A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Gregory Banks is not your average artist. In a time where mediocrity has become the norm in an ever-changing music industry, only a few singers shine as true artists. He has opened up for Multi-Platinum artist Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Mike Jones, and Jazzy Jeff; won a B.E.T College Tour Competition; has been featured on many radio stations and local television shows; and was a finalist in Andre Harrell’s Superstar Soul Search Competition. With these being only some of his variant achievements, Greg Banks continually puts his best foot fonNard to strive in this industry.
His lyrics having an abysmal connotation with a sound that is hard to define; his music has become a branch of the 90’s groove, and he is recognized as a prolific crooner of the now. Equipped with one of the most distinctive styles in the music business; Mr. Banks is bent on taking urban music fonNard. With his soothing tunes, genteel melodies, and charismatic charm one cannot help but to concede to the strong gravitational pull to his music.
In 2007, Greg Banks career launched with the partnership of Bay area’s artist G-Eazy and the creating of their hit single “Candy Girl”. Having over 425,000 plays on MySpace, the two created a music video which garnished over 80,000 views on YouTube and nominated for an mtvU Woody-Award.
In 2009, Greg Banks released his independent debut; The Time is Now, which erupted his buzz as the new R&B sensation. Currently unsigned, Greg Banks has over 3,600 fans on MySpace with over 80,000 song plays, and over 10,000 fans on Facebook. In addition, Greg Banks has also written 3 songs on songstress Kourtney Heart’s 9 track album “Eye Dee Kay”. Heart, a newcomer to the industry, was recently picked up by Jive Records. Jive expressed a strong liking for 2 of the 3 songs that Banks wrote for Heart, songs that both Banks as the mastermind behind the lyrics and Heart as the songbird; collaborated exceedingly well on- well enough to capture the attention of the prestigious Jive Records. More recently Greg Banks connecting with Bay area’s artist G-Eazy yet again for another great song that would push their careers yet even further ahead. The joined talents and great minds to do an epic remake of classic Dion & The Belmont’s “Runaround Sue”. In only two and a half months the video has 320,000 to plus views, and has been mentioned on countless blogs including Billboard.com.
However the superiority of Mr. Banks doesn’t stop with his musicality; Comparable to Fonzworth Bentley, Greg is truly deemed a trendsetter. Being the jack of all trades and the master of plenty; he has matriculated the arts of singing, songwriting, acting and modeling. Yet his dexterity doesn’t stop there. He infuses his sophisticated, urban style into the R&B fashion world. With his eccentric style and statuesque demeanor one can’t help but to notice Greg Banks. Vibrant colors, bold prints, and the clean well-kept manner define this GQ man. His distinctive style is inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, which was the height of elegance; his musicality being a wondrous whirlpool of the musical ingenuity and unequaled artistry of Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and others. With his eccentric style, his unique taste for fashion, a voice that is unmatched and unparalleled, and an outgoing performance with his band “The Crooners”, it is no exaggeration that the world of music will never be the same.
NOTABLE CAREER PERFORMANCES
§ B.E.T Black College Tour Competition Winner
§ Essence Music Festival Finale Concert
§ Opening act for Lil Wayne’ s No Ceiling Tour in Lafayette, LA
§ Opened act for Mike Jones and Jazzy Jeff in Philadelphia, PA
§ Xavier University Spring Fest opening act for Trey Songz
§ Howard University and Georgetown University performance in Washington, DC
§ S.O.B’s in New York, NY
§ BB Kings New York, NY
§ The World Famous Apollo Theater New York, NY
Q&A with Greg Banks:
BS: What ignited your passion for music? How has your upbringing in New Orleans played a role in your passion for music?
Greg Banks: My passion for music was ignited by the “Second Lines” & street performers in New Orleans. Growing up in the area of New Orleans that I did, I was left with few positive outlets, & music won my heart.
BS: How would you describe your journey so far in the music industry? How did you get started in your career?
Greg Banks: My journey has taken me many places. I’ve experienced joy, pain, laughter & tears, but my ambition has never waivered. The tragic “Hurrican Katrina” was the true start to my career. In that very moment I promised myself I’d do what I love until my heart stops.
BS: What do you feel sets you apart from other vocalists? Have you had any mentors that assisted you?
Greg Banks: I feel that truly expressing who I am with no representative, no veil over the eyes of my onlookers, gives me all that I need to stand out and be different person that I was born to be. I studied classsical voice in college, so I’d say my professor was my mentor.
BS: What artists or other individuals inspired you to pursue your music career? What motivates you to keep focused?
Greg Banks: First and foremost, my mother was my first inspiration. She encouraged my to be fearless and chase and catch what I believe in. My musical influences are Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Sam Cooke, just to name a few. All those whom have been moved by my art will be keeping me motivated to push forward.
BS: How would you describe your music? Which musical genre(s) would you say best describes your sound?
Greg Banks: Musically I’m a collage of my greatest influences. My music is a blend of R&B, Soul, Funk and Jazz.
BS: Did you have any fears that you had to overcome? What is a valuable life lesson that you have learned thus far?
Greg Banks: My subconscious fears were the hardest. Falling victim to the societal stereotypes of growing up in the ghetto haunted me for some time. I then realized you created your reality first in your thoughts. I then began to think differently which gave different results. The most valuable lesson has been “One bad decision can make one hundred good decisions null and void”.
BS: Do you feel that being a writer enhances your artistry? Please elaborate.
Greg Banks: I do feel being a writer allows my expressions to only be as limited as my knowledge attained. I can write anything that comes to mind because my mind has no boundaries. If one isn’t a writer they can only attempt to describe what they feel, and the writers experiences will make it a hit or miss.
BS: How do you continue to develop yourself and your brand?
Greg Banks: I pray for clarity in all of my steps. I seek counsel from wiser individuals whom I trust to help me brand the best Greg Banks. I’ve learned to make my personal taste more accessible.
BS: What do you look forward to the most in terms of your career?
Greg Banks: I look forward to uplifting and inspiring the most. Living a comfortable life off of the gift I was given is also very important to me as well, but if I can motivate someone to follow what they believe in, this circle is complete.