R&B singer Ro James talks about the influence Prince had on him growing up and reveals that the legendary singer had a close relationship in with family. He explains which certain member of his family was close to Prince and made music with him. He tells us why he was such a “bad boy” in school when he was younger, discusses his new album, “El Dorado,” and explains how he would describe his particular brand of R&B.
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Plus, he explains why he thinks it’s harder these days for R&B music to succeed in an industry that is so much focused on hip-hop, trap and club music, and he also reveals his favorite era of R&B music. He even delivers a smooth, beautiful version of a Jodeci song, a cappella and right on the spot! Click on the audio player to hear this fascinating exclusive interview on the “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show.”
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17 Artists You Probably Didn’t Know Were Influenced By Prince
1. Maroon 5 has covered Prince’s “Purple Rain”1 of 17
2. The Weeknd has always said that Prince has been a huge influence on their vocal sound2 of 17
3. Prince can be found in Pharrell’s unique musical style3 of 17
4. Bruno Mars has called Prince one of his heroes and has paid tribute to The Purple One a number of times4 of 17
5. Usher has said in many interviews that he is influenced by Prince5 of 17
6. Janelle Monáe, known for her unique style, teamed up with Prince on the song “Given Em What They Love”6 of 17
7. Andre 3000’s style and showmanship is undeniably influenced by Prince7 of 17
8. Justin Timberlake, influenced by many legends, wrote a touching tribute to The Purple One on Instagram8 of 17
9. Prince is an obvious influence on Miguel who is often called this generation’s Prince9 of 17
10. Frank Ocean wrote a Tumblr post speaking to why he is a true Prince fanboy10 of 17
11. Soul crooner D’Angelo has covered Prince’s “She’s Always in My Hair”11 of 17
12. Alicia Keys not only has been influenced by Prince but she also covered “How Come You Don’t Call Me”12 of 17
13. Performer extraordinaire Beyonce has obvious influences on her stage presence from The Purple One13 of 17
14. St. Vincent has openly discussed how Prince influenced her debut album.14 of 17
15. One-of-a-kind songstress Lady Gaga has said Prince influenced her greatly on her ‘Born This Way’ album15 of 17
16. Beck has covered Prince songs many times and has credited him as an influence. Plus, Beck can play over 12 instruments…sound familiar?16 of 17
17. Lenny’s musicianship is undenied, just like influencer Prince. Lenny and Prince have even performed together in a battle of the guitars: https://youtu.be/RC34ZcDiCag17 of 17
Ro James On How Prince Has Influenced Him [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW] was originally published on rickeysmileymorningshow.com