Gregory Douglass | Up & Away

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Up & Away

by Gregory Douglass

Evocative Pop
Genre: Pop: Piano
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1. Light Don't Shine
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2. Sentimental Fury
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3. Living
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4. Hang Around
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5. Annabelle
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6. Into The Sunset
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7. Who Knows
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8. See You Cry
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9. There She Goes
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10. Don't Get Caught
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11. Up & Away
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Gregory Douglass possesses the voice of an angel - an angel in league with a devil, who conspires to seduce you with beauty." -Pamela Polston, Seven Days

Gregory Douglass is an undeniable, pure talent. With 5 critically acclaimed, independent CDs under his belt, 25-year old Douglass delivers the songwriting skills of an "old soul" and "the voice of an angel" (Seven Days). His evocative amalgamation of contemporary folk, pop, and rock have been compared to Tori Amos, Jeff Buckley, Patty Griffin & Rufus Wainwright. Douglass’ numerous accolades include being a finalist for both the 2005 International Songwriting Competition and the 2004 Independent Music Awards; he was the winner of the 2003 GrammyFest Awards in New York City, as well as the inaugural performer on the American Red Cross "Save A Life Tour” in 2003. Douglass actively appears at listening rooms, clubs, festivals, and on campuses throughout the U.S., and has co-billed with They Might Be Giants, India Arie, Jason Mraz, Melissa Ferrick and many others. Douglass’ debut music video for
“I Wanted To Run,” produced by Haverstick Films, recently aired on LOGO TV’s NewNowNext.

In November 2006, Douglass releases his sixth studio record Up & Away, immediately following the critical acclaim of his 2005 Stark release. Up & Away adorns a retrospective of Douglass’ life thus far, from the confessional chant-like opening track, “Light Don’t Shine” to the epic finale, “Up & Away,” declaring that “every new song seems an answer to prayers disregarded & undermined / oh what a life.” The sullen “Into The Sunset” summons it’s inspiration from the motion picture Brokeback Mountain, brooding over “a promise untouched by forces unknown to lovers.” Up & Away evokes a kinship in production to Douglass’ earlier releases, Teeter and Pseudo-Rotary but poses the secure sense of maturity that was introduced in his latest Stark release. “I wanted to really capitalize on my love for harmonies in this record as I had yet to do so; that’s the real signature for this one in my opinion,” says Douglass.

Douglass was born and raised in rural Vermont, winning local talent shows in his early teens. He taught himself to play the piano & guitar and began writing his own songs during junior high. While attending Brewster Academy, a college-prep boarding high school in New Hampshire, Douglass composed and recorded the material for his first two albums. On graduation day, the schools’ Headmaster presented him with a music award publicly announcing that Gregory was the first student he would ever encourage NOT to go to college, advice that convinced him to immediately pursue music full-time. Today, Douglass has firmly established himself as a serious musical talent nation wide.

With only six years of personal experience, Douglass has mastered the art of grassroots promotion with the help of his fan base. His last three recording efforts were financed almost entirely by the support of his fans pre-ordering records and contributing donations directly through his website. House Concerts hosted also by fans make up a large portion of his national touring. “As a full-time independent artist, it is important to come up with intimate, new ways to remind people your still there,” Douglass proclaims.


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Kevin

Great music, great lyrics, great vocals!!!!
What a surprise! Gregory Douglass is definitely an artist that should be up there with today's best singer/songwriters. Up and Away is a beautiful blend of REAL music. We need more artists like this!!

Just a Fan

He is amazing
I believe that Greg is an inspiration as well as a great representation of what vermont artists are all about! His lyrics heal, empower and aid broken hearts, minds and spirits! All that can be said is bravo, I followed my heart and got caught in his music!

Glenn

Wow!
My partner received this CD in a gift bag, and, not knowing who Gregory Douglass was, passed it onto me. I had never heard of Gregory before, either. Then one day I was doing some work and had this CD on in the background when I heard the last minute of "Living." I was floored when I heard the vocals! This is an artist who knows how to use his voice in service of the song, not just to show off (are you listening, Christina and Beyonce?). Then I heard the next track, "Hang Around." I have not stopped listening to that gorgeous song! Then came "Annabelle," "See You Cry," and "Up & Away" -all winners. What a gorgeous CD! I can't believe I stumbled onto this artist! I hope his other CDs are as good (there's probably a reason why they are out of stock). Great CD!

Michael D. Dowdy

Up & Away: An Fantastic Music Cd
Georgory Douglas is an most an amazing singer with powerful and romantic baritone vocals.

Up & Away is an fantastic cd full of great songs.

Gregory Lewis

quality music
Up and Away is a beautiful quality collection of music. Gregory Douglass is an artist, truly. The lyrics are thoughtful and provoking and Douglass delivers them in exceptional form!!!!

Barry

Great to listen to real music and really good lyrics.
I found Gregory's music on MySpace and had to purchase the CD. It's refreshing to hear someone with such amazing musical and lyrical talent.

Collected Sounds

I love it
I had been warned that this would be quite different from 'Stark'. Loving that one, I wasn't sure what to expect. But yes, he has outdone himself.

These songs seem to have a more melodic and distinct feel that previous ones. The rhythms are really varied and the melodies intricate. He also branches out stylistically.

This is a fantastic record. Whether you're a seasoned Gregory Douglass fan or a newcomer, you should reward yourself with this album.

Thomas Raniszewski, Entertainment Editor, Out In Jersey Magazine

The best from him yet.
I've really been enjoying Up and Away this past week. Gregory's voice has never sounded better. The quality of this album in terms of songwriting as well as production is outstanding!

Larry the Wine Guy

Gregory is the freshest voice in music to come
Gregory is the freshest voice in music to come along in a while. With the resurgence of the singer/songwriter, he is at the front of the pack.

Jed Ryan, PM Entertainment Magazine

GREGORY DOUGLASS: Up and Away
GREGORY DOUGLASS: "Up and Away"

"Up and Away" is the sixth album from Vermont-based singer-songwriter Gregory Douglass. The first thing that grabs us about this young artist are his vocal chords. Douglass' voice has a sophistication and worldliness that are clearly beyond his years. It soon becomes clear that Douglass' unique, versatile "vox" is the calling card for this prolific musician, whether he's emoting raw, quietly heartfelt honesty in "See You Cry" or cosmopolitan coolness in "Living". He knows how to hit those high notes. The album's opening track, "Light Don't Shine", features Douglass singing with a certain degree of restraint, giving the song (ostensibly about life's inspirations and motivations) a rather ethereal, dreamy, occasionally brooding aspect. It's an aura which this accomplished musician (In addition to singing, he plays keyboard and guitar on the album.) knows how to create. Next up is "Sentimental Fury". A song entitled "Sentimental Fury" had better have a sound that's as fiery as its title, and this one delivers: "I am the root of all your worries, I am the pain in all your glory; I am your sentimental fury, I am the monster of your story; I am the sick inside your remedy...". The song boasts a more aggressive beat and equally aggressive vocalizations by Douglass, and the listener also gets to hear some impressive high notes and equally impressive musical peaks. During this song, Douglass' keyboard work really seems to take on a life of its own. "Living", the third track, features an infectious hook, smooth grooves, and dynamic vocals-- and it's about by this time into "Up and Away" that we first realize that the album's title is appropriate. Gregory's music really does, at the risk of sounding cliched, "take you places", a claim that many other artists aspire to but may or may not deliver. "Hang Around" also gives the listener some impressive notes, while the next track, "Annabelle", plays it straight. Opening with a classically simplistic keyboard piece and featuring an interlude with violins, "Annabelle" keeps the background music to a minimum, preferring to showcase Douglass' vocals. Later on in the album, "See You Cry" also highlights Douglass' vocal range just as well. "Who Knows" has Douglass adopting a bolder, slightly more confrontational delivery-- with music to match-- which the listener will surely appreciate. (In other words, the song has attitude!) "There She Goes" has a darker beat, and Douglass sings it with a welcome dose of abandon. Douglass saves the title track, "Up and Away", for the finale-- and it's an appropriately elevating, inspiring send-off.

It's clear that Gregory Douglass' music has a lot of influences. "Up and Away" evokes the coolness of jazz with a good amount of heat, and the easy-on-the-ears quality of lounge music with just a touch of bite. However, there's no shortage of, shall we say, twenty-something angst... as well as enough musical intricacies to inspire the listener throughout the album. Intentionally or not, even with the creative lyrics about Douglass' world and the colorful characters in it, this young artist leaves an aura of mystery about himself, which is a rarity with many independent musicians who often "let it all hang out" in their music. We may have to wait until Gregory Douglass' next album to really get to know this singer-songwriter on a more personal basis. Music lovers will be waiting patiently!

Jed Ryan
PM Entertainment Magazine
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