Local Jazz Legend Gregory Porter Honored at State Capitol
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) was joined by leaders from the Central Valley and the Legislative Latino and Black Caucuses to recognize one of California’s most distinguished vocalists and jazz artists, Gregory Porter from Bakersfield. Mr. Porter was honored with an official resolution, which recognized his remarkable talents, as well as his support of charitable activities throughout the state.
“It is a privilege to recognize a local legend like Gregory Porter for his amazing work,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Not only has Mr. Porter made a positive impression on millions of fans, but he has participated in charitable performances throughout the state which have helped improve our communities. I would like to thank Mr. Porter for his contributions to California and for serving as an inspiration for those in our community.”
Growing up in Bakersfield, Gregory Porter was raised by a mother who was a minister. Mr. Porter was inspired by Nat King Cole while listening to his mother’s record collection. Through these experiences, Mr. Porter was able to learn how to sing and imitate some of the early jazz legends.
Gregory Porter rose to fame in 2010 with his unique brand of jazz, soul, and gospel. Mr. Porter when on to win two Grammy awards and has been nominated six times.
“It has been a wonderful experience to receive recognition from the State Assembly,” said Gregory Porter. “I would like to thank Assemblymember Salas and his colleagues for presenting me with an honorary resolution which recognizes the positive impact that music can have on strengthening the fabric of our communities and our state as a whole.”
Throughout his career, Mr. Porter has participated in various charitable performances benefiting civic and philanthropic efforts. Mr. Porter has played multiple charity shows in Bakersfield that have benefited groups like Habitat for Humanity, local schools like the Agapeland Christian Academy, Amnesty International and House of Ruth, a local church that helps the homeless and drug addicted. His talents as a singer and musician, as well as his dedication to his community, has garnered him the respect of fans and musical professionals throughout California.
Assemblymember Salas was joined by his colleagues Assemblymember Vince Fong, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, Assemblymember Shirley Weber, Senator Shannon Grove, and Senator Melissa Hurtado in honoring Mr. Porter.
Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.