Gregory Alan Isakov

Gregory Alan Isakov is a talented musician and a force to be reckoned with. His music is perfect to wake up to, to fall asleep to, or just listen to as the rest of the world passes by. Residing in Denver, Colorado Gregory is currently working on his newest album and planning a tour. I had the opportunity of speaking with him about his upcoming plans and the great opportunities he’s had as a musician.

Q. Who are some of your musical influences?

A. I listen to too much Leonard Cohen so he would probably be my biggest influence. Also, Nick Drake and Bruce Springsteen.

Q. Your powerful voice and meaningful lyrics are something your growing fan base can’t get enough of. How did you get started in the music business?

A. I was always writing songs growing up. I dropped out of high school for a while and wrote a lot back then. I’ve been working really hard on my music for the past few years now.

Q. You’re originally from South Africa and are now living in Boulder, Colorado. Are there any differences with music there than here in the US?

A. I moved from South Africa when I was seven so I wouldn’t really know if there are many differences. I grew up listening to a lot of Simon Garfunkel and Michael Jackson.

Q. You’ve toured with music artists such as Alexi Murdoch, Brandi Carlile, and Fiona Apple. Who are some of the other artists you dream of touring alongside?

A. Opening for Leonard Cohen would be a dream. I would probably be sitting backstage and forget to go on because I would be so nervous. Also, Iron & Wine would be cool to open for.

Q. You’ve released four albums so far with the last being released in 2009. Any plans to release new music in the coming future?

A. I’m recording the new record now, which will hopefully be released before we tour Europe in June.

Q. One of my favorite songs on your album, “This Empty Northern Hemisphere” is  “That Moon Song” featuring Brandi Carlile. What was it like recording with such a talented musician?

A. Recording with Brandi Carlile was a dream. She is a great supporter and has such a kind personality. We recorded a few songs together on that album. Her voice should be in a museum.

Q. Any plans to do a tour in the near future?

A. We are touring Europe in June and the US in February.

Q. Who are some of the artists you can’t hear enough of right now?

A. Patrick Park. He was out on tour with us for a while. He’s a great musician. I really like Chris Pureka right now too.

Q. Is there a favorite city you’ve played in so far?

A. We love playing everywhere. We play the East Coast twice a year and the West Coast twice a year. The Midwest we play once a year.  Some favorites are Minneapolis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Seattle, and LA.

Q. If you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life and could only bring one of your songs to listen to, which one would it be and why?

A. A song called Salt In the Sea. There is hope in that song. It’s one of the happier songs I’ve written.

Enjoy “That Moon Song,” featuring Brandi Carlile. I promise, you’ll fall in love with his voice.

The End.

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  1. Great to hear that new album is in works and should be ready before June – his latest sounds wonderful on vinyl, all I need now is for him to tour Australia 🙂

    • tc
    • May 29th, 2011

    Gregory’s music is incredible. that’s an excellent description “listen as rest of the world passes by” – perfect. hopefully we get an australian tour soon. can’t wait for the new album. all the best.

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