An exclusive interview with Prince protégé Shelby J. discussing the education that her friend and mentor Prince gave her regarding the business of music. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (April 28, 2017) Minneapolis, MN – Rock The Schools with Citizen Stewart’s executive producer, Monique Linder, filling in for host Chris Stewart, interviewed Shelby J. at Paisley Park on the final day of Celebration 2017 honoring Prince’s life and legacy to talk about her new album, “Ten”, dedicated to her friend and mentor Prince.

Shelby J. finished an amazing performance with her Prince band members from New Power Generation (NPG) that surprised the audience with a highly emotional, digital hologram effect that virtually placed Prince performing Purple Rain center stage. “I felt tears streaming down my face as I watched Prince outfitted in gold from head to toe sing Purple Rain on the screen, said Executive Producer Monique Linder. Shelby J.’s distinct voice could be heard from the stage inviting the audience to let go, feel, love and be in the moment.  The Prince symbol that hung from the ceiling in the back of the sound stage illuminated from above as a display of mark reverence and powerful symbolism of the spirit of Prince, which filled Paisley Park throughout.

Shelby J.’s energy was felt when she entered the room.  Shelby J. was the name given to her by Prince, born Shelby Johnson in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Shelby J. refers to herself as a country girl.  Releasing her new album on April 21st was a dedication to Prince, who she promised a finished album before returning to Minnesota.  Shelby J. delivered on her promise musically.  Its title reflects the 10 years she was in Prince’s band and the mentoring Prince gave her along the way. Shelby J. tells her story about how she started performing with Prince in 2006, a few months before she performed at the epic 2007 Super Bowl halftime show with Prince.

 Shelby J. debuted her album at The Dakota, a favorite music venue of Prince located in downtown Minneapolis.  Shelby J. performed with NPG on the final day of Celebration 2017 honoring the life and legacy of Prince.  Prince always referred to fans as “friends”.  Friends from around the world traveled to Minnesota to pay tribute to a music genius, educator and philanthropist.  Celebration 2017 brought Paisley Park musicians from all four decades of Prince’s performing career, from Morris Day and The Time, The Revolution, New Power Generation and 3RDEYEGIRL.  Day one featured a surprise performance by George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic.

Shelby J.’s album is available on iTunes, Amazon and at Prince’s favorite “wrecka stow”, Electric Fetus. Shelby J. ended the show with a powerful call to action to support music programs in schools. “Check in with schools in your area to find out what they need.  Help them with making contacts and fundraising”, explained Shelby J.  Music programs are the first to be cut out of school budgets.  Stay connected to Shelby J. on social media. Facebook: shelbyjmusic   Twitter @therealshelbyj

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Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven GRAMMY® Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award® for the film “Purple Rain,” all of which are displayed at Paisley Park. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Prince was born in Minneapolis and resided in the Minneapolis area throughout his life.

Paisley Park, Prince’s private estate and production compound in Chanhassen offers fans of the late music icon the unprecedented opportunity to tour the legendary, 65,000-square-foot complex that served as the center of Prince’s creative universe.  Operated by P Park Management, guided tours take visitors throughout the extensive main floor of Paisley Park, including recording and mixing studios where Prince recorded, produced and mixed most of his biggest hits, exhibit spaces that chronicle films such as Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge, Prince’s private NPG Music Club, and a massive soundstage and concert hall where Prince rehearsed for concert tours and held exclusive, private events and performances.  The tour also features thousands of artifacts from Prince’s personal archives, including iconic concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments and concert memorabilia.  Paisley Park is located at 7801 Audubon Road, Chanhassen, Minnesota, approximately 30 minutes outside of Minneapolis. For more information about Paisley Park, visit