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Prince Lived In Min­nesota And Was Loyal To His Home State

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DREAM TEEN Mag­a­zine se­lects Prince Rogers Nel­son, known as Prince, as our pick. Prince Rogers Nel­son was born in Min­neapo­lis; he de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in mu­sic as a young child. See what sev­eral friends and the me­dia has to say.

DREAM TEEN Mag­a­zine se­lects Prince Rogers Nel­son, known as Prince, as our pick. Prince was born in Min­neapo­lis, where he de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in mu­sic as a young child. Sev­eral friends and the me­dia have said the fol­low­ing: Prince passed away at his Pais­ley Park stu­dio in Chan­has­sen, Min­nesota, on Thurs­day and the world fi­nally knew what it re­ally sounded like when doves cried. Though the icon left an enor­mous, Prince sym­bol shaped hole in the hearts of mil­lions, the Twin Cities were es­pe­cially rocked with tremen­dous sad­ness at the loss of Min­nesota’s most iconic son. Why didn’t Prince ever leave Min­nesota? Be­cause what mat­tered to Prince was his roots — not fol­low­ing the crowd. At the news of Prince’s death, his home state im­me­di­ately went into mourn­ing. The mayor of Min­neapo­lis, Betsy Hodges wrote in a trib­ute post on her blog, which reads: For the res­i­dents of Min­neapo­lis, the loss of Prince is too large to de­scribe. His mu­sic brought un­told joy to peo­ple all over the world. But in Min­neapo­lis, it is dif­fer­ent. It is harder here. Prince was a child of our city and his love of his home­town per­me­ated many of his songs. Our pride in his ac­com­plish­ments in­fuses our love of Min­neapo­lis. That love was ev­i­dent whe­when Min­neapo­lis threw an all-night dance party on Thurs­day into Fri­day morn­ing on First Av­enue, where Prince shot his leg­endary film Pur­ple Rain. Though Prince was a lone wolf in pub­lic, his big­gest goal was to im­prove the lives of oth­ers, not only through his mu­sic but through his phi­lan­thropy, and his mu­sic was a huge part of that. Prince not only sky­rock­eted to fame in the Mid­west, but he helped launch the ca­reers of sev­eral other funky, soul­ful Min­nesota artists with his rev­o­lu­tion­ary ge­nius, putting the “Min­neapo­lis sound” on thet map. Prince was, as Matt Hen­drick­son wrote in the New York Daily News on Thurs­day, echo­ing the sen­ti­ment of many, the great­est mu­si­cian ever to hail from Min­nesota. He em­bod­ied the of­ten true stereotype of “Min­nesota nice” and was loyal to his com­mu­nity. “Bob Dy­lan was born in Hib­bing, Minn., spent some time in Min­neapo­lis, but then he bolted for New York City. Prince never left. So, with all due re­spect to Mr. Dy­lan, Prince is the great­est star that my home state ever pro­duced. And itit’ss not even close, close,” H Hen­drick­son wrote. Prince was also a huge fan of the Min­nesota Vik­ings, even writ­ing a fight song for them, “Pur­ple And Gold.” And for lucky Min­neapo­lis ci­ti­zens, he was even seen rid­ing around town on his sig­na­ture mo­tor­cy­cle. Min­nesota was lit up in pur­ple on Thurs­day night in his honor. Source: http://pwww.bus­tle.com/ar­ti­cles Prince is the son of Mat­tie Della and John Lewis Nel­son. His par­ents were both African Amer­i­can, and his fam­ily an­ces­try is cen­tered in Louisiana; all four of his grand­par­ents came from that state. Prince’s fa­ther was a pi­anist and song­writer and his mother was a jazz singer. Prince was named af­ter his fa­ther, whose stage name was Prince Rogers, and per­formed with a jazz group called the Prince Rogers Trio. In a 1991 in­ter­view with A Cur­rent Af­fair, Prince’s fa­ther said, “I named my son Prince be­cause I wanted him to do ev­ery­thing I wanted to do.” Prince’s child­hood nick­name was Skip­per. Prince said that he was born epilep­tic and used to have seizures when he was young. He shared a story told to him by his mother. My mother told me one day I walked into her room and said, [Mom, I’m not go­ing to be sick any­more, and she said, Why? And I said, be­cause an an­gel told me so.] Prince wrote his first tune, “Funk Ma­chine,” on his fa­ther’s piano when he was seven. When Prince was ten years old, his par­ents sep­a­rated. Prince’s trade­mark is pre­dom­i­nantly sex­ual lyrics and a blend­ing of funk, dance, and rock mu­sic. Prince and An­der­son joined Prince’s cousin Charles Smith in a band called Grand Cen­tral when they were at­tend­ing Min­neapo­lis’s Cen­tral High School. In 1973, he met Jimmy Jam while in ju­nior high, and im­pressed him dur­ing mu­sic class with his mu­si­cal tal­ent, his early mas­tery of a wide range of in­stru­ments, and his work ethic. In Grand Cen­tral, Smith was later re­placed by Mor­ris Day on the drums. Prince played piano and gui­tar for the band, which per­formed at clubs and par­ties in the Min­neapo­lis area. Grand Cen­tral later changed its name to Cham­pagne and started play­ing orig­i­nal mu­sic in­flu­enced by Sly and the Fam­ily Stone, James Brown, Earth, Wind & Fire, Miles Davis, Ge­orge Clinton and Par­lia­ment-Funkadelic, Car­los San­tana, Jimi Hen­drix, and Todd Rund­gren. Prince also played bas­ket­ball in high school, and con­tin­ued the sport recre­ation­ally as an adult. Prince was an Amer­i­can singer, song­writer, multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist, record pro­ducer, and ac­tor. He was a mu­si­cal in­no­va­tor and known for his eclec­tic work, flam­boy­ant stage pres­ence, ex­trav­a­gant dress and makeup, and wide vo­cal range. His mu­sic in­te­grates a wide va­ri­ety of styles, in­clud­ing funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He has 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. He was in­ducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his el­i­gi­bil­ity. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at num­ber 27 on its list of 100 Great­est Artists – “the most in­flu­en­tial artists of the rock & roll era.” Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_(mu­si­cian)April- June 21

DREAM TEEN 2016

Andrew Cul­breath is Long Is­land Newsday Kids Art Con­test Win­ner and has also in­ter­viewed for Newsday. We are proud to present him as our Ju­nior

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