The Hang with Gregory Porter

The Hang with Gregory Porter

By Gregory Porter

You’re all invited as Gregory Porter hangs out with famous friends, old and new, to pull on the musical and creative threads that join us all together. From sharing the love of those songs that get right to your soul, to the joy and pain of parenthood and family, or facing down discrimination and channelling that energy into something good. Recorded on the road, or remotely from his home in Bakersfield, California, crossing time zones and continents, these are conversations to inspire. Join Gregory for The Hang. Bring it in! 

Episodes

Elvis Costello's Optimism

Elvis Costello is working on his 7th stage musical; none of his previous 6 got made yet he still sees their value, remaining optimistic and enthusiastic. Elvis connected remotely with Gregory in September 2020, bringing tales of Liverpool, London and family life from British Columbia. He traces the origins of his sound, absorbing music from all around, whether it was Dusty Springfield or Curtis Mayfield, unravelling how they helped create the singer-songwriter he is today.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/01/211h 4m

Rufus Wainwright's Legacy

Thrust into music from the get-go, Rufus Wainwright delves into the larger than life characters that influence him, from Joni Mitchell, to Randy Newman and of course, his own parents. Recorded in October 2020 from their respective homes in California, Gregory and Rufus share a collective sorrow of President Trump’s legacy of hatred towards certain communities yet remain optimistic about America healing. Along the way they talk about sharing beloved childhood films with their own kids and the joy that comes when the love is shared.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/2149m 55s

The Grace Of Nubya Garcia

Growing up in a music-rich family, stepped in the multiculturism of London’s Camden community, has inspired multi-instrumentalist Nubya Garcia to create her own brand of music. She tells Gregory how, as a child, experiencing carnival in Trinidad was a game-changer and why she likes to immerse herself in the culture of other countries for weeks at a time, travel-permitting. Hard work and perseverance was instilled in Nubya from a young age and she’s proof why your parents nagging you to practise that musical instrument, is most likely going to be worth it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/01/2157m 52s

Paloma Faith’s Unconventional Upbringing

Singer-songwriter-actor Paloma Faith explains how her mum raised her as an ‘unconventional only child’ which only goes part-way to explain her creatively diverse life. Paloma and Gregory met face-to-face, pre-pandemic, at Universal Music’s HQ to share tales of complicated relationships with their fathers, career insecurities and the joy of discovering jazz and theatre. It was here that the seeds of a future collaboration were planted, as Paloma makes good on her plan to duet with Gregory in 2020, resulting in their recent track Christmas Prayer.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/12/2048m 37s

Channelling Jacob Collier’s Creativity

Childlike curiosity is at the heart of Jacob Collier’s music as the Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist explains the importance of keeping that sense of wonder and fearlessness. Jacob believes that’s key to connecting emotionally in music but, like many of us, has struggled with some of those connections over zoom in 2020. There’s talk of the joy and the surreal of Grammy ceremonies as well as what it’s like when the legendary Quincy Jones enters your creative life.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/12/2056m 1s

Defining Philip Bailey

Earth, Wind & Fire singer-songwriter Philip Bailey digs deep into his past to uncover the roots of his creativity. Raised by women, Philip recalls being inspired by female singers such as Dionne Warwick, whose influence can be heard in his distinctive falsetto. Recorded in the summer of 2020, moments of raw grief are exposed as Gregory confronts the recent death of his brother to Covid-19, and they muse on the healing powers of music.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/12/201h 0m

Being Gary Barlow

Determination, hard work and talent have created much success for Gary Barlow, but for years he kept moving, without stopping to properly enjoy it. Gary tells Gregory about how it was only a few years ago that he woke up to that, changed his outlook, and what he’s learnt in doing so. They share tales of touring, songwriting and family and why it’s so important to appreciate life, even the jagged edges.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/12/2040m 18s

John Legend: Defending Love

Love, loss and living are on the agenda as John Legend unpicks his roots and the experiences that have shaped his life so far. John and Gregory catch up from their respective homes in California days after Joe Biden has been declared the President-elect of the United States; they reflect on a divided country and the need to defend democracy. Plus, they share tales of music, family, hope and the strength to overcome grief in a year that’s brought sorrow for so many.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/12/2056m 23s

Brittany Howard's Truth

Brittany Howard opens up about why she’s always felt as if she were an outsider. Speaking to Gregory from Nashville, they share tales of loss and discrimination and what you do when it seems as if you simply don’t fit in. A musical trailblazer, Brittany shakes off any preconceptions about who others think she should be, and instead, tells them who she is.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/11/2057m 27s

Holding On With Disclosure

Hoooooold! Gregory kicks off S2 with his friend and collaborator Howard Lawrence of Disclosure. They unravel the mystery of where tunes originate, needing to walk barefoot in nature and hanging out with Sam Smith. Brotherly love runs deep for both Gregory and Howard; they discuss holding on to that sibling relationship, as Gregory shares the pain of recently losing his brother to Covid-19.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/11/201h 2m

The Hang Season 2 Teaser

You’re all invited as Gregory Porter hangs out with famous friends, old and new, to pull on the musical and creative threads that join us all together. From sharing the love of those songs that get right to your soul, to the joy and pain of parenthood and family, or facing down discrimination and channelling that energy into something good. Recorded on the road, or remotely from his home in Bakersfield, California, crossing time zones and continents, these are conversations to inspire. Join Gregory for The Hang. Bring it in!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/11/201m 36s

Episode 10: Celeste’s Poetry, Parents And Pudding

Season 1 finale! Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross come up early in the conversation between Gregory and singer Celeste, as they meet on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. Influences of the greats loom large as the pair also share the influence of their parents and grandparents on the voices they now share with the world through music. Navigating the tricky waters of putting relationships into a song come up for discussion, as does the joy (or not) of that oh-so-British roast dinner favourite, Yorkshire pudding. Yum.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/10/1939m 2s

Episode 9: Gilles Peterson’s Music Break-Out

Global DJ and broadcaster Gilles Peterson has been sharing his passion for music ever since that fateful day when he threw out his train set in the shed, and installed turntables instead. Over a cup of tea in Cheltenham, he and Gregory swap stories of soul and jazz, from joyful moments of 12-hour DJ sets in Japan, to preserving mental health on tour. Their common ground is the search for a sound to dance to, and how the perfect combination of songs can elevate all those listening.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/10/1951m 22s

Episode 8: Don Was' Power Plays

Blue Note President and Producer Don Was shares soulful stories at Gregory’s home in Bakersfield, California about being The Rolling Stones go-to guy and bucking music trends with Bonnie Raitt. As friends and work colleagues, Don and Gregory go deep on the majesty and mystery that comes with creating music, and how it can pull you through the darkest days.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/09/1951m 47s

Episode 7: Giles Terera’s Roar For Representation

Hamilton’s Giles Terera settles in for a conversation that winds back to his start in British theatre acting alongside Sophie Okonedo, to the effect of portraying Sammy Davis. Jr on stage before becoming Aaron Burr in the UK original cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical epic. Over a quintessentially British gin-and-tonic at London’s Hotel Café Royal, Gregory and Giles shoot the breeze about their complex cultural history and how it’s shaped the performers they are today.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/09/1949m 16s

Episode 6: Jamie Cullum's Quest for Imperfection

Singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum hangs out with Gregory at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival as the friends reminisce about late-night jam sessions and finding your true voice in the music biz. They mull over how and when success strikes, and why it's sometimes better to let imperfections shine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/09/1948m 53s

Episode 5: Amma Asante And The Ultimate Love Story

BAFTA-winning film director Amma Asante hangs with Gregory at London's Café Royal. They compare experiences of being in mixed-race relationships: "the stares", "the judgement" and worse. The conversation also takes in slavery and bereavement. But ultimately, it's the optimism of love that wins.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/09/1947m 35s

Episode 4: Charlotte Gainsbourg's Chateau

Singer and Independence Day actor Charlotte Gainsbourg invites Gregory to LA's legendary Chateau Marmont hotel. They pull up chairs poolside and discuss Glastonbury vs Coachella, movies vs music, mixed-race relationships, and the huge influence of her father Serge.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/08/1937m 4s

Episode 3: Annie Lennox’s Blues

Sweet dreams are made of this... Annie Lennox invites Gregory to her mountaintop retreat in Spain, where the two explore what it means to be an outsider. Soul music looms large in both of their childhoods, connecting 1950s Scotland and 1980s California. Annie reveals how Gregory’s song Hey Laura moves her to tears, before singing a stunning version of her own.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/08/191h 6m

Episode 2: Kamasi Washington vs. The Haters

Gregory hangs on LA's Sunset Strip with jazz and hip hop giant Kamasi Washington. They bond over growing up black in LA, learning to perform in church and a love of Biggie Smalls. And when it comes to dealing with criticism, envy and hate? They agree that the only answer is love.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/08/1953m 13s

Episode 1: Jeff Goldblum's Lucky Break

For his very first podcast, Gregory sits down with Jeff Goldblum, star of The Fly, Jurassic Park and countless other movie classics. Jeff's also doing pretty well as a musician in his own right these days, but it turns out Gregory had a hand in this new career move. And talking of hands, things get kind of steamy when Jeff notices Gregory's fine fingernails...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/08/1954m 49s

The Hang with Gregory Porter - Trailer

Gregory Porter invites old and new friends to hang out, talk and even sing about their roots. These intimate conversations cover music and art, family and food, celebrity mishaps and facing down discrimination. Taking time out wherever he is on his travels, he catches up with musicians, actors and directors to share stories about everything that life throws at us. Join Gregory for The Hang. Bring it in!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/07/192m 11s
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