Gregory Alan Isakov
|Gregory Alan Isakov|
October 19, 1979 |
Johannesburg, South Africa
Gregory Alan Isakov is a singer-songwriter. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he emigrated to the United States as a child, and was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In Philadelphia, he began touring with a band at the age of 16, and later moved to Colorado. His music combines indie and folk, featuring instruments such as the guitar and banjo. Some of his most popular songs include "The Stable Song", "Big Black Car", and "Raising Cain".
Isakov has spent his entire life traveling, and as a result, his travels have impacted his songwriting; his songs tell stories of miles and landscapes and the search for a sense of place. Music has been a constant force in his life, as he says, "I've always had this sense about music and writing, that I sort of have to do it. Like I'll implode without it. I probably wouldn't do it if I felt any other way." 
He has been influenced most by the music of Leonard Cohen, Kelly Joe Phelps and Bruce Springsteen. Gregory has played at many music festivals held across the United States, Canada and Europe. Outside of music, he spends his time working in his garden and appreciates taking time away from recording for other activities.
In 2016, Gregory released an album with The Colorado Symphony. The artist and group toured across the United States.
- Rust Colored Stones (2003)
- Songs for October (2005)
- That Sea, The Gambler (2007)
- This Empty Northern Hemisphere (2009)
- The Weatherman (2013)
- Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony (2016)
Appearances in media
The song "Big Black Car" from the 2009 album "This Empty Northern Hemisphere" was featured in a 2012 McDonald's commercial. Isakov donated the proceeds to non-profit organizations that help further sustainable farming and nurture community.
The song "Second Chances" from the 2013 album The Weatherman plays towards the end of the sixth episode of the first season of the American drama television series Forever and was featured in the 2014 Veronica Mars movie.
The song "This Empty Northern Hemisphere" from the 2009 album of the same name plays at the conclusion of the final episode of the fourth season of the American drama television series Suits.
The song "If I Go, I'm Goin'" from "This Empty Northern Hemisphere" (2009) plays at the end of the fourth episode of season four of Showtime's Californication.
The song "She Always Takes It Black" from The Weatherman (2013) was featured in season seven, episode 11 of Showtime's TV series Californication.
The song "Time Will Tell" from The Weatherman (2013) was featured in a 2015 Subaru commercial.
The song "Suitcase Full of Sparks" from The Weatherman (2013) was featured in episode 20 of season three of The Blacklist.
The song "Second Chances" from the 2013 album The Weatherman plays toward the end of the short film "One Man’s Mission to Revive the Last Redwood Forests" by National Geographic Society.
The song "Amsterdam" from the 2013 album The Weatherman was featured in episode 1 of season six of Girls.
The song "Second Chances" from the 2013 album The Weatherman plays at the end of the first episode of the fourth season of the American drama television series Rectify.