Blind to Reason

by Grayson Hugh

Released 09/01/1988
RCA Records
Released 09/01/1988
RCA Records
This smash hit debut album by Grayson Hugh, featuring his soulful singing, poetic lyrics and masterful piano and Hammond B3 organ playing, quickly earned him the name "King Of Blue-Eyed Soul".
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Grayson Hugh burst on the scene in 1988 with his RCA debut album "Blind To Reason". The record went Gold in the U.S. and overseas and garnered several global radio hits including "Talk It Over", "Bring It All Back" and "Tears Of Love". The videos made for these songs were also in heavy rotation at MTV, VH1 and BET. With his influences in 60's soul, funk and jazz, and his experience playing the piano in a black gospel church as a teenager, Hugh toured for several years in support of this record, bringing his high-energy live show to music halls and nightclubs around the world such as Tipitina's in New Orleans, The Apollo Theater in Harlem, The Hammersmith Odeon in London and The Ace Of Clubs in Nashville. With his soulful voice, virtuoso keyboard playing and poetic lyrics about love and life, Grayson Hugh was soon singled out by music critics as a singer/songwriter of real importance. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr., writing for Musician Magazine in November 1989, said: " Irony fans, please note: The soul man is a dinosaur in decline, right? Al Green went and got religion, Dennis Edwards is in exile from The Temptations again and, let's face it, Luther Vandross is way too cool to sweat. So who's left to save the genre? Some down-and-dirty black powerhouse who grew up in a suburb of Hell, singing in the local church? Not quite. He's a white guy from a suburb of Hartford, Connecticut. And the first time he was ever in a black church and saw somebody whip out a tambourine, he jumped a mile. Meet Grayson Hugh and the music he likes to call 'poetry with an attitude'. Of the currently active soul men, he is, arguably, the best in class."