Birth name: Gregory Joel Abbott
Date of Birth: April 2, 1954
Birth Place: New York City, New York, U.S.
Spouse: Freda Payne (m. 1976–1979)
Children: Gregory Abbott, Jr.
Nationality: American, Antiguan
Genres: Soul,R&B,Adult contemporary
Occupation(s): Singer, Musician, Composer, Record producer
Years active: 1982–present
Labels: Columbia, Legacy, Mojo Man Entertainment
Whitney Houston,Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes,Freddie Jackson,Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam,James Ingram,Terrence Trent D'Arby
Official Website: gregoryabbott.com
Gregory Joel Abbott (born April 2, 1954) is an American singer, musician, composer and producer. Although he continues to record to date, he is best known for his singles in the mid-1980s including his platinum single, "Shake You Down", from his 1986 debut album.
Born Gregory Joel Abbott in New York City, New York, Abbott's parents came from Venezuela and Antigua. During his early years, Abbott's mother taught him how to play piano and encouraged him to develop vocally. Before his career as a musician, Abbott studied psychology at University of California, Berkeley, and creative writing at Stanford; where he won a Wallace Stegner fellowship. Abbott taught English at University of California, Berkeley.
Abbott was a professor of English.
One of Abbott's first opportunities in his studio was an album for an independent record label, which gave him the opportunity to do a duet with Whitney Houston. Continuing on, Abbott produced for the group EQ on Atlantic Records. In 1986, Abbott released his first solo album, Shake You Down. The title track for the album was a success, going platinum and topping the Billboard Hot 100. The album's second single, "I Got The Feelin’ (It's Over)", reached Number 5 on the R&B chart. With the strength of its singles, the album propelled to platinum status and earned Abbott several awards.
Internationally, Abbott carried much success, winning first prize at the Tokyo Music Festival. The title track of his second album, "I'll Prove It To You" which was released in 1988, was featured on a Japanese movie soundtrack. In Belgium, he performed with Princess Stephanie of Monaco. Over the years much of his new music has been released via singles on his own Mojo Man Entertainment label. Abbott has continued with his R&B sound but in addition he has added a Caribbean/Soul feel as well. In 2011, an album entitled "Drop Your Mask" was released; and Abbott continues to release new singles a few times a year.
Abbott was married to American singer Freda Payne from 1976 until 1979. Payne and Abbott had a son, Gregory Abbott, Jr., who was born on September 19, 1977, Payne's 35th birthday. In 1979, it was reported that his wife Payne was suing for divorce.
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