The One The Only Grayson Hugh & Polly Messer
Grayson Hugh is an internationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter, who grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut. After moving to New York in 1986 in search of a record deal, he was "discovered" in an elevator on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The other occupant of that elevator was record producer Michael Baker. After a brief conversation, which led to an impromptu concert in Hugh's manager's apartment, Baker told his girlfriend "I've just found the next Buddy Holly!" With Michael Baker and Axel Kroell producing, Grayson's major label debut, "Blind To Reason" (RCA 1988), wowed music critics and live audiences around the world. The album garnered several international radio hits and went Gold, first in Australia, with the U.S. and the rest of the world soon following. His songs have been called "a soul/rock stew with a dash of blues and a pinch of country" (Stone Phillips, The Today Show) and his voice has been compared to soul legends Sam Cooke and Otis Redding.
His rhythmic piano playing owes as much to his study of African Drumming (with John
Chernoff at Wesleyan University) as to his experience as a pianist for a gospel church in
Hartford, Connecticut. His second record "Road To Freedom" was called one of 1992's top-ten
albums by Billboard Magazine. Two of his songs from that record were featured in
Ridley Scott's hit film "Thelma & Louise" in 1991. In the same year Hugh was asked to
arrange & record a version of Bob Dylan's "I'll Remember You" for the end-title song to
the film "Fried Green Tomatoes". Using Eric Calpton’s band to back him up, the result
was a gospel-styled performance featuring Grayson singing and playing Hammond B3
organ, “a performance that could raise the dead" (Peanuts, The Cleveland Free Times).
In 2010 Grayson released his eagerly-anticipated "An American Record”, co-produced
with his wife, singer Polly Messer. His 2015 record “Back To The Soul” was on the Official Ballot for a 2015 Grammy in the Best Americana Album category. He is currently working on songs and a score for an upcoming Hungarian film entitled “Captain Flame”, as well as beginning work on his next album, slated for a release in late 2019.
Polly Messer began her career as a singer with the Connecticut swing band Eight To The
Bar, in 1977. While touring up and down the east coast with them, she met Grayson in a
recording studio and, soon after, began singing backup vocals in his band Grayson Hugh
& The Wildtones, in 1982. She performed with him throughout the mid-eighties, until
he moved to New York in 1986. During the nineties, Polly sang with the rockabilly band
Eugene Chrysler. She also returned to school where she obtained a bachelor's degree
with a triple major in art at Western Connecticut State University. In 2007, she teamed
up with Grayson once again to sing on his new record. She and Grayson were married in
Here is a rare opportunity to hear Grayson Hugh and Polly Messer perform some of Grayson's hits from radio and film as well as previously unreleased songs, in an intimate yet powerful duet setting.
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