Brother Nelson: Prince Memorial Held At His MN Church w/ Friend & Mentor Larry Graham
This past weekend, 500 people gathered at Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Minnetonka, MN for an invite-only memorial service that commemorated their late member, Prince, who passed of still unconfirmed causes on April 21st in his Paisley Park home and studio. The service was attended by fellow church-goers and high-profile friends of the beloved Purple One alike, as well as one man that straddles that line, the legendary Larry Graham, who served as mentor and dear friend to Prince up until the day of his death, even joining him on tour in the late-nineties.
It was Graham that introduced Prince to the church, famously knocking on doors in their hometown as Jehovah's Witnesses do. The service follows last week's all-star salute in Los Angeles, featuring performances from Janelle Monae and Esperanza Spalding, as well as words from Nile Rodgers and Spike Lee at a private even that was organized by Prince's ex-wives.
Obviously, no footage has surfaced from this weekend's surface, but according to Billboard, the program capped-off with a recital of "See Yourself When All Is New" and a closing prayer. It's back cover featured a quote from his 3121 number ""Beautiful, Loved and Blessed," reading: "If I were to ever write down my life story, I could truly say with all the fame and glory, I was just a piece of clay in need of the potter's hand."