April 4/5, 2020

Gregory Douglass,

Intuitive Songwriting

Gregory Douglass wants a better world for the future sustainability of independent music. He’s been a pioneer of DIY innovation throughout his indie career as an early adapter of crowdfunding his albums (before Kickstarter was around), streaming live concerts (before Concert Window was around), and performing house concerts in his fan’s living rooms throughout the country.

Now, he’s teamed up with Patreon to help fix what’s currently broken in the industry – a reliable stream of income for artists and creators. “I believe artists membership models like Patreon are on the right path to the future of creative sustainability. Music sales have plummeted but the expenses required to create and release new music remain the same. Artists cannot sustain their craft today without the vital support of their fans.”

His new album My Hero, The Enemy speaks directly to this crucial paradigm which Gregory describes as “The blessing and the curse of creativity in the age of information.” Gregory explains, “It’s also an ode to being a creative person in the digital age, and what a dichotomy it can be. At the same time, every song on My Hero, The Enemy explores the polarity of such emotional struggles, and attempts to expose the underlying truth behind many of life’s misconceptions.”

Gregory’s own patrons are currently funding his Live From The Chapel project – a live album and video “rockumentary” in the works. Every song from My Hero, The Enemy was performed live at The Chapel in San Francisco, CA specifically for this project.

His evocative, alternative sound blends “Rufus Wainwright ́s opulent musicality and Justin Timberlake ́s accessible soulfulness.” A recent spotlight on NPR’s Morning Edition coined him “one of New England’s best-kept secrets”.

Gregory has shared the stage with artists like Regina Spektor, They Might Be Giants, Shawn Colvin, The Weepies, and Jason Mraz to name a few. According to Pandora’s founder, Tim Westergren, Gregory is one of the top independent artists on Pandora radio today. He has sold 200,000+ songs digitally on his own and his videos have amounted to over a million views on his YouTube channels.

With 15+ years as an independent musician and creative entrepreneur, Gregory has mastered the art of grassroots promotion with the help of his fan base. He has released nine (9) full-length studio albums through his own Emote Records indie label. His last five (5) albums were financed almost entirely by the support of his fans, and his last Kickstarter campaign generated over $20,000 towards his My Hero, The Enemy album.
Emote Records was founded in 2001 in conjunction with Gregory’s third studio release Teeter. It has been operating under the belief that true artistic freedom will prevail, and that honest music will continue to speak for itself through the changes and uncertainty of the music industry.
Now based in Los Angeles, CA, Gregory was born and raised in rural Vermont. After winning local talent shows and performing in community theater as a child, he taught himself to play the piano and guitar by ear and took up songwriting in junior high. While attending Brewster Academy, a college-preparatory boarding high school in New Hampshire, Douglass composed and recorded the material for his first two albums If I Were A Man and Gregory Douglass (self-titled). On graduation day, Brewster Academy’s headmaster presented him with a music award, publicly announcing that Douglass was the first student he would ever encourage not to go to college and to instead pursue his passion full time — advice Douglass ran with.