Prince Podcast – New Season To Explore ‘Welcome 2 America’
The new season of the official Prince podcast, The Story of Welcome 2 America, will give fans an in-depth look at the late artist’s career between 2010 and 2011 to uncover the story behind the making of Welcome 2 America, the latest release to be culled from Prince’s vault.
The episodes, which began on 22 July, will also offer listeners their first chance to hear previously unreleased songs from Welcome 2 America before its full release on July 30.
According to Prince’s YouTube channel, “Over the course of four episodes, The Story of Welcome 2 America explores Prince’s creative output in 2010-2011, as the artist recorded his prescient and political album Welcome 2 America and then mysteriously archived it. Rather than releasing new music, he seemed to rededicate himself to the live experience, setting up unique concert residencies in cities around the world on his Welcome 2 America Tour. Host Andrea Swensson and special guest co-hosts Shelby J and Morris Hayes from Prince’s legendary band, The New Power Generation, will take you into the studios of Paisley Park and out onto the road to learn more about this philosophical and forward-thinking period in Prince’s career.
The first episode of The Story of Welcome 2 America is available on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.
According to a press release, Welcome 2 America features some of Prince’s only studio collaborations with bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, drummer Chris Coleman and GRAMMY-nominated engineer Jason Agel. The album also features additional contributions from New Power Generation singers Shelby J, Liv Warfield and Elisa Fiorillo, and keyboardist Morris Hayes, who co-produced several tracks on the album.
The deluxe edition of Welcome 2 America will include the full studio album as well a previously unreleased concert video of Prince’s 28 April 2011 show at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The live concert video features covers of Bob Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love and Roxy Music’s More Than This, Wild Cherry’s Play That Funky Music, Janet Jackson’s What Have You Done For Me Lately and more.
Welcome 2 America is available to pre-order here.