Grayson Word is a soul/RnB singer hailing from Nashville. Although only eighteen, this year he’s already released his first EP, Different Kind of Free, which was produced by Nathan Meckel at the Cowboy Jack Clement Studio in Nashville (Johnny Cash, U2, Louis Armstrong). Grayson regards his main influences as classic soul singers such as Marvin Gaye, Al Green and Stevie Wonder along with groups like Earth, Wind & Fire and The Rolling Stones.
This song, All Night, is a soul-infused pop track perhaps closest to the style of Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars. Starting with mood-setting piano, it bursts into life with an infectious beat augmented by funky guitar and catchy vocal hooks from the start. On the verse, Grayson sings in his lower register with a smooth, distinctive voice not dissimilar to George Ezra. It builds swiftly to the falsetto chorus which lodges in the mind instantly.
On the second verse, we hear short bursts of Rhodes electric piano which adds to the soulful feel. After the second chorus a concise guitar solo gives a little more musicality and flavour before returning for one last chorus. Lyrically, it’s timeless fare about being blown away by a girl and wanting to spend time with her: “We can spin some Marvin Gaye and do it all again...”. Grayson’s vocal performance is superb and the flawless, slick production makes it perfect for radio.
Overall, this is a highly impressive soul-tinged pop track by a young artist mature beyond his years. With an impressive voice plus a natural charisma, his youth will only add to his commercial appeal and this song will work equally well on the radio as well as the dancefloor. He may already have the song that helps him break through to the big time, so he could well be a name you’ll hear plenty more of in the future.