KING RHYTHM-N-BLUES – PRINCE
The talented and mega-popular singer Prince has released hundreds of musical compositions and almost forty studio albums, 100 million copies of his records have been sold in the world. All this gave him a kind of creative freedom, he could afford unpredictable acts, shocking and eccentricity. And once he just wanted to change his stage name to a complex graphic symbol. He worked for hours in his home studio, and then, going to the thousands of fans on stage, enveloped them with his magic. At first he drove the audience into a frenzy, after which he forced him to listen carefully to the lyrical song. This was the secret of his popularity and magic, fueled by incredible performance.
Life for two
This virtuoso guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and outrageous singer was called a real rebel and a true propagandist of freedom. He was born on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis and was named Prince Rogers Nelson. Singer Prince His mother, an American of European descent, Matti Della, was a jazz singer. His father, African American John Lewis Nelson, was a pianist and composer.
The head of the family led the musical group The Prince Rogers Trio. The team performed at various parties and local concerts. To support his family, John worked at the factory, doing heavy manual labor, although music was the dream of his life. Prince grew up watching his father suffer from the inability to devote himself to his beloved work. Then the boy promised himself to live an exciting musical life for the two of them. This desire and desire of the son to earn fatherly love forced Prince to spend hours honing his singing and performing skills.
John had a difficult character, so the children were even afraid of him. After work, he often did not come in a mood and began to find fault with the singer Prince for offspring for any trifle. The sisters were more accommodating, so they tried their best to please the parent, but Prince, on the contrary, easily got into a verbal skirmish with his father. One of these family scandals ended sadly. John in his hearts shouted to his son to get out of the house. Of course, this was just an emotional statement from an angry father, but Prince did not stay. So, at age 15, he got over to friends, expecting his father to cool off and call him home. But wayward John did not want to be the first to go make up. Prince had to earn a living and simultaneously make music.
Prince’s creativity – back on track
Inquisitive by nature, a young man constantly got involved with bad companies, which tried to cash in at his expense. After another quarrel, singer Prince, friends or some revelry, an annoyed young man found an outlet in the Lutheran parishes. He came there not only to communicate with God (a connection with which he felt from early childhood), but also in order to care for his beloved roses.
Cousin of Prince decided to look after him and participate in the life of a young talent. She added him in 1977 to her husband’s group – 94 East. A relative quickly found an approach to the guy and helped to direct creative energy in the right direction. The very next year, Prince prepared the material, recorded and produced the album “For You” himself. Since then, his star has only gained brightness.
The first real hit of the young musician “I Wanna Be Your Lover” was presented to him by the singer Prince not only fame, but also brought the respect of critics. Music commentators spoke of a special “Minneapolis sound,” and later unanimously declared Prince to be his ancestor. It was he who was able to stylistically combine simultaneously several directions: rock, pop, synth-pop, funk and new wave music.
A true take-off in the artist’s career occurred at the turn of the 1970s and 80s when he released the album “Prince”, which included the famous song “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?”. From beginning to end, he wrote, arranged and performed everything himself in the album. The number of copies sold worldwide made it platinum.
From one collection to another, the creative face of Prince has changed, adding even more color to his extraordinary image. The third album of the singer “Dirty Mind” in 1980 turned out to be the most provocative because of the presence of the singer of the Princely and even to some extent impudent lyrics and the image that Prince chose for himself. From that time on, he began to wear defiant outfits and stilettos. Once, he performed as the opening act for The Rolling Stones and fans even threw plastic bottles at him. Although the artist was not particularly upset, because he never tried to adapt to the audience and someone like it. On the contrary, he wanted to show the world himself what he was, to conquer with his scandalousness. Prince believed that born in a world of contrasts, where there are black and white colors, good and evil, day and night, men and women, being one is simply not permissible, because everything must exist in harmony.