Gregory Porter, who just released his fourth studio album, Take Me to the Alley (Blue Note, May 6), requires an increasingly rare description: crossover jazz artist. The Bakersfield, Calif., native, 44, is at No. 20 on the Adult R&B Songs chart with single "Holding On," an acoustic flip of his 2015 collaboration with U.K. electro phenom Disclosure, which already hit No. 1 on Dance Club Songs. Porter tells Billboard about the people and places that inspired his soul-inflected new album.
His 3-Year-Old Son, Demyan