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    Spotlight on: Gregory Abbott Gregory Abbott is a major award-winning recording artist, songwriter and producer who is of Mixed-Race ancestry and who was
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      Spotlight on: 'Gregory Abbott'

      Gregory Abbott is a major award-winning
      recording artist, songwriter and producer 
      who is of Mixed-Race ancestry and who
      was raised in New York City , New York .


      While in college he majored in psychology
      and minored in music and dramatic arts


      He holds a Masters degree and is currently
      working towards his Ph.D and was awarded
      a Wallace Stegner Fellowship to Stanford
      University 's Creative writing Masters program

      While pursuing graduate studies at the University
      of California at Berkeley and San Francisco ,
      he helped pay his tuition by starting a band

      It was here he developed his own personal musical style

      While teaching English at Berkeley , he decided
      to become a professional musician, built a studio,
      and applied his academic discipline to developing
      skills as a singer, composer and producer


      Abbott released the single and album "Shake
      You Down" shaking up the music industry
      with countless honors and awards.

      "Shake You Down" has the distinction of reaching one
      milliion radio airplays faster than any song in the history
      of BMI (now well over three million), and won BMI's Pop
      Song of the Year award as the most performed song


      Gregory has also won two 'Soul Train" music
      awards for Best Male Singer and Best New Artist.

      He has been the star of the New York Music Awards,
      receiving four honors: Best R&B Album, Best Debut
      Album, Best R&B Vocalist, and the Rising Star Award

      He has walked away with two awards at Dick Clark's
      "Black Gold" ceremonies, another honor from the
      R&B Awards in Las Vegas , a N.Y. Image award,
      and two awards from the annual CEBA Awards dinner
      (communications excellence aimed at black audiences)
      and has won first prize at the Tokyo Music Festival

      He's had numerous top five hits both performed by
      himself as well as produced and written for other artists

      Abbotts' music has crossed every barrier imaginable
      and has gone to number one on charts all over the world.


      Gregory Abbott is noted for having coined the
      term "groove ballad" and, when referring
      to him, music writers have affectionately
      used the term "Wall Street Soul"


      Gregory has guest starred on the daytime
      drama "All My Children" and is now delving
      more heavily into acting and film production

      He comes from a family of entertainers and
      his first cousin Diahnne Abbott was married
      for many years to actor Robert De Niro,
      and is herself an actress of merit.

      Some of his community service work includes
      Rock Against Drugs, joining them when they
      brought their message to Washington , DC

      He has also participated in the "Bands to Beat AIDS"
      campaign focused on AIDS awareness across the US

      Abbott has served on the Board of Directors
      of both NARAS (the Grammys'), and
      the NAPM (Songwriters Hall of Fame)

      He has his own Foundation which 
      supports aspiring musical talent



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