Grayson Hugh & Polly Messer

Grayson Hugh & Polly Messer

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Internationally-known RCA & MCA Records Singer/ Songwriter/Keyboardist Grayson Hugh has received two gold records and critical acclaim from around the world. His voice, piano and Hammond B3 playing have earned him the term "natural born soul man" & his songs "sheer poetry".

Biography

Grayson Hugh moved to New York in 1987 and was signed in that year as a singer/songwriter to RCA Records. His first album BLIND TO REASON (RCA 1988) went gold in Australia and The U.S. and generated international critical acclaim. The album garnered several Top Forty hits, including TALK IT OVER, BRING IT ALL BACK and his remake of the soul classic HOW BOUT US, a duet with Betty Wright. His voice has been described as a modern day Sam Cooke-meets Otis Redding, with songs of moving and poetic lyrics. He toured the U.S. and overseas with his own band from the late eighties through the nineties. His second album ROAD TO FREEDOM (MCA '92) was called one of the year's top ten albums by Billboard Magazine. Three of his songs from this record were featured in major motion pictures. I CAN'T UNTIE YOU FROM ME and DON'T LOOK BACK were featured in the 1991 hit film THELMA & LOUISE. Grayson's gospel arrangement of Bob Dylan's I'LL REMEMBER YOU was the end title song for the film FRIED GREEN TOMATOES. On this song Hugh used members of Eric Clapton's band to back him up. Hugh toured in support of this record for several years before accepting a position as a teacher of songwriting at Berklee College Of Music in Boston. An eagerly-awaited record, his first record in fifteen years, is due to be released in 2009. Grayson married Polly Messer in August 2008. Polly was Hugh's former backup singer in the early eighties and also sang with the well-known swing band Eight To The Bar from 1977 to 1983. She was also voted Connecticut's Best Female Vocalist in 1981 by The Connecticut Music Awards. Currently, Grayson is performing his songs in an intimate, acoustic setting, backed up by his wife Polly on vocals.

Discography

LP: GRAYSON HUGH (Nineteen Records 1980)
LP: BLIND TO REASON (RCA Records 1988)
LP: ROAD TO FREEDOM (MCA Records 1992)
LP: Guest Vocalist on CAB CALLOWAY STANDS IN FOR THE MOON (AMERICAN CLAVE RECORDS 1987, Kip Hanrahan, Producer)
LP: Guest Vocalist on SHE WAS ONLY A GROCER'S DAUGHTER (The Blow Monkeys, RCA RECORDS 1987)
LP: Guest Vocalist on CASHMERE DREAMS (Fernando Saunders, GRUDGE RECORDS 1989)
LP: Guest Vocalist/Pianist on HIDING OUT IN PLAIN SIGHT (Caroline Doctorow, ELBA RECORDS 1993)
LP: Guest Vocalist on NIGHTLIFE (Jeff Golub, RHINO RECORDS 1997)
SINGLES: TALK IT OVER (U.S. and International Hit 1989 still played on radio.)
BRING IT ALL BACK (U.S. and International Hit 1989 still played on radio.)
HOW BOUT US (U.S. and International Hit 1990 featured in the film TRUE LOVE in 1990 and still played on radio.)
YOU FINALLY FOUND A FRIEND (R&B Hit 1990, featured in Itunes)
SOUL CAT GIRL (Rock Hit 1992, 1rst single from ROAD TO FREEDOM, video featured on Itunes and still played on radio.)
I'LL REMEMBER YOU (R&B/Pop Hit 1993, 2nd single from ROAD TO FREEDOM, featured on Itunes)

Set List

Grayson and Polly do a selection of his hits along with newer material from his upcoming record and from his large library of original songs. Shows are usually comprised of two hour-long sets, with an intermission, depending on the venue.