An experienced performer with the songwriting of an "old soul", "the voice of an angel" (Seven Days) and 4 critically acclaimed, independent CDs under his belt, 22-year-old Gregory Douglass is well ahead of his years. Since his 2001 release, Teeter, his career has skyrocketed with increasing interest from the music industry while his independent efforts have produced a solid fan base, a dedicated team, and the foundations for mainstream success.
Douglass passionate amalgamation of contemporary folk, pop, and rock have been compared to Jeff Buckley, Tori Amos, Peter Gabriel, and Bjork, while he has been equally influenced by his love for underground female singer/songwriters. His intense, high energy performances either as a solo acoustic artist or with his full band are consistently solid. The winner of the 2003 GrammyFest in New York City, he currently plays at clubs, festivals, and on campuses throughout the U.S., and was the inaugural performer on the American Red Cross 2003 "Save A Life Tour". He is an active juried artist of the Vermont Arts Council, has toured with They Might Be Giants, and been co-billed with Tracy Chapman, Third Eye Blind, Melissa Ferrick, Martin Sexton, and Michelle Branch to name a few.
A native of Burlington, Vermont, Douglass was raised in a musical family, and was singing before he could speak. By his early teens, he was winning local talent shows, where he was eventually discovered by a producer and hired to record jingles for radio commercials. Inspired by singer/songwriters he was discovering at the time, he taught himself the piano and the guitar and began writing his own songs during junior high. He wrote and recorded the material for his first 2 CDs while attending Brewster Academy, a private boarding high school in New Hampshire. At graduation, the headmaster presented him with a music award, publicly announcing that Douglass was the first student he would ever encourage NOT to go to college; advice that was enough to convince him to pursue music full-time. In four short years, he has acquired a dedicated team consisting of a music attorney, a personal manager, a booking agent, a road manager, a street team coordinator, and a mailing list of thousands. This January, 2004, he will release his fourth studio album, Pseudo-Rotary.
Pseudo-Rotary explores both artificial and cyclical themes with its songwriting and its production. Even the titles of some of its songs refer to lies and facades. Usual Denials poses an "ordinary life-like world / ordinary boy and his life-like girl," confronting false appearances with the truth. Other songs rotate around "the circle that brings us back in" (The Ride). In Stranger, Douglass suggests that "when you get what you want, you turn around / youre a stranger / you forget who you are." Pseudo-Rotary even carries the facade of sounding like a major label production, but was recorded entirely in the basement of a rural Vermont apartment. The circle is reflected musically throughout the record by consistent use of loops and sequences and by arrangements that hook the listener.
"Ive always been an observer. Im always watching how people deal with their lives," says Douglass. "I think sometimes I just feel whats in their hearts, and thats what ends up on my albums." He is touring extensively in support of the new record, and quickly gaining the attention of labels.