Gregory Porter shares real reason why he wears iconic hat – ‘it is what it is’

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The 50-year-old talent, who has twice won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, will appear tonight, December 31, on Jools’ Annual Hootennay. Fans of the show will notice one particular thing about Gregory’s clothing: his black flat cap.

Gregory Porter has made headlines in recent years not only for his music, but for his style.

The singer has been seen wearing a black flat cap for over a decade.

The cap, which is a Kangol Summer Spitfire, is made out of a velvet or velour material.

Gregory is rarely never seen without it and, when he is, he said fans don’t recognise him.

But why does the singer wear a hat?

Those who have been following Gregory’s career over the years will know the songwriter had surgery more than 10 years ago.

This is why he began wearing a hat, and he has rarely taken it off since.

In 2012, the American told Jazzweekly.com: “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.

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“People recognise me by it now.

“It is what it is.”

The hat, which has a modified strap, is officially part of Gregory’s look.

In a 2020 interview with Metro’s Sixty Seconds, the musician explained: “It started off covering some scars from surgery but it’s become my style.

“I was in Denver and it was cold. I was wearing five layers of clothing and I wore a hat.

“It warmed up and I thought, ‘Actually, this is comfortable, this is a look.’

“I started to sing in a jazz club in Denver and people were like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s the guy with the hat.’

“So it became a thing.”

Gregory added that when he doesn’t wear the hat in public, he doesn’t get recognised by people in the street.

He said: “The only time I didn’t get recognised I took off my hat to swim in the ocean in Ibiza and no one recognised me.

“I went back to my hotel and put my hat on, and there was Gregory Porter.

“But it’s okay because people are trying to connect and take a picture and say thank you for some joy they had.

“I’m really okay with it and I always honour people and they honour me by coming to my concerts. I’m thankful.”

The 50-year-old has just released his latest album, Still Rising, which features give new tracks, two new arrangements, and nine of Gregory’s most popular songs, covers, and duets.

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