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 Minneapolis 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 and the Minneapolis Funk All Stars "Steal the Show" at the Thunder Bay Blues Festival
St Paul and the Minneapolis Funk All Stars played the Thunder Bay Blues Festival on Friday July 5 in Thunder bay, Canada. St. Paul Peterson (bass/vocals - The Time/The Family), Jellybean Johnson(guitar -The Time/The Family), Cassandra O'Neal (keys -NPG), Ashley Tamar (Grammy Award Nominee vocalist) and Gene Lake (drums)