A long-time associate, contributing to various projects for Prince and associated artists, in a high school band with Prince and Andre Cymone, Dickerson was the Vice President of A&R with the CCM label, Prince contributed several songs for her on albums over the years, including the Top 10 hit ", Prince wrote the song "Sunday Afternoon" on her album, She had been an on/off member in his backing bands from 1989 until his death in 2016, Back-up dancer on tours and music videos during the early 1990s, it was then that Prince created her. Nielson joined Prince’s New Power Generation in 2010, Grantis came on board during the summer of 2012, and Welton in November that same year. The PlectrumElectrum title track is a testament to Prince’s support of their contributions. It was just the two of us, just free jamming for like 20 minutes.”. “He wants to hear [what I can do on guitar], he wants to hear Hannah add a real cool drum groove, and the same with Ida playing a super funky bass line.”. Though he writes the songs, he solicits their input during the recording process. He’s a great arranger, master of arranging songs on the spot.”, Having a background in jazz prepared the ladies for such spontaneity. “A big part of playing with Prince is to know all his material,” Grantis tells Yahoo Music during a telephone interview with the band. Prince doesn’t just expect 3RDEYEGIRL to quickly shift gears on stage. We have to pay attention. “We all studied jazz for quite sometime. Clearly, 3RDEYEGIRL’s ability to catch on quickly and master their instruments impressed the legendary soul rocker. “When he brings a song in to the three of us, he’ll tell us what the chords are, but, in general, he’s looking for us to arrange it,” Grantis shares. Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman were key members of the Revolution, providing guitars and keys respectively, to several early Prince projects, including Purple Rain. We want to hear from you! “When he walked in, he was just being super nice, asking me about my bass, what kind of bass, just making me go into a bit of nerd mode,” Nielsen said. “We really want to get to a place where people are looking and saying, ‘Oh my God, that’s a female band,'” Welton explains. Nielson, who said it had always been her dream to play with Prince, says he quickly made her comfortable. Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Prince's Band the Revolution Announce Reunion Shows - Pitchfork", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Prince_associates&oldid=991051561, Articles needing additional references from March 2017, All articles needing additional references, Articles with unsourced statements from March 2017, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Prince wrote and produced "The Dance Electric" for his 1985 album. If he wants to stop, he might start something else. But as with almost all artists, in order to become a star Prince had to go out on the road, which meant forming a real band. Being able to improvise is a prerequisite for playing in a band with Prince. Want more Rolling Stone? When Welton and her husband found a YouTube video of Grantis playing the song at a festival, they showed it to Prince and he said to call her. Grantis, Welton and Nielsen debunk naysayers who doubt that women musicians can rock as hard as men as evidenced on the PlectrumElectrum songs released thus far. Guitarist Donna Grantis, drummer Hannah Ford Welton and bassist Ida Nielsen, who form Prince’s new female band, 3RDEYEGIRL, have learned to read his cues. Each of the musicians ultimately received a call to work with Prince. Though they all admit to being nervous about their first Prince meeting and jam session at his Paisley Park studio, they describe him as down to earth. Lisa Coleman became Prince and the Revolution’s keyboardist in 1980, and Wendy Melvin joined on guitar three years later. Formed a hit producing team with Terry Lewis, Occasional NPG bassist and Prince's spiritual guide, Unofficial vocalist for the Revolution on, Has had several songs written and produced by Prince, including her 1989 hit, ", Saxophonist for Madhouse and the Revolution (and beyond) from 1986–1989, Collaborated on many projects with Prince, Performed "Melody Cool" and provided vocals for several. Send us a tip using our anonymous form. “He made me at [ease] very quickly. The music icon never performs the same show twice, and is even known to deviate from his rehearsed set list. He might go apart from the set list we have. Guitarist Donna Grantis, drummer Hannah Ford Welton and bassist Ida Nielsen, who form Prince’s new female band, 3RDEYEGIRL, have learned to read his cues. On Tuesday, actor and comedian Maya Rudolph will host “Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince,” a primetime CBS TV special recorded in January. “What’s really cool about this is the girls and I came into this camp with years of training and studying, more specifically jazz,” Grantis explains. They worked on some of … It’s like learning how to speak to other musicians in the form of music.”. Kat Dyson Southern-born guitarist/vocalist Kat Dyson relocated to Los Angeles from Montreal via Minneapolis where she was a featured guitarist & vocalist with Prince as a member of the New Power Generation. “A … “He likes to switch it up. 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Prince played keyboards in the studio for Stevie Nicks' song, "Stand Back". © Copyright 2020 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. [citation … Prince produced a 1991 album for her, which included five songs he co-wrote. So his backing musicians have to be prepared for the unexpected. It’s a little more rare, but when you close your eyes and listen to the music, you can’t tell. It should always go back to the art of music and love of music.”. On Tuesday, Prince releases two new albums, a solo set, Art Official Age, and PlectrumElectrum, 3RDEYEGIRL’s debut full length. Ex-wife and former band member, providing backing vocals and stage dancing. “PretzelBodyLogic” knocks with hard rock electric guitars, humming bass and smashing drums. Contributed vocals to many of his tracks, both solo and as a member of The Steeles, Prince's girl-group side project from 1982–1983, This page was last edited on 28 November 2020, at 00:32. It is really a genre where you put your improv skills to the test. Prince wrote and produced several songs for Campbell's 1993 solo album, provided vocals on several of Prince's albums and acted in. It got her an audition in the group. Her contributions to this musical alliance can be heard on the following recordings: Emancipation, The Truth and Newpowersoul.
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