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Why does Gregory Porter wear a hat? | The Sun

GREGORY Porter has risen to fame due to his angelic voice.

He is known for being a soul singer but may have also noticed his distinctive hat.

Why does Gregory Porter wear a hat?

Gregory Porter is usually seen wearing a Kangol Summer Spitfire.

For his public appearances, Gregory wears his now-famous hat to cover up the scars he has from undergoing skin surgery – which he had more than a decade ago.

The musician calls the flat cap his "security blanket" and says it as his “jazz hat.'' – but it is actually known as angol Summer Spitfire with a modified strap.

Speaking to Jazz Weekly, the interviewer asked: "What's with the weird and wonderful hat?"

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Gregory replied: "I've had some surgery on my skin, so this has been my look for a little while and will continue to be for a while longer.

"People recognise me by it now. It is what it is."

But, he also told the BBC that he wants to be "less about my hat and more about my heart and my sound".

Potter talked about his facial scars in much detail – however he told the Telegraph in 2016, he had received some facial scars at around “seven or eight” years old, but didn't get into any of the specifics.

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He has also reassured fans that the hat never gets hot, itchy or uncomfortable and has a number of different ones to choose from.

What has Gregory said about his famous hat?

Speaking to The Independent about his hat, Gregory said: “I get recognised for the hat in airports.

“In the UK, they know me quite well but they don’t give me a free pass, I get fully checked and secured.

"There has been a time or two when I have been asked to sing to let them know it’s really me.

"When a person in uniform asks you to do something you are conditioned to do it."

What type of hat does Gregory Porter wear?

Gregory wears a flat cap called a Kangol Summer Spitfire.

The hat also has a modified strap that covers his ears and chin.

The cap covers up his scars so he can feel more comfortable when he is out in public.

What else do we know about Gregory?

Gregory was born in Sacramento, California, on November 4, 1971.

He won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2014 for Liquid Spirit and in 2017 for Take Me to the Alley.

Liquid Spirit was unusually successful for a jazz album and was certified gold by the BPI – selling over 100,000 units in the UK.

He is described as "a jazz singer of thrilling presence, a booming baritone with a gift for earthy refinement and soaring uplift".

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In 2021, he released his latest album, Still Rising, and in 2022, he had a UK tour. 

On September 14 2023, Porter released the single Somebody, in collaboration with TSHA and Ellie Goulding.

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