A multi-faceted artist in the most classic sense, his songwriting, singing, and guitar playing beautifully reveal Nagy’s personalized music refreshingly and honestly infused with elements of soul, r&b, rock, and gospel. So unique and impressive was his debut release, Walk That Fine Thin Line, that it earned Nagy a prestigious Best New Artist debut nomination from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, as well as favorable reviews from hard-to-please critics at top media outlets like Down Beat, All About jazz, Blues Revue, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Living Blues, Hittin’ The Note, Elmore Magazine and more. DJs throughout North America, Europe, and Australia responded enthusiastically to Nagy’s music, which debuted on the National Living Blues Radio charts at #14 and peaked at #3 on XM satellite radio -- no small achievement.
Nagy raised his own bar several notches with the dynamic follow-up, Fell Toward None. Ken Bays of Rollingstone.com called the release one of the best of 2011. Nagy also received high praise from such notables as Bruce Iglauer of Alligator Records, Sing Out Magazine, About.com, and much more. The record further carved out his place in the upper echelon of contemporary blues inspired artists, and charted at #3 on XM radio (again, no small achievement).
On the heels of his impressive sophomore record, Nagy was given the honor of performing at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Memphis the following year for the Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (with icons the likes of Buddy Guy and Allen Toussaint present) as his star continued to rise.
Nagy's third release, Stranded, an eclectic blend of original blues, soul, and r&b released in Feb 2015, received four stars from Soul Bag, DownBeat, as well as high praise from Vintage Guitar, Blues in Britain and more. Stranded also spent 14 weeks at Number One and seven consecutive months in the Top Ten on the Root Music Soul/R&B charts. In high rotation on XM/Sirius and spinning on hundreds of stations around the globe, Stranded most recently made DownBeat's Best of 2015 and was listed the #2 album of the year for Root Music Report's Soul and R&B charts. Stranded is a recording that continues to win Greg Nagy international attention and acclaim.
Greg was a performing, writing, producing, and recording member of the acclaimed Michigan Band Root Doctor for five years. Their album Change Ours Way was nominated for a BMA in the Soul Blues Category and charted in the Top Ten for Living Blues Radio Charts in 2007. Greg has also recorded a duet with Georgia Music Hall Of Famer E.g. Kight on her BMA nominated release entitled Bad Times (produced by Paul Hornsby). Most recently he recorded guitar and vocals for the Grammy winning artist Bobby Murray. On this release, Greg sings the title track which is a song about Bobby's former boss of 23 years, the great Etta James. Love Letters From Detroit won a DMA (Detroit Music Award) in 2022. He also has recorded vocals on a track with Ronnie Earl and Nick Taborias on Nick's soon to be released album. Most recently Nagy is touring with the Larry McCray Band...
Bio Written with contributions from:
Frank Hadley (Downbeat Magazine)
Ken Bays (Rollingstone.com)