Prince was a singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer, considered one of the best musicians of his generation. He was considered a guitar virtuoso and recognized for his wide vocal range, which included a powerful falsetto and high-pitched screams. He was also a dancer, actor, and director.
Born on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince Rogers Nelson was always flamboyant in character and androgynous in style.
His music was always considered innovative as it combined a wide variety of styles such as funk, R&B, Latin, rock, new wave, classical, soul, synth-pop, psychedelia, pop, jazz and hip hop. He pioneered the Minneapolis sound, a subgenre of funk rock that emerged in the late 1970s.
Prince signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records at the age of 19 and achieved critical success with the groundbreaking albums Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981) and 1999 (1982). His sixth album, Purple Rain (1984) spent six consecutive months atop the Billboard 200.
In his career he released 39 albums and it is estimated that he wrote more than 1,000 songs. Songs like “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Manic Monday” were written by him. Prince sold more than 150 million records worldwide, ranking him among the best-selling music artists of all time.
Why do you remember Prince on April 21?
Prince passed away on April 21, 2016 of an accidental fentanyl overdose at age 57., which shocked his followers and unleashed a wave of pain around the world.
Paisley Park, where Prince lived and worked, has received thousands of fans since his death as it has been converted into a museum to celebrate his legacy. On Wednesday, it will host 1,400 select fans to commemorate the musician’s fifth death anniversary from his creative sanctuary.
The huge interior courtyard of the studio will be open to those who were quick to make their free reservation. While other fans can leave flowers and souvenirs outside the main doors in front of the statue in the shape of their famous purple symbol of love.
“We celebrate his life and legacy every day at Paisley Park, a place Prince wanted to share with the world,” Paisley Park CEO Alan Seiffert said in a statement.
“So on this day we especially recognize the incredible strength and inspiration that Prince has in people’s lives and we open our doors to them to pay tribute.”
Paisley Park will also post a memorial online at Paisleypark.com.
With information from The Associated Press