On April 21, 2016, the world lost an iconic musician, singer, producer, style icon, multiple award-winner and philanthropist MR. PRINCE ROGERS NELSON. This was a hard hit for the world with a legend that is incomparable and in a league of his own.
For many it felt like a bad dream, nightmare or rumor to family, friends and true fans of a man that gave so much of himself to the world naturally through his God given talents with music, business mindset, and philanthropy and as a teacher to other artists in the music industry.
Prince played over 20 instruments, wrote his first song at age 7 “Funk Machine,” danced with James Brown on stage at the age of 10, received an Oscar for “Purple Rain” in the category Best Original Song Score, had a double diamond record, sold over 21 million copies of Purple Rain, he had 6 Gold albums and 19 platinum albums. And let’s not forget he is the only artist aside from the Beatles to have a No. 1 movie, album and single in the United States at the same time with “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry.”
Thankfully, Prince will live on through his catalog of music and philanthropy. It is immortal and his gift to the world.
There is so much to say about this MUSIC legend that left us shocked and unexpectedly at age 57. After performing a rescheduled Atlanta concert after being ill with the flu, having an emergency landing in Illinois and hosting a party at his Paisley Park estate it is hard to accept our dearly beloved Prince is not here.
This was a hard hit for the world and pill to swallow with an incomparable Beautiful One giving so much with his 37 years of fame and originality in every aspect of his life.
Jason Luntz, Nashville NABJ Chapter president said, “I was lucky enough to visit Paisley Park after attending a 2015 NABJ conference. It was built like a nightclub with a huge dance floor and stage with a DJ spinning music.There was a huge in-house movie theater.”
Over the weekend, many of Prince’s friends, family and fans gathered to show love with special tributes in the form of landmarks lit up with Purple( Nashville was a part of this with the Korean bridge, The Ryman, Ascend Amphitheater, Bridgestone an Omni), parties, candlelight vigils, attending movie screenings at select theaters of Purple Rain and purchasing his music.
On April 23rd, Prince’s family and select 20 close friends gathered at his home to celebrate his life in a memorial service Sheila E. longtime friend and collaborator said, “It was very somber.” “It was sad.”
In an interview, she revealed it was an emotional service as the music played low and lights were dimmed. She also stated there are possible plans to turn Paisley Park into a museum and that she would be helping put together a tribute that would happen in Minnesota.
According to Prince’s publicist Yvette Noel-Schure, Prince’s remains were cremated and the final storage will remain private and there will be an announcement of a future date for a musical celebration. The cause of death remains unknown and it will be at least four weeks until the results of the autopsy are available.
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