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Nashville Takes Notice of William Prince

by Rich and Laura Lynch

Perhaps you have been hearing a lot about a certain Prince of England in recent weeks but there is another notable Prince that has Nashville and the music industry on notice. Paste magazine crowned William Prince one of their top 10 Country Artists to Watch for in 2020. Rolling Stone has listed William's single "The Spark" as one of the 10 Best Country American Songs to Hear Now. In Canada, he won a Juno Award for Best Contemporary Roots album, has opened for Neil Young and recently wrapped up a European tour with Grammy-nominated singer Yola

Nashville Takes Notice of William Prince
The new William Prince album "Reliever" made it's Nashville debut at RCA Studio B.

William Prince was in Nashville on January 29, 2020 at RCA Studios to advance his Glassnote Records release Reliever (February 07, 2020). Without a lot of and pomp and circumstance, Williams armed with an acoustic took his spot at the mic in the legendary room. The storied studio's exterior has been renovated but the interior has been restored to its 1970s-era prime as an analog "temple of sound" where Elvis and others recorded some of their biggest hits.

RCA was an ideal spot to showcase the music of this insightful and intense artist who has seen his share of hard times thus he truly sings from the heart. After a short Q&A, Prince presented a concise set reflecting the rich vibrancy of his stark soundscapes. Highlights from Reliever were the profound prose of "Always Have What We Have", "Old Souls" and the "The Spark". This show also featured his breakout song "Breathless". On the spot Prince crafted a witty rap about the room after stating how much it meant to him to be in Studio B.

William was born in Selkirk, Manitoba and raised on the Peguis First Nation. Thus, Prince counts Chief Peguis as a direct ancestor. His father was a preacher who exposed his son to music within the church. William's diverse influences include icons like Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. In the ten years leading up to his debut, Prince made attempts at recording but with little results. He joined a First Nations rock group called Indian City, fronted by Vince Fontaine, and kept writing his own lyrics.

In 2015, with the assistance of producer Scott Nolan, Prince finally put out his first album Earthly Days which earned the artist a number of awards along with admiration from peers and press alike. On the strength of the debut William was able to work with 6x Grammy winning Nashville-based producer Dave Cobb on his next record. For this much anticipated project, the songwriter started with the word "reliever" - which shapes a collection of exceptionally rendered explorations of what, who and how peace is found.

William joins Anderson East, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson as some of the royal line of talent who has collaborated with Cobb on their ascent up the charts. For Prince it's his songs paired with simple accompaniment that allows the stories to surface. His beguiling baritone voice adds depth to lyrics that are packed with emotion guaranteeing that Reliever will soon have the music community in Nashville and beyond on notice.

Nashville Takes Notice of William Prince
The legendary RCA Studio B facilities on Music Row.

Related Links: For more information on WILLIAM PRINCE and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links -- William Prince | RCA Studio B


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