St. Paul Peterson, a teenage wunderkind who performed keys with The Time in Purple Rain before signing to Prince’s Paisley Park label as lead singer of The Family (‘Nothing Compares 2 U’), is acknowledged as one of the best musicians to emerge from the Twin Cities.
St Paul (as named by Prince) has assembled the "who's who" of the Minnesota music scene into a band called The Mpls Funk All Stars.
The chart-topping, synth-heavy pulse that came out of the Twin Cities has been credited as one of the most vital R&B movements of the past 30 years. Popularized by Prince’s mega hit movie ‘Purple Rain’ and its accompanying soundtrack ‘The Minneapolis Sound’ became a musical juggernaut that spawned hits from artists such as The Time, Vanity 6, Morris Day, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Sheila E, Jody Watley, The Jets, Ready For The World and many more.
St Paul is Musical Director for Sold Out Nothing Compares 2 Prince shows
St Paul was asked to organize and arranged a tribute to Prince, involving musicians and singers from each era of his career. The result was 2 incredible shows at Sydney Opera House, and one at Hamer Hall in Melbourne.
Prince alumni included Jellybean Johnson, Tori Ruffin, Ricky Peterson, Shelby J, Liv Warfield, Cassandra O'Neal, Queen Cora, The NPG Hornz (Adrian Crutchfield, Lynn Grisset, B.K. Jackson), Nik West and Tyka Nelson.