Get to Know Gregory Abbott, the Musician

Platinum recording artist, songwriter, and producer Gregory Abbott’s roots stem from Venezuela (his mother) and the Island of Antigua (his father). Raised in Harlem in New York City, he is a dual citizen of the USA and Antigua.

In college, he majored in psychology and minored in music and dramatic arts. He holds a Master’s degree and is currently working towards his Ph.D. and was awarded a full academic scholarship (Wallace Stegner Fellowship) to Stanford University’s Creative writing Master’s 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 at UC 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. His music has gone to number one on charts all over the world. He won first prize at the Tokyo Music Festival, where his performance was broadcast to over two billion people.

Upon release, “Shake You Down” achieved the distinction of reaching one million radio air-plays faster than any song in the history of BMI (now well over four 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, an N.Y. Image award, and two awards from the annual CEBA Awards dinner (Communications Excellence Aimed at Black Audiences).

On Billboard’s “50 Sexiest Songs of All Time,” “Shake You Down” ranks #22.

Gregory has had numerous top-five hits performed by both himself (“Got The Feelin It’s Over,” “I’ll Prove It To You”), etc., as well as having produced and written for other artists. Some include Jennifer Warnes, Phoebe Snow, Whitney Houston (duet), Fifty Cent (Tony Yayo), Dorothy Moore (Misty Blue), Gerald Albright, Ronnie Spector, Mexican icon Emmanuel, and Brazilian star Rosana Fiengo.

His production and publishing company Grabbit Music places songs in film and television: “Are We Done Yet (Ice Cube Movies), the Super Bowl/ ESPN… and he releases much of his music on his own Mojo Man Entertainment Label.

Abbott’s music has crossed every barrier imaginable. You hear the Caribbean/Spanish influence in his music, topped off with this incredibly smooth, soulful voice. The term “groove ballad” has been used to describe Gregory’s rhythmic and romantic style. And music writers have affectionately used the term “Wall Street Soul” to describe his sophisticated demeanor and intelligent green eyes.

Gregory Abbott has never believed in looking at music through the prism of “genre.” “I am an explorer,” he explains. And indeed, his music reflects many styles: RnB, Smooth Jazz, Caribbean, and Soul. This variety of expression seems to resonate with his numerous fans throughout the world.

Abbott has served on the Board of Directors of both NARAS (the Grammy’s) and NAPM (Songwriters Hall of Fame). He is an advocate for bringing awareness about sustainability to people around the globe.

He releases music via singles a few times a year. His latest release is scheduled for February 2023.


“Abbott’s Eyes, Whispers…. is infectious, sultry, seductive” Rolling Stone Magazine

“Abbott has the soul of Al Green, the movie star good-looks of Denzel and the man can sing!” Black Radio Exclusive

“When Gregory Abbott sings, people listen.” People Magazine

  • 4 Top Ten Hits
  • Number 1 Billboard
  • 2 Soul Train Awards
  • 4 New York Music Awards.
  • Winner - Tokyo Music Festival
  • CEBA Awards (Communications Excellence Aimed at Black Audiences)
  • BMI Pop Song of the Year

BDS reports Abbott’s legendary standard “Shake You Down” has over 5+ million plays to date. The official YouTube video has over 94 million and counting!


Shake You Down / Columbia Records 1986

I’ll Prove It to You / Columbia Sony 1988

One World! / Musik International 1994

Super Hits / Sony Legacy 1998

Eyes, Whispers, Rhythm, Sex... / Orchard Musik International 2002

Dancing The Inner Realm / Music International 2005

Rhyme and Reason / Sony Music 2006

Drop Your Mask / Spectra Records 2011

Shake You Down / Columbia 1986

I Got The Feelin (It’s Over) / Columbia 1986

I’ll Prove It To You / Columbia 1988

Let Me Be Your Hero / Columbia 1988

Without You / MIR Mojo Man Entertainment 2002

Sexual / MIR Mojo Man Entertainment 2002

Handyman / MIR Mojo Man Entertainment 2002

Rhythm Rhyme / Mojo Man Entertainment 2003

One World, One Heart One Mind / MIR Mojo Man Entertainment 2004

Middle of Harlem / Mojo Man Entertainment 2008

Sure Feels Good / Mojo Man Entertainment 2010

Island Woman / Mojo Man Entertainment 2012

Drop Your Mask / Spectra 2012

Things That Mean The Most 2 Me / Mojo Man Entertainment 2012

Sugar Sugar / Mojo Man Entertainment 2012

Miracles / Mojo Man Entertainment 2013

Shake You Down (Remake) / Mojo Man Entertainment 2013

Every Little Step / Mojo Man Entertainment 2014

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas / Mojo Man Entertainment 2014

How Deep Is Your Love / Mojo Man Entertainment 2015

Stir It Up / Mojo Man Entertainment 2015

When Something is Wrong With My Baby / Mojo Man Entertainment 2016

Deja Vu / Mojo Man Entertainment 2017

On and On / Mojo Man Entertainment 2017

Stop, Look Listen (To Your Heart) / Mojo Man Entertainment 2019

My Heart Has Found A Home / Mojo Man Entertainment 2019

Searchin 4 the 1 / Mojo Man Entertainment 2020

Haven’t We Seen Enough / Mojo Man Entertainment 2020

Chill (Featuring Gerald Albright) / Mojo Man Entertainment 2020

Summer In the City / Mojo Man Entertainment 2022

Whisper The Words / Mojo Man Entertainment 2023

Baby You Got What It Takes / Freda Payne Capitol 1977

Bring Back The Joy / Freda Payne / Capitol 1977

I Can’t Live On A Memory / Freda Payne / Virgin Music Group 1978

Livin’ For The Beat / Freda Payne 1979

Unfinished Business / Ronnie Spector / Sony Legacy 1987

Everything Is Love (Tudo e Vida) / Rosana Fiengo CBS Brazil 1988

Leave Your Light On / Animation / Raccoons CBC 1989

Don’t Even Know What Time It Is / Animation / Raccoons CBC 1989

One World, One Heart, One Mind / Emmanuel / Epic 1992

If You Could See Through My Eyes / Mona Lisa / Quality Records 1992

So Seductive / Tony Yayo / Fifty Cent / G-Unit 2005

Sticky Situation / EQ Atlantic Records 2007

Rock You Gently / Jennifer Warnes / Private Music 2017

Da Bomb / South Central Cartel / Hood Good Music 2018

Kea Jelwa / Hip Hop Pantsula / BFB Best Afro Music 2018

Getting Used To Love / Whitney Houston / *Unreleased

6 To The World / HP Boys / Warner 2020

Disoriental / Andrea Emanuele Brasi (aka Bresh) / 2020

Gabbiani / Frah Quintale / Undamento 2020

There Comes A Time / Dorothy Moore / Farrish Street Records 2020


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