William Prince is a singer/songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Raised on the Peguis First Nation Indian reservation, William Prince is quickly establishing himself in the music industry with his unique style of gritty, baritone vocals and songs that blend elements of folk, country and pop. “Acoustic guitar and amazing vocals [with] songs such as “Keep You,” “Meant for Me,” and “Young Romantics” that would pluck at anyone’s heartstrings. Princes’ deep voice, joking yet somber attitude and solid black attire [give] the impression of a modern day Johnny Cash." (The Manitoban Aug 2011)
William Prince is currently putting the finishing touches on his debut EP Young Romantics with producer Jack Shapira (Jason Kirkness/Jerry Sereda/The Details) of Unison Studios/MDM Recordings. Penned for a summer release, Prince has set his sights on touring throughout the fall to promote not only the Young Romantics EP but a second, untitled EP for the Fall of 2013. “People don’t have time to listen to 14 song records anymore. I want to release two EP’s, 7-9 songs each, in 2013 to show my fans that I have lots of strong material while still keeping them interested and excited for things to come.”
William Prince is no stranger to the stage or the methods behind crafting quality music. Picking up the guitar at 13, Prince was the lead guitar player for his father, renowned gospel singer Ed Prince (…it’s Supper Time/On Christmas Day). Writing songs since the age of fifteen, Prince went on to study towards a career in medicine while still playing solo acoustic shows throughout Manitoba. It was in 2006 Prince went on to front the alt-rock quartet A New Honour, composing all fourteen songs on their album “The Untitled Truce”. A New Honour were well received granting them 3 singles on Power 97 and Hot 103. When A New Honour went on hiatus in 2009, Prince once again turned his focus to acoustic writing. It was during this time he began to craft country songs that gained him nationwide attention on the CMT show “The Tara Diaries”. Prince later went on to write songs for Jason Kirkness’ album “Life On The Road”, scoring 3 singles on the Canadian Country Charts.
Beginning in 2010, William Prince played numerous nationally televised performances for APTN’s Breaking New Beats, Solstice Concert Series and Aboriginal Day Live (2011/2012) celebrations alongside artists such as Derek Miller and Winnipeg’s Most. William Prince also performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for Indigenous Festival 2011. It was during Aboriginal Day Live that Prince caught the attention of iconic aboriginal musician Vince Fontaine of the Juno award-winning band Eagle & Hawk. Prince and Fontaine began writing music and later Prince joined Vince Fontaine’s Indian City, a new band comprised of Juno winning artists Neewa and Tik Mason and award-winning singer/songwriter Don Amero. Indian City went on to win “Best Pop CD” at the Aboriginal Peoples' Choice Music Awards 2012 for their debut album “Supernation”.
Dubbed “the real deal and far beyond his years” (Billy the Kid), Prince has plans on releasing music that will cement himself as a force to be reckoned with in the Canadian music scene. Ambiguous tales of love gone awry with a touch of humor and hope for things to come comprise his repertoire of songs. Be sure to grab a copy of Young Romantics in 2013.