Lalah Hathaway)
08 - Make Someone Happy (with Jeff Goldblum)
09 - Fly Me To The Moon (with Julie London)
10 - Satiated (with Dianne Reeves)
11 - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (with Renée Fleming)
12 - The Girl From Ipanema (with Nat King Cole)
13 - Water Under Bridges (with Laura Mvula)
14- Right Where you are (with Lizz Wright)
15 - Heart and Soul - (with Yo-Yo Ma & The Silkroad Ensemble, Lisa Fischer)
16 - Making Love (with Trijntje Oosterhuis)



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