Gregory Douglass

Gregory Douglass

 Los Angeles, California, USA
SoloAlternativeAdult Contemporary

According to Pandora's founder, Tim Westergren, Gregory Douglass is one of the top independent artists on Pandora radio today. His recent spotlight on NPR's "Morning Edition" has coined him "one of New England's best-kept secrets." Gregory Douglass' evocative, alternative sound blends "Rufus Wainwright´s opulent musicality and Justin Timberlake´s accessible soulfulness," according to OUT Magazine.

Biography

Gregory Douglass' evocative, alternative sound blends "Rufus Wainwright´s opulent musicality and Justin Timberlake´s accessible soulfulness," according to OUT Magazine. A Vermont native and Los Angeles transplant, Douglass has been coined "One of New England's best-kept secrets," by NPR’s Morning Edition and has shared the stage with the likes of Jason Mraz, Regina Spektor, They Might Be Giants, Shawn Colvin, and The Weepies to name a few. 

An internationally renowned musician with eight critically acclaimed albums under his belt, Douglass has paved his own way to his successful independent career and is one of the top independent artists on Pandora radio today. Douglass has sold 100,000+ songs digitally on his own, his videos have amounted to nearly 1 million views on YouTube alone, and his music videos have charted numerous times on MTV Network's LOGO TV.  Douglass’ work ethic becomes apparent based on these factors alone, not to mention in the passion and finesse he puts into all his recorded works.

In addition to his on-stage collaborations, Douglass has recorded with fellow Vermonters Grace Potter (Hollywood Records) and Anaïs Mitchell (Righteous Babe Records) among others. His upcoming record My Hero, The Enemy is his most prolific work to date with writing born after the emotional collapse of 15 years as a touring artist. Realizing that what he once called a “fierce independence,” Douglass recognized as isolating and self-limiting choices. Amid this epiphany, Douglass found a glimmer of hope in new collaborations and some of his best writing yet to propel his music yet another step further in the world.

“This new album is the most deeply personal account of my years in music so far,” says Douglass. “It’s also an ode to being a creative person in the age of information, and what a blessing and a curse it can be. At the same time, I would argue that every song on My Hero, The Enemy explores the dichotomy of such emotional struggles, and attempts to expose the underlying truth behind many of life's misconceptions.”

While My Hero, The Enemy showcases the emotional turmoil of creativity, it also keeps Douglass’ relentless hope and happiness in his life alive.

Lyrics

Hard

Written By: Gregory Douglass

God, take this canopy away from me, I need to reaquaint the sky,
we’ve done our best and so I’m leaving, ‘cause it’s my life it’s my life.

I know it’s hard enough to figure out what’s right and what’s a waste of time, just like how easy it can be to hold on to a lie.

I know everything is going to work out fine, I’ve been waiting for this day all this time, you’ve done everything that you could do,
but floating is just a waste of my foolish pride.

I’ll miss you hard enough to hide it,
I need you hard enough to try,
I love you hard enough to move on.

Believe me when I say I need this,
I’m sick and tired of this place,
believe me when you see the likes of it, or just the look on my face.

I Wanted To Run

Written By: Gregory Douglass

First they build you up,
then they knock you down.
Any way they can,
any way they know how.
See you standing there
in your Hollywood dream.
In a land where nothing's
really what it seems.

I wanted to run
but i guess that my fate’s
just not ready to go.

Public enemy
in the nick of time.
Different symphony
for a different time.
Everybody loves
everything you do.
Everybody wants to be
just like you.

Save your soul,
don’t let go.
Build your home
on your own.
Don’t be sold.

Upside Down

Written By: Gregory Douglass

show me another revolution
I know there must be a better resolution
and all the children at war with good intentions
for all the reasons inside that no one mentions
go on, go on, let the radio lie
go on, go on, all together

this world is hung over swinging upside down
and it seems to be hanging over me right now
this world is hung over swinging upside down
I think I’ve had enough by now
I think I’ve had enough by now

lets take another piece of heaven
along with all the kings soldiers in the kingdom
and send them rageing far off into the distance
with no real hope for a future of existance
go on, go on, let the radio lie
go on, go on all together

Hang Around

Written By: Gregory Douglass

free falling oh now where do i begin
free falling ‘till the birds forget to sing
but i found you in a crowd of anguish
standing on a solid ground
so true like you’re holding onto something
like you’ve been in love with me for centuries
singing hang around for me
you’ve got to hang around for me
if i’m gonna hang around for you
much better now lets take a look around
much better now as if i’m fine somehow
since i found you like a riddle answered
over the divine brigade
what was all the pain for
well, hell if i know
and how much do i have in store
hell if i know now i just don’t know

Who Knows

Written By: Gregory Douglass

if you think life is a road going nowhere than turn around turn around turn around
i think that people are worthy of their dreams but who knows
if you think life is a road headed nowhere than turn around turn around turn around
i think that truth is our only companion but who knows
do you find you are lost and you can’t make your way
through the alleys and corridors
and you always come back to the menacing fact
you are backwards and forwards and baffled and dazed and all wrong
if you think god is a great man in the sky don’t hold your breath honey don’t hold your breath
i think the answers are always around us but who knows
if you think love is a chance you have wasted don’t fold just yet honey don’t fold just yet
i think the last laugh will be had on you instead

Sail The Sea

Written By: Gregory Douglass

well she wanted to be with me
but she wanted to sail the sea
and make her grandfather proud
the way her father did in 1960

well she wanted to be with me
but she wanted to sail the sea
so she took all my love and money
and left me here in my misery

so don’t tell me how it’s gonna be all right
so don’t tell me how it’s gonna be all right
you don’t know a damn thing about my life
so why don’t you sit down and listen

like I said she wanted to be with me
but she wanted to sail the sea
and drown the weight of the world
beneath the blanket of the atlantic sea

well she wanted to be with me
but she wanted to sail the sea
so she never came back to me
and that’s all there is to that story

we go dreaming & dreaming
& dreaming until we wake up . . .

Witness Of Us

Written By: Gregory Douglass

Witness Of Us
by Gregory Douglass

Leave the candle burning bright
This long awaited night
So we can set things right.

Now it’s out of our control
And it’s tearing up my soul
So lets just let this go.

Love should never seem this sad
Let a love like this grow bad
From all the times we’ve had.

Now it’s out of our control
And I think we both know
The way that we must go.

Oh my love leave me a witness of us
Remember the love we shared that you use to call home
Oh my love leave me a witness of us
Leave me with more than just a shadow on the wall.

You are everything to me
And you will always be
So won’t you set me free?

Now it’s out of our control
A love that once was whole
Is suddenly no more.

Discography

Gregory Douglass, "Battler" (2009)
Gregory Douglass, "Up & Away" (2006)
Gregory Douglass, "Stark" (2005)
Gregory Douglass, "Pseudo-Rotary" (2003)
Gregory Douglass, "Teeter" (2001)
Gregory Douglass, "Gregory Douglass" (2000)
Greg Douglass, "If I Were A Man" (1998)

Set List

SAMPLE 1 HOUR SET:

Broken Through
Sail The Sea
Hang Around
Day Of The Battler
Stay
Who Knows
Welcome Back
Sadly
The Story* (Brandi Carlile)
Dry
Harlequin
No Apology
Hard