Artist: Jennifer Bonneateau
20” x 20”, Aluminum Print
Also available in 12” x 12” Aluminum Print
Prince (1958 - 2016)
Singer- Songwriter, Philanthropist, Artistic Activist
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1958, Prince Rogers Nelson was an American singer-songwriter, philanthropist and record producer. He was a musical innovator who was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, wide vocal range and non-conformist personality. He was a master musician playing all 27 instruments on his debut album, For You, which he released as a teenager. During his career, Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide, which makes him one of the best-selling artists of all time and helped to secure his spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
Prince's powerful music challenged American complacency with songs against war, poverty, police brutality, HIV and addiction. He was a humanitarian who gave to a variety of charities, many of which benefited youth in urban communities. Prince was also a strong supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and performed at a concert in late 2015 to help raise 1.5 million dollars for the cause. He wrote the poignant song, "Baltimore", after Freddie Grey's in 2015. Prince sang, “Does anybody hear us pray / For Michael Brown or Freddie Gray? / Peace is more than the absence of war.” The song ends with the chant, “If there ain’t no justice, then there ain’t no peace.” Isn't that the truth?