After Empire: Greg Banks profile

Music from the soul: Greg Banks is making his dreams come true in New York, but his heart will always be in New Orleans. As a kid, he'd follow the musical processions in the streets. By the time he was 5, he knew music was "it."

Greg has already put out four independent albums. His new EP "Lagnappe" is Creole for "A little something extra." His music is a fusion of soul, funk, and rock and roll. His unique style just as undefinable and often inspiring stares and questions.

He showed me some of his favorites, most vintage. There are often comparisons to Jimi Hendrix, Prince and Lenny Kravitz.

At the Shrine in Harlem, he takes the stage -- and owns it. Greg Banks, a true original.

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