FUNKY NEW YEAR 2020 at PAISLEY PARK with a funky performance by a supergroup of musicians that were members of Prince’s band throughout his career, THE FUNK SOLDIERS; funky-diva Grammy-award artist JUDITH HILL; and funky bassist and co-architect of the Minneapolis Sound, ANDRE CYMONE. PRNFamily is honoring the philanthropic and humanitarian legacy of Prince by inviting the community to donate non-perishable food items, winter coats and gloves to Sabathani Community Center. In exchange for your kind generosity, tickets are available for $20.20, courtesy of PRNFamily.
Over the course of her remarkable career thus far, singer/songwriter Judith Hill has shared her musical gifts in a variety of ways. The Los Angeles native has been a background singer for such legends as Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ringo Starr and the late Michael Jackson, serving as the latter’s duet partner on the classic ballad, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” on Jackson’s posthumously-released film This Is It. She also appeared in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of several acclaimed background singers, and earned a Grammy Award for “Best Music Film” for her participation. Following This Is It, Hill appeared on The Voice, where she began to cement her identity as a solo artist. After hearing her original songs and watching Hill sing live, Prince produced and played on her debut solo album, Back in Time. The album is an amalgam of soul, funk, blues, and jazz, and showcases Hill’s soulful, powerhouse voice and considerable songwriting prowess.
Andre Cymone is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. Raised in Minneapolis, Cymone and his schoolmate Prince layed the foundation for the revolutionary “Minneapolis sound”. After Prince signed a record deal he asked Cymone to join him as bass player for his band, pre-Revolution. In 1981 Cymone left Prince’s band and began his own solo career, releasing 3 new wave/funk fusion albums that spawned several R&B singles, including 1985’s Prince-penned Top 10 hit “The Dance Electric.” Cymone also established himself as an in-demand producer, co-writing and producing songs for a diverse array of acts, including Adam Ant, Tina Turner, and Jody Watley who’s Cymone produced self titled album won her a Grammy Award for “Best New Artist and gave her several top 5 hits including “Looking for a New Love”, “Still A Thrill”, and “Real Love”. In 2014, Cymone ended a self-imposed 27-year recording hiatus with the album The Stone, that saw the artist emerge with some of the most accomplished and personal music he’s ever made. The follow up album titled 1969 was released internationally in September 2017 and has received rave reviews. Andre is back in the Studio working on sixth full length album, this collection Cymone says “will be a Resurrection Of The Funk and a return to my roots”.
DJ Dudley D was a resident DJ at Paisley Park spinning hundreds of late-night parties for Prince from 1997 until his passing. Dudley D also toured and performed with Prince around the world. He can be seen on the “Prince – Live At The Aladdin Las Vegas” as a special guest. Currently, you can find Dudley D playing some of the best nightclubs that Minneapolis has to offer. He is also the Music Director for the Minnesota Timberwolves, The World Champion Minnesota Lynx, University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Men’s Basketball team, and Minnesota United FC. He trademarked the saying “No Music. No Party” and Prince declared “DJ Dudley… He’s the best!” on a live webcast that was broadcast around the world from Paisley Park in 2014 while Dudley D was spinning.
Funk Soldiers, a super-group of musicians that were members of Prince’s band throughout his extraordinary music career.
Funk Soldiers Kirk Johnson, Drums Shelby J, Vocals Kip Blackshire, Vocals Mike Scott, Guitar “X”, Keys Adrian Crutchfield Saxophone Joey Rayfield, Trombone Lynn Grissett, Trumpet
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