Gregory Abbott

Gregory Abbott

Gregory Abbott, born in 1954 in New York, traces his roots back to Venezuela, his mother's homeland, and Antigua, his father's. During his early years, Abbott's mother taught him how to play piano and encouraged him to develop vocally. His practice paid off when, at the age of 8, he sang in the St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir which recorded an album and performed on television.

Abbott majored in psychology during college with a minor in music and dramatic arts and earned a masters in music and dramatic arts. To help pay for college, Abbott created a band and played local gigs, helping to develop his musical style.

After graduating, Abbott taught English at the University of Berkeley but he couldn't shake his love for music. He decided to become a professional musician, build his own studio and to develop skills as a singer, guitarist, composer and producer.

One of Abbott's first opportunities in his studio was an album for an independent label, which gave him the opportunity to do a duet with Whitney Houston. Continuing on, Abbott produced for the group EQ on Atlantic Records.

In 1986, Abbott released his first solo album, Shake You Down. The title-track for the album was a massive success, going gold and topping the Hot 100. The album's second single, 'I Got The Feelin (It's Over)' which reached #5 on the R&B charts. With the strength of its singles, the album propelled to platinum status and earned Abbot several awards.

Abbott was well-known for his sophistication and style. He appeared in numerous magazine layouts, including a six-page fashion spread in Playboy. He also was featured as one of the ten sexiest male recording artists in Playgirl.

Internationally, Abbott carried much success, winning first prize at the Tokyo Music Festival. The title track of his second album, I'll Prove It To You which was released in 1988, was so liked in Japan that it was featured on a movie soundtrack. In Belgium, he performed with Princess Stephanie of Monaco and in Portugal, he would do interviews in their own language.

Abbott's third album featured this international vive and was titled One World! It had a heavy Caribbean influence and was a tribute to his parents.

Since then, Abbott has released the international albums, Eyes, Whispers, Rhythm, Sex... and Dancing In The Inner Realm... in 2000 and 2005 respectively. Rhyme and Reason, Abbott's latest effort, was released in 2006.