If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the daily news cycle, do yourself a favor and take a mental break from the negativity and anxiety. In fact, one of the best ways to shake off the blues is to count your blessings. Gregory Porter takes this practice to heart on his latest single, aptly titled “Thank You.”
Lifted from his upcoming project All Rise, the song takes cues from lead single “Revival” and plants the listener in the front pew of Porter’s parrish. “Thank You” begins as a gospel tune with jazzy undercurrents as the singer expresses gratitude for life itself. What begins as a lively tune, soon gets elevated to a full-fledged testimony service with hand claps, tambourine, Hammond organ and a gospel choir. Whether you consider yourself a “believer” or not, it’s the spirit-lifter we all can use right about now.
In addition to giving thanks to his Heavenly Father, “Thank You” expresses appreciation for earthly beings as well. Porter explains, “I wrote it about you, my fans – thanking you for coming to my shows, for listening to my music and supporting me through the years. I also wrote it to say thank you to all the people who have helped me on this journey, I am grateful to you for your inspiration and encouragement. But in this difficult time, I wanted to also thank all those who are working on the frontlines, those who are looking out for us. This song is about the roots of our faith that we can lean on to bring us through this dark valley. It is for family, for friends, for everyone. This song is for you.”