Contemporary Jazz and Blues musician, singer-songwriter sensation Gregory Porter has recently dropped one of his finest singles to date in the form of ‘Revival,’ a song which delivers an overall perfect Gospel Pop music production.
Although ‘Revival’ is yet another “CeeLo Green-eat your heart out,” tour-de-force of a vocal performance from the Grammy award-winning artist, it is the music video which intrigues the listener and viewer, for its unique “Honey I Shrunk The Kids” concept where, interestingly, a young, contemporary dancer watches a news report in which the charges have been dropped from policemen who have committed police brutality crimes, only to shrink into a miniature-sized version of himself. Following on from this, we watch the shrunken human dance his way from his home, out into the neighbourhood, all the way to the venue where Porter is performing his memorable number.
“The concept of the music video is about revival and renewal of the spirit, of life’s energy. I wanted the video to have an important political message too, which is why we chose to honour the young man from Baltimore, Freddie Gray, at the beginning. There are so many things in life that can get you down and make you feel small, whether it be racism, self-doubt, insecurity or financial situations. It’s about finding your source of strength to bring you back to seeing who you truly are so that you can be restored to the giant that you are.” Gregory Porter
‘Revival’ is without a doubt the most upbeat and uplifting way to kick-off 2020. However, despite the song’s soulful energy, the minor chord structure in the verses gives the song its slightly dark edge, performed via a distorted, electro bassline and the humming of some very sinister backing vocalists. Along with a Gospel choir that increases Revival’s uplifting vibes, Gregory Porter has proven, once again, that he is one of the best singers on the Gospel and Soul music scene today.
Gregory Porter’s new album ‘All Rise’ is out on Decca Records/Blue Note on 17th April 2020
UK LIVE DATES – MAY 2020:
5th – Cheltenham Jazz Festival
9th – Manchester Arena
10th – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
11th – Leeds First Direct Arena
13th – Glasgow SEC Hydro
14th – Newcastle Utilita Arena
16th – Birmingham Resorts World Arena
17th – Hull Bonus Arena
19th/20th/22nd&23rd – London Royal Albert Hall
25th – Bournemouth International Centre
26th – Brighton Centre