Gregory Porter and Ledisi will bring their music to the Duke Energy Center for the Arts-The Mahaffey on Friday, Feb. 21, starting at 8 p.m. The pair of singers bring some of the best in soul; and jazz in a rare combination of talented vocalists. Tickets are available at The Mahaffey box office or online priced from $39.50 to $100. Patrons can take advantage of a special Valentine’s Sale for 25% off select tickets with code ROMANCE. Offer is valid through Feb. 16 at 10 p.m. Promo code must be entered before selecting seats.
Gregory Porter is a two-time Grammy®-winning vocalist and songwriter from Bakersfield, California, whose music is at once timeless, yet utterly of its time. Known for his warm baritone vocals, Gregory Porter rose to acclaim in the 2010s with his earthy, cross-pollinated brand of jazz, soul, and gospel. A gifted singer of standards as well as more contemporary soul material, Porter has earned favorable comparisons to his idols Nat King Cole, Donny Hathaway, and Stevie Wonder. (Photo LEFT taken by Erik Humphry)
He announced his arrival by picking up a Grammy® nomination for his 2010 debut, “Water.” After signing to Blue Note, he gained even wider notice for his third album, 2013’s Liquid Spirit, which hit number two on the jazz charts, and won the 2014 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Although his original songs are his main focus, Porter often returns to his roots, such as on his 2017 tribute album Nat King Cole & Me . His second Grammy® came that year for Take Me to the Alley.
Ledisi is a 12-time Grammy®-nominated vocal powerhouse who has wowed fans ever since she came onto the Bay area music scene. Over the past twenty years, she has earned a place in the pantheon of the best soul singers of her generation. Among her top-selling records are “The Rain,” “Stay Together,” “High,” “Pieces of Me,” “I Blame You” and “In the Morning.
Her fans include icons, legends and current chart-toppers like the late-Prince, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and so many more. She has headlined two national sold-out tours, performed alongside Richie Sambora, Dave Matthews, Kelly Clarkson, Jill Scott, Maxwell as well as jazz greats like Herbie Hancock and appeared on most major television nighttime shows.
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