The jazz artist Gregory Porter, who turned to singing when an injury ended his football career, claims three people as his main influences: his minister mother, his absentee father, and Nat King Cole. He discusses his musical life and the album Liquid Spirit with NPR's Audie Cornish.You can read more about Porter, and see a video of Porter singing on the New York City subway here.
The songwriter and producer — up for Grammys and an Oscar — breaks down his three-step writing process, recalls his history in Virginia Beach with Chad Hugo and Teddy Riley, and says anybody can do what he does.
This year saw a much-ballyhooed reissue of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. Virtually ignored was a reissue of the 1969 album Then Play On, Peter Green's last LP with the band. The recording signaled a spiritual quest already in progress.
The alt-country artist had been living in his truck when he began working on the song that would win him an Oscar. "You just can't muscle your way through some things in life," he says. "You just have to keep your head on your shoulders and dance with it as you go."
One of the most influential electronic producers in the world, Moroder spent 2013 back in the spotlight. Here, he discusses his work with Daft Punk and Donna Summer, the return of disco and the rise of the DJ.
A new generation is looking to dominate Jamaica's music scene with a fresh take on an old-school sound. NPR's Baz Dreisinger looks further into the musical resurgence and the artists leading the charge.
Carlos Santana was recently reunited with one of the original members of his band. Conga player Marcus "The Magnificent" Malone was discovered homeless on the streets of Oakland by KRON-TV reporter Stanley Roberts. NPR's Jennifer Ludden speaks with Roberts about how he came upon Malone and facilitated a reunion with Santana.
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