In 1983, within a bucolic neighborhood in Plymouth, New Hampshire, a 6-year old Jack Gregori first began to demonstrate his precocious singing and performing skills. Jack’s grandfather had been an artist and performing jazz drummer in the 1950s and his father quickly took note of Jack’s ease and comfort in front of audiences. He was happy to continue the tradition of arts education by enrolling Jack into early childhood piano and saxophone lessons. These lessons would lead to early exposure to The Beatles, Howling Wolf and The Rolling Stones, leaving a lasting imprint on the forms of rhythm-and-blues and the swagger of rock-and-roll. Years later, Jack would uncover a hybrid musical style – country music – that would serve as the inspiration for his regular DC-based performances and ultimately lead him to compete on to a national TV show – The Voice – where multiple Grammy award nominees were all in agreement over Jack’s undeniable talent and charisma.
“Your voice is incredibly deep and powerful” said Grammy-award nominee Ellie Goulding after Jack advanced to the next round on the international FOX television hit show The Voice. Those events broadcast Jack’s undeniable talent out to millions of eyes across the country. Up until that moment the word-of-mouth about Jack’s charisma had been pushing at the seams only in the small music communities of Northern Virginia and Washington DC.
Yet for years Jack had been fine-tuning his vocal command and delivery through the country-and-western outfit he created, the “Human Country Jukebox”, now a staple of the DC music scene. The band has enjoyed a multiple-year residency at Madam’s Organ, the legendary DC music institution voted as DC’s Greatest Bar by Playboy Magazine, providing the platform for his performances to grow in local lore. On any given night throughout the region Jack and his band can be found entertaining audiences with sets over 4-hours long and deep into the early morning hours.
Regional press outfits The Washingtonian Magazine and the Washington City Paper (among others) have recently spotlighted Jack and noted his growing stardom. He has the show history as well to match any of the great touring country artists. Just in the past few years alone, Jack and his band have performed well over 500 shows. All of this in addition to releasing his debut album of original material in late 2014 titled – Human Country Jukebox. Jack has performed at nearly every stage and theater in the Metro DC area, from landmark music venues Black Cat and The Hamilton, to the dark saloons and watering holes in-between. He has also performed alongside some of Nashville’s great stewards of country-western and honky-tonk style, most recently performing with Nashville’s own Jim Lauderdale.
The best country singers carry with them stories and experiences that transcend the songs they sing. It takes the accumulated years of wisdom and perspective to lend credibility to the songs of the heart-broken as well as the truly grateful. Jack is a singer who has lived some years, witnessed some small successes and failures, and a performer who lends his own life experience to give the songs he sings the gravity they demand.
Human Country Jukebox has its roots in rabble-rousing outlaw country bands from the good old days in the deep South. HCJ claims no hometown – “No town can hold me,” Jack insists with a slight wink – but you’ll swear this band comes straight outta North Texas.