PORTER was born and raised near Toronto, Canada before resettling in Alberta. Since teaching himself to play guitar and harmonica he has spent a great deal of time traveling the world.
As the years roll past he continues to display what an excellent, unique and very interesting songwriter he is. His growing song catalogue ranges on many topics built around his non conformity life style. His stage presence is capturing.
Porter’s folk/rock/Alt country sound is most often compared with Neil Young and Van Morrison.
Onstage, the modern day troubadour seems to comfortably shine. He keeps the crowds attention not only with great songs, but even between songs with his off colour sense of humour and hilarious traveling stories.
Porter enjoys playing, writing and performing so much that he’s giving it a full time effort. Things got serious when he gave up a good job and a cozy home to move to Nashville in January 2009. He spent the next several months improving his skills, paying his dues and learning the music business.
The west has always called to him so in January 2010 he answered by “selling what I didn’t need” and moving into a new home. A 99 Dodge Caravan! All to be able to afford moving to San Francisco.
There he met producer Scott Mathews (who has worked with such iconic artists as Van Morrison, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Elvis Costello). The result was his debut studio album titled “PORTER – HIT THE ROAD”.
With the studio work complete, Porter cruised back to Canada playing the Vancouver area. He single handedly set up what turned out to be a successful summer cross Canada tour following the release of the album!
Spring 2011 he then set up his frist U.K tour bringing his sound to the other side of the pond, laying the ground work to expand his fan base.
Porter spent 2012 tucked away performing on a smaller scale and working on new material.
In 2013 he and his producer went back into the studio and put together an exceptional follow up. The new album was named Wildfire.
Porter decided to delay its release and instead moved to Australia traveling and performing the new unheard songs throughout the country and extensively in the Brisbane area.
Rather then return to Canada Porter chose to move to New Zealand.
He was done keeping Wildfire to himself!
In May 2014 Wildfire was released. The 7 song follow up to “Hit the road” is yet another sign that Porter is the real thing. Songs like “Summertime”and “Take a drive” are a rocking testament to his wild and free lifestyle that stay in your head long after the song has ended. Songs like “Country song” and “Another song” seem to be clever shots at his old Nashville home and the hard life of a struggling singer/songwriter on the road and in todays music industry.
“Kitsilano girl” is surely from his time in Vancouver (Kitsilano is a neighbourhood in Vancouver). A soft solo acoustic finger picked arrangement of a love story. Fact or fiction? “Give a fuck” is a truly folky protest with only a banjo and acoustic. Letting each listener draw their own conclusions on its meanings. School bullying? Sacrifice to find happiness? Non conformity?
Then there’s “Ride horses ride” a rollicking country-folk life story of a friend killed in a chuck wagon crash. Resembling something that might have rolled off of Neil Young’s pen back in the 70’s.
This great, new album is proof that big things can come in small packages. These 7 songs are strong and wont be leaving your play list for years to come.
In a music scene where musicians are working full and part time jobs to make ends meet, Porter has proven he can make the sacrifices needed to go after what he wants, 100%.
“Music is an amazing tool! It’s the key to a locked door, It’s more than entertainment, it can change people’s lives!”
Keep your eyes on this troubadour! He’s proven time and time again that he’s got what it takes.
“Having put some miles under my feet, I now realize that if you can simply believe in yourself, then others will believe you too.”
“I’m standing on the edge of it all” says Porter.