The Family Reunite 7 Hours, 13 Days After Prince's Passing To Perform "Nothing Compares 2U"
At precisely 5:07 pm CDT, Prince‘s “Nothing Compares 2 U” will be simulcast across the country on countless radio stations, marking exactly 7 hours and 13 days (taken from the song’s opening line) since the passing of the icon, the genius, The Purple One. And while it will surely be yet another example of a sprawled group therapy session, of which there have been countless since the artist’s April 21st passing, a few of his closest confidants and collaborators have joined forces to put forth their own arrangement of the classic.
St. Paul, leader of Prince side-project The Family (originally popularized “Nothing Compares 2 U” in 1985 before Sinead O’Connor‘s version arrived on the charts in 1990,) has wrangled the likes of Madhouse sax man and OG Family member, Eric Leeds (brother to former Prince/James Brown/D’Angelo tour manager, Alan Leeds) as well as Susannah Melvoin and The Minnesota Symphony (appeared on The Family’s version, playing the legendary Clare Fischer‘s arrangement as STRINGenius) to perform the breathtaking ballad with new purpose; as a dedication to the man gave so much to so many, and left a legacy of sheer, purple-crushed excellence in his wake. You can hear the heart-swelling tribute down below. Prince deserves nothing less.