|Perhaps one of the most polarizing figures in modern music, Prince has come to be known by his one word handle, a written symbol and “the artist formerly known as Prince” at different points in his career. An undeniable talent, the Minnesota native redefined popular music over the past three decades with his riveting combination of rock, jazz, and bubble? gum pop sounds. With hits like “Raspberry Beret” and “Little Red Corvette,” he’s built and extremely radio-friendly and well-liked discography that is still actively celebrated today. Take in this energetic wonder of popular music live by purchasing your Prince tickets today!
Early years and discovery
Prince, whose given name is actually Prince Rogers Nelson, was born in Minneapolis in 1958. He exhibited an incredible interest in music during his early years, forming his multi-instrumental talents by experimenting with the piano, percussion, bass guitar, saxophone, keyboards, the harmonica and more. Most notably, however, Prince developed a passion for singing, and performed in a number of bands as a vocalist from a young age. Prince began recording professionally at the age of 17, but he was unable to receive an offer from any major label. His producer, Chris Moon, though, was able to catch the attention of a local businessman who offered to manage Prince and help him gain exposure. recording under the guidance of his new manager, Owen Husney, Prince was ultimately able to move to California and begin recording professionally under the Warner Bros. Label. Ultimately, this led to the release of his first album, For You, in 1978.
Further releases and commercial success
For Prince, For You represented a great deal of accomplishment, but in truth it was only the beginning of a career that has spanned more than 30 years. Since releasing his debut album, Prince has put out more than 30 records, almost all of them considerably successful from a commercial perspective. Some of the more well-known albums include Prince, Purple Rain, The Gold Experience, The Black Album, Graffiti Bridge, Parade, Around the World in a Day, The Rainbow Children, The Chocolate Invasion, Xpectation, Musicology, 3121, The Slaughterhouse and Emancipation. In addition to his extremely expansive catalog of musical releases, Prince has also established himself on the silver screen, appearing in multiple films including “Graffiti Bridge” and “Sign o’ The Times.”
Awards and recognition
Unsurprisingly, Prince’s emphatically successful career has yielded him an exorbitant amount of critical acclaim. In addition to the intangible benefit of being one of the most recognizable artists of his generation, he has also received countless high-profile awards. All in all, Prince has won a total of seven Grammy awards stemming from a mind-boggling 33 nominations. Most recently, he was awarded a Grammy in 2008 labeling his song, “Future Baby Mama” the Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and establishing him as one of the rare musical powers to have transcended multiple decades at a high level.