05 May


Grayson Hugh

is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, Hammond B3 organ player and composer. (Hartford, Connecticut, October 30, 1950)

He is best known for his 1989 hit “Talk It Over,”, and his other blue-eyed soul hits “Bring It All Back” and “How Bout Us”.

In 1980, Hugh released a self-titled album (One in Nineteen Records, 1980). This album was produced by Ron Scalise, winner of 14 Emmy Awards for audio work with ESPN.

In 1987, Hugh was signed to RCA Records. He broke into the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989 with three singles from his album Blind to Reason (RCA Records, 1988). In 1989 “Talk It Over,” a song written by Sandy Linzer and Irwin Levine that Hugh arranged, reached the Top 20. After Hugh had arranged and recorded this song, Olivia Newton-John was given rights of first release, then recorded it herself and released it as a single under the name “Can’t We Talk It Over In Bed”. Hugh subsequently released his version which became a hit. His two other singles “Bring It All Back” and “How ‘Bout Us” (a remake of the 1981 Champaign hit recorded with Betty Wright) were also radio hits. Blind to Reason eventually went gold in Australia.

Hugh’s second major label album Road to Freedom (MCA Records, 1992) was voted “one of the year’s top-ten albums” by Billboard Magazine and received rave reviews. Leonard Pitts, Jr. of the Miami Herald said: “Have I heard any newcomer in the last decade who excites me as much as this guy? No.”[1]

Director Ridley Scott heard an advance pressing of Road to Freedom and wanted to put Hugh’s music in his film Thelma & Louise (1991).[2] They eventually settled on two: “I Can’t Untie You From Me” and “Don’t Look Back” (both of these songs having some additional music contributed by songwriter Holly Knight). Grayson’s gospel-tinged arrangement of Bob Dylan’s I’ll Remember You” was the featured end-title song for the film Fried Green Tomatoes (1991).[3]

In 1993, the A&R man who signed Grayson to MCA Records (Paul Atkinson) was fired, and Hugh was dropped from the label, along with the other acts Atkinson had signed. After a few years living and writing songs in rural North Carolina he wound up teaching songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Watch “What It’s All About” from “An American Record”


Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Billboard, male vocalist


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8 responses to ““GRAYSON HUGH – WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT” On YouTube

  1. silentlyheardonce

    April 21, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Love the intro of the piano, this his soulful voice and the words are powerful written. Very nice share.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. vickgoodwin

    April 25, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    I do not know him, but his voice is really nice.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. buffalotompeabody

    April 26, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Grayson Hugh is active on facebook, twitter and has a blog on WordPress where he writes about his life and music. He is also a very nice person. 👍👍

    Liked by 3 people

  4. America On Coffee

    April 26, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Thank you for this share!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Happyspirit

    September 20, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Oh my I love Grayson Hughs, first came across his music 28 years ago in Australia. Favourite song “talk it over, in bed” 👌🏼❤️

    Liked by 2 people

  6. America On Coffee

    September 20, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Grayson Hughs is a great artist with a wonderful voice! Many thanks for appreciating our music choice!!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Relax...

    May 6, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Lyrics don’t get better than these. Ever. Stunning.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. America On Coffee

    May 6, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    And so loving they are.:)

    Liked by 2 people


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