The music of Canadian folk and country singer-songwriter William Prince unfurls like a classic campfire story, his dusky baritone evokes a journeyman with a troubadour spirit.
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Genre: Folk & Country
From: Peguis First Nation of Manitoba, Canada
Latest Release: “Always Have What We Had” from upcoming new album Reliever (out 02/07/20).
Style: The music of William Prince unfurls like a classic campfire story, midnight road trip conversation, or well-worn, dog-eared novel passed down through generations. Each line delivered in his dusky baritone evokes a journeyman, troubadour spirit buoyed by stained glass soul with the gusto to reach steeple-size heights.
Counting Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson (as well as books like April Raintree and Fahrenheit 451) among chief influences, he ultimately cites his preacher and musician father as the biggest inspiration. “My whole life I listened to my dad’s deep voice singing gospel,” he says. “In a sense, I make folk-country tunes inside of a gospel framework. It can be really powerful, but it brings calm.”
If you like: The Jerry Cans, Craig Cardiff, Donovan Woods, Rose Cousins, Begonia.
Listen to… his album ‘Earthly Days’ – winner of the 2017 Juno Awards.
Watch… ‘The Spark’ music video.
- Digital Drum — 20 Questions with William Prince. Here.
- CBC Canada — Juno-winning singer William Prince’s ‘indigeneity’ always on his mind. Here.
- 2017 Juno Award for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year: Earthly Days.