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Billy Porter signs with Island UK and Republic Records

Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor, singer, director, composer, playwright and author Billy Porter has signed a partnership with Island UK and Republic Records.

Porter also unveiled a new single titled Children.

Porter began his music career in 1997 with the release of his self-titled debut album (aka Untitled) which spawned the Top 10 boiling under Single, Show me, and love is on the waywho also appears at the pivotal moment of the film, First Women’s Club.

He kept releasing Corner of Broadway + Soul (2005), Billy is back on Broadway (2014), and The soul of Richard Rodgers (2017) starring Pentatonix, India.Arie, Leslie Odom Jr. and Cynthia Erivo, among others.

Porter scored his first number 1 with love yourself in 2019 on the US Dance Club Songs Chart.

He followed that up with his 2020 reimagining of the legendary Buffalo Springfield anthem, For what it’s worthand a collaboration with The Shapeshifters on Finally Ready.

2021 saw Porter cover club classic Juliet Roberts caught in the middle for Red Hot + Free, which supports underserved communities affected by HIV/AIDS.

He was also enlisted by Jessie J for I want love.

“It is an honor to welcome him to the Republic Records family in partnership with Island UK.”

Wendy Goldstein, Republic Records

Wendy Goldstein / President West Coast Creative Republic Records said, “Billy is a force of nature! Its ability to seamlessly shape-shift between entertainment mediums at the highest level of success is nothing short of astounding.

“It is an honor to welcome him to the Republic Records family in partnership with Island UK.”

“I can’t wait for the world to hear the music he created. There’s only one Billy Porter. It’s his time.”

Steve Pitron, Island Records UK

Steve Pitron / SVP Island Records UK, said: “Icon” is a word that is used far too loosely these days, but Billy Porter is undoubtedly the true definition of the word.

“Billy is someone who naturally radiates charm, charisma and integrity to everyone who enters his orbit, and everyone who meets him always leaves feeling energized by his inspiring energy.

“I couldn’t be happier to have Island UK and Republic teaming up on this trip with Billy. We are truly fortunate to work with an artist of Billy’s caliber – someone who knows what he wants, who always gets up and speaks using his voice and his platform to support others.

“I can’t wait for the world to hear the music he created. There’s only one Billy Porter. It’s his time.”The music industry around the world