Grayson Hugh

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American singer-songwriter, pianist, Hammond B3 organ player and composer, born in Hartford, Connecticut, USA:
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Grayson Hugh Discography Tracks

Albums

NTN1219 Grayson Hugh - Grayson Hugh album art Grayson Hugh Grayson Hugh(LP) One Of Nineteen Records NTN1219 US 1981 Sell This Version
Grayson Hugh - Blind To Reason album art Grayson Hugh Blind To Reason (Album) BMG Music US 1988 Sell This Version
Grayson Hugh - Road To Freedom album art Grayson Hugh Road To Freedom (Album) MCA Records Canada 1991 Sell This Version
none Grayson Hugh - An American Record album art Grayson Hugh An American Record(CD, Album) Swamp Yankee Records none USA & Canada 2010 Sell This Version
none Grayson Hugh - Back To The Soul album art Grayson Hugh Back To The Soul(CD, Album) Swamp Yankee Records none US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Grayson Hugh - Talk It Over album art Grayson Hugh Talk It Over (Single) RCA Victor, BMG Arista / Ariola Limited US 1988 Sell This Version
Grayson Hugh - Tears Of Love album art Grayson Hugh Tears Of Love (Single) RCA US 1988 Sell This Version
Grayson Hugh - How 'Bout Us album art Grayson Hugh How 'Bout Us (Single) RCA US 1989 Sell This Version
Grayson Hugh - How 'Bout Us album art Grayson Hugh And Betty Wright Grayson Hugh And Betty Wright - How 'Bout Us (Single) RCA UK 1989 Sell This Version
9093-7-R Grayson Hugh - Bring It All Back album art Grayson Hugh Bring It All Back(7", Single) RCA 9093-7-R Canada 1989 Sell This Version
Col 4726 Grayson Hugh - Talk It Over / Waiting For A Star To Fall album art Grayson Hugh / Boy Meets Girl Grayson Hugh / Boy Meets Girl - Talk It Over / Waiting For A Star To Fall(7", Single) Collectables Col 4726 US Unknown Sell This Version

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October 15, 2010
"Grayson Hugh - Soul In The Suburbs" (Review for"Blind To Reason")

Irony fans, please note: The soul man is a dinosaur in delcline, right? Al Green went and got religion, Dennis Edwards is in exile from The Temptations again and, let's face it, Luther Vandross is way too cool to sweat.
So who's left to save the genre? Some down-and-dirty black powerhouse who grew up in a suburb of Hell, singing in the local church? Not quite. He's a white guy from a suburb of Hartford, Connecticut. And the first time he was ever in a black church and saw somebody whip out a tambourine, he jumped a mile. Meet Grayson Hugh and the music he likes to call "poetry with an attitude".
"That's sort of a phrase I've come up with that seems to describe my music", he says. "It's loud and it's a little audacious and it's moody and it's in the setting of a band playing live. It's not just a beat with empty words."
Nothing empty about Hugh's brilliant debut album, "Blind To Reason". The single "Talk It Over" is a smooth, deftly executed Sam Cooke reprise; the album's title track is brutal, raw dog blues. Nothing empty about his resume, either. The gravel-voiced 31-year-old grew up with the prerequisite love for black music. Unlike so many other "blue-eyed" soul men, though, he followed the music to its spawning ground, walking in "audaciously" to apply for a job as pianist at a little black church.
"Y'know", he says, "the first few times I played people were a little amazed to see me, being the only white and really young. But after two or three Sundays I remember this woman, the mother of one of the singers, got up and just said, in the middle of the service, 'I know this boy is doing something a little different, but he sound okay to me'".
Of course, after nine months they fired him, Hugh says, because "they really wanted an all-black church."
He survived. And roughly a decade later Hugh is back with a debut album that serves notice: Of the currently active soul men, he is, arguably, the best in class. It's hard to improve on what the woman said: Yeah, he's doing something a little different, but he sounds okay to me.
- Leonard Pitts, Jr., Musician Magazine, Nov. 1989

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