Prince Rogers Nelson, Dead at 57
Post By D. A. Collins-Nears
April 21, 2016: What a lost. Prince Rogers Nelson, June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016, was arguably one of the most talented philosophers, singers, musicians, actors and overall entertainers of all generations. And, he was absolutely the prettiest, most attractive man that most of us have ever seen—beautiful inside and out.
Prince's physical presence will be missed, but the sound of his voice, words, music and his outstanding global influence will live on forever.
With sincere condolence Focus VI and the entire WSTA Family extend our thoughts, hearts and prayers to Prince's family, band members and friends.
Rest in peace Prince Rogers Nelson.
Prince Rogers Nelson, Dead at 57
Prince (Musician) | From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016), known as Prince, was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was a musical innovator and known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain..He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of 100 Greatest Artists – "the most influential artists of the rock & roll era".
Prince was born in Minneapolis and developed an interest in music as a young child.He secured a recording contract with Warner Bros. at the age of 18, and released his album For You in 1978. His 1979 album Prince went platinum, and his next three records—Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982)—continued his success, showcasing Prince's trademark of prominently sexual lyrics and blending of funk, dance, and rock music. In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as the Revolution and released Purple Rain, which served as the soundtrack to hiseponymous 1984 film debut and was met with widespread acclaim. After releasing the albums Around the World in a Day (1985) and Parade (1986), The Revolution disbanded, and Prince released the double album Sign o' the Times(1987) as a solo artist. He released three more solo albums before debuting the New Power Generation band in 1991.
In the early 1990s, Prince became embroiled in a contractual battle with Warner Bros. For that reason, in 1993, he changed his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol, , also known as the "Love Symbol", was soon referred to as "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince", and began releasing new albums at a faster pace to remove himself from contractual obligations to Warner Bros. He released five records between 1994 and 1996 before signing with Arista Records in 1998. In 2000, he began referring to himself as "Prince" again. He released 16 albums after that, includingThe Rainbow Children (2001). His final album, HITnRUN Phase Two, was first released exclusively on the Tidalstreaming service on December 11, 2015.
Prince died at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21, 2016, at the age of 57.