June 17 2014 05:12 PM

Singer / songwriter holds dual citizenship ahead of a new-album release

Gregory Page
Gregory Page

Singer / songwriter Gregory Page is getting ready to put out a new album, One Way Journey Home, and with its release just over the horizon, he's also redefining "home."

As of mid-June, Page now holds dual citizenship in the United States and Ireland. He has no plans to leave San Diego, but because he tours Europe so frequently—he's currently on a European promotional tour—he said it made more sense to apply for citizenship than to continue renewing a work visa.

"I've never been to Nashville, but I've probably seen every town in the Netherlands," he says in a phone interview. "I realized how important it is to be part of the European community. This makes it so much easier for me to tour in Europe."

Page was able to apply for citizenship in Ireland because his mother was born in Dublin. Page, himself, is a native of the United Kingdom, though he made the trek to the United States when he was a teenager in the 1970s.

"I was 14 when we came to San Diego," he says. "When we came [to the U.S.], I had to give up my U.K. citizenship." 

Page describes One Way Journey Home, due out in September, as an "Irish-sounding" album. He says that a lot of the lyrics on the album—the result of a long period of recording with Jason Mraz—explore the meaning of home.

"Jason Mraz and I have been working on it for a year together," he says. "A lot of it is about that feeling of where home is." 

After Page's European tour is done, he'll play a homecoming show on Saturday, July 19, at Lestat's in Normal Heights. 

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