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New York, NY (April 14, 2017) – Tony and Grammy award winning artist Billy Porter’s new album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rogers is available in stores and online today. Already landing on the charts, the album is ranked #2 on the iTunes R&B chart and is ranked #40 overall. Produced by Bee & El and Sony Masterworks Broadway, the album features soulful takes on classic Richard Rodgers songs including solos and duets from an assortment of special guest artists. Porter teamed up with talents like Tony and Grammy Award winners Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton) and Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton), Tony Award-winner Patina Miller (Pippin), Grammy Award winners Pentatonix and India.Arie, among others to round out the tracks for this project. The album marks Porter’s fourth studio album, he also serves as producer and content curator, with collaborators James Sampliner and Michael “Lofey” Sandlofer.
In celebration of the release of the album, Porter is participating in an AOL Build series conversation with Laura Heywood where he will discuss the origins of the album, his inspiration in its creation, and what he is most excited about as it hits the stands. The AOL Build conversation will be available to the public by live streaming from the BUILD series app or online at http://www.aol.com/build beginning at 5pm ET.
On Monday, April 17th, Porter will host a special appearance at Barnes and Noble on the Upper East Side of Manhattan at 150 East 86th Street. He will do a special performance of a selection of songs from the album including the duet “Carefully Taught” ft. India.Arie, who will also be in attendance. Following the performance, there will be a CD signing.
Billy Porter is a Tony Award and Grammy Award winning singer, composer, actor, playwright and director from Pittsburgh, PA. As a recording artist, Porter’s solo albums include his first CD, Untitled, on A&M records, At the Corner of Broadway + Soul – LIVE on Sh-K-Boom Records, and Billy’s Back on Broadway, on Concord Records. He originated the role of ‘Lola’ in the Broadway hit Kinky Boots, which won him 2013 Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Other theatre: Shuffle Along, Miss Saigon, Five Guys…, Grease, Smokey Joe’s…, Dreamgirls, Angels in America, The Merchant of Venice, Radiant Baby, Birdie Blue, Songs for a New World, Ghetto Superstar (one-man show), Topdog/Underdog, King Lear. His play, While I Yet Live, premiered in 2015 at Primary Stages. As a director, his credits include Topdog/Underdog and The Colored Museum (both for Huntington Theatre Company); Film/TV: “Law & Order: SVU,” “So You Think You Can Dance” (as a guest judge), “The Broken Hearts Club,” “Shake Rattle & Roll,” “The Big C,” The Humbling, starring Al Pacino, Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down. Porter’s concerts credits include opening act for Rosie O’Donnell and Aretha Franklin, Carnegie Hall, John McDaniel and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, as well as The Buffalo Philharmonic, Peter Nero and The Philly Pops, soloist for President Bill Clinton and various benefits throughout the United States. Sony Music Masterworks comprises the imprints Sony Classical, Masterworks, OKeh, Portrait, Flying Buddha and Masterworks Broadway. Our artists range from icons to newly developing talents in classical, crossover and adult music, plus new and legendary jazz artists, as well as a vast catalog of musical theatre recordings including classic Broadway shows and original cast albums of today’s Broadway hits, most recently Kinky Boots, Once, If/Then and An American In Paris.