Prince’s song, Deliverance, was released by Rogue Music Alliance (RMA) approximately a year after his death due to an accidental drug overdose, and a six-song EP of the same name will follow, due out this coming Friday. RMA released the Prince song in honor of Prince’s untimely death. It is available for downloaded on both Aplle music and iTunes.
According to E! Online, the previously unreleased Prince song will be the title track of DELIVERANCE, a six-song EP, which will be available for fans to download on Friday, April 21, 2017. On June 2, fans will get the opportunity to purchase the disc version of the EP, when RMA releases it across the nation.
Rolling Stone reported that Prince‘s song, Deliverance, is a gospel-tinged song that opens up with a “fierce blues riff.” The song is available digitally now, and it is streaming on Apple Music.
Prince recorded the six songs that make up the EP when he was an independent artist. He recorded the songs in a studio, according to a press release, over a two-year-long period, between 2006 and 2008. According to Rolling Stone, Prince co-wrote and co-produced all six songs on the EP with Ian Boxill, who he frequently collaborated with. Prince’s estate will earn the majority of the money made from sales of the song and EP.
Paisley Park engineer Ian Boxill said in a statement that the release of the song and EP is “timely,” and added he hopes that the hearing the songs “will bring comfort to many.” He said that they decided to go independent with the release because he believes Prince would have wanted to “get his music directly to the public.”
In an interview on People Icons: Gone Too Soon, a special airing on ABC, Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, said that her brother had predicted his own death three years ago. She said that Prince had told her he thought he had done everything he had “come to do.” She said in the interview that her brother knew he was going to die and that it was clear he was trying to prepare her in advance.
Besides Deliverance, which opens the EP, the four tracks immediately following it will be I Am, Touch Me, a version of Sunrise Sunset, and No One Else. The EP will close with an extended version of I Am.
The upcoming six-song EP, DELIVERANCE, promises to be a worthy addition to Prince’s catalog of songs. When the music icon was found dead on April 21, 2016, at Paisley Park, his fans around the United States and the world mourned his passing. Rolling Stone reported the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office revealed in June that Prince, 57, had died due to an accidental overdose of the painkiller Fentanyl. Now, Prince’s fans will get to enjoy a sort of parting gift from the musical artist, with the EP DELIVERANCE, and they will get to look forward to more of his music in the future, as the Purple One reportedly recorded many more songs before his death that have not yet been released.
By John Samuels
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