Gregory Porter is one of the biggest soul singers of the past decade, and he has the Grammy Awards to prove it.
But one thing you might have noticed about the musician is his distinctive hat.
Why does Gregory Porter wear a hat?
for all their public performances Gregory Wears his now famous hat to cover up the scars from the surgery.
Musicians call the flat cap their “security blanket” and call it their “jazz hat”.
in an interview with Jazz Weekly, the interviewer asked: “What’s with the weird and wonderful hat?”
Gregory replied: “I’ve had some skin surgeries so this has been my look for a while and will be for a while.
“People recognize me by it now. It’s what it is.”
However, he also told the BBC that he wanted to be “less about my hat and more about my heart and my voice”.
What does Gregory say about his famous hat?
talking to Independent Regarding his hat, Gregory said: “I get recognized for hats in airports.
“In the UK, they know me well, but they don’t give me a free pass, I get thoroughly checked and protected.
“There’s been a time or two when I’ve been asked to sing so they know it’s really me.
“When someone in uniform asks you to do something, you are conditioned to do it.”
What type of hat does Gregory Porter wear?
Gregory wears a flat cap called Aa Kangol Summer Spitfire.
The hat has a modified strap that covers its ears and chin.
The hat covers his scar so that he can fall more comfortably in public.
What else do we know about Gregory?
Gregory was born in Sacramento, california, on November 4, 1971 – which makes him 50 years old.
He won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2014 for Liquid Spirit and in 2017 for Take Me to the Alley.
Liquid Spirit was unusually successful for a jazz album, and was certified gold by the BPI – selling over 100,000 units in the UK.
He has been described as “a jazz singer of exciting presence, an emerging baritone with a gift for earthy refinement and soaring regeneration”.