About Gregory Alan Isakov
Gregory Alan Isakov is a South African-American singer-songwriter currently based in Boulder, Colorado. He and his family immigrated to the United States in 1986 and he was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Isakov's music combines indie and folk, featuring instruments such as the guitar and banjo. He is widely known for the songs "The Stable Song", "Big Black Car", "If I Go, I'm Goin" and "Raising Cain". Isakov has released seven albums, most recently Evening Machines in October 2018.
Isakov was born in Johannesburg on October 19, 1979. He immigrated with his family to the United States in 1986 during the apartheid because his father Nissen started an electronic-engineering business in Philadelphia. In Philadelphia, he began touring with a band at the age of 16. Isakov later moved to Colorado to study horticulture at Naropa University. Isakov had played instruments his whole life, but began a life as a professional musician playing occasional gigs while also working as a gardener. His musical career became more serious when he began touring with Kelly Joe Phelps.
In 2003, Isakov self-released his first album Rust Colored Stones. In 2005, he self-released Songs for October. In 2007 he self-released That Sea, The Gambler. In 2009, Isakov self-released This Empty Northern Hemisphere which featured vocals by Brandi Carlile on five tracks and a cover of Leonard Cohen's "One of Us Cannot Be Wrong". In 2013, Isakov created his independent label Suitcase Town Music on which he released The Weatherman.
In 2016, Isakov released Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony, an album of eleven of his earlier songs orchestrated by several composers and recorded with the full Colorado Symphony. On October 5, 2018 Isakov released Evening Machines on his Suitcase Town Music label.
He has been influenced by the music of Leonard Cohen, Kelly Joe Phelps and Bruce Springsteen. Isakov has played at many music festivals around the United States, Canada and Europe.
On November 20, 2019, Isakov's album Evening Machines was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Folk Album in the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.
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