Prince

Blues, Musical Artist

1958 –

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Who is Prince?

Prince Rogers Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. He has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career. He has written several hundred songs and produces and records his own music for his own music label. In addition, he has promoted the careers of Sheila E., Carmen Electra, the Time and Vanity 6, and his songs have been recorded by these artists and others, including Chaka Khan, The Bangles, Sinéad O'Connor, and Kim Basinger.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince developed an interest in music at an early age, writing his first song at age seven. After recording songs with his cousin's band 94 East, seventeen-year-old Prince recorded several unsuccessful demo tapes before releasing his debut album, For You, in 1978. His 1979 album, Prince, went platinum due to the success of the singles "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" and "I Wanna Be Your Lover". His next three records, Dirty Mind, Controversy, and 1999 continued his success, showcasing Prince's trademark of prominently sexual lyrics and incorporation of elements of funk, dance and rock music. In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as the Revolution and released the album Purple Rain, which served as the soundtrack to his film debut of the same name.

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Born
Jun 7, 1958
Minneapolis
Also known as
  • Prince Rogers Nelson
  • The Artist Formerly Known as Prince
  • T.A.F.K.A.P.
  • Prince and the Revolution
  • O(+>)
  • Unpronouncable Symbol
  • Alexander Nevermind
  • Joey Croco
  • Christopher
  • Jamie Starr
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Jehovah's Witnesses
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • Minneapolis

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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