September 26, 2019

Prince masterpiece ‘When Doves Cry’ Re-imagined for the song’s 35th Anniversary by former Temptations lead singer, Louis Price, and gold record recipient, pianist, and producer, Starr Parodi.

“Why do we scream at each other?”

The question Prince asked 35 years ago inspires Los Angeles artists in acoustic neo-soul arrangement that explores lyric’s current relevancy to global relationships. Available now!

In the summer of 1984, the world-renowned musician, Prince, released his iconic ‘Purple Rain’ album that would go on to receive multiple awards during his lifetime and beyond. One of the album’s…..

signature songs, ‘When Doves Cry’, earned the American Music Award for Favorite Song – Soul/R&B in 1985. Recently, multi-award-winning pianist and composer, Starr Parodi, and former Temptations lead singer, Louis Price were moved by current events to re-imagine this preeminent song.

Parodi met Prince while playing keyboards in the Arsenio Hall Show house
band in the 90’s. “When I recently reflected on the lyrics, ‘why do we
 scream at each other’”, Parodi explained, “the significance of those
 words hit me like never before. They embody
 the heartbreak and division of what I’m seeing every day in the news
 and on social media”. Parodi is an award-winning pianist who won an RIAA
 Gold Record for her popular version of The James Bond Theme. In 2017,
she was awarded Best Piano Album-Solo by ZMR
 International Radio Broadcasters for her work on “The Heart of Frida”. 
Parodi also serves as the President of the Alliance for Women Film
 Composers.

Louis Price, former Temptations lead singer, had his own take on the
 lyrics from 1984. “Why did Prince write this song? I feel it’s because
 there was a lot of confusion going on in the world at that time, and 
it’s going on in our world right now”. Louis has 
performed globally on stage and in studio, and can be heard on films 
including The Lion King, Happy Feet, and Superfly. He has also 
performed on recordings with Elton John, Carole King, and Mary J.
Blige.

Parodi and Louis re-imagined ‘When Doves Cry’ in an acoustic neo-soul
 arrangement that blends Starr’s haunting Steinway piano textures and
 melodies with Louis’ vocal depth and heart. Both artists spontaneously
 performed the song for a benefit audience in Santa
 Monica, California. “We received such an incredible response,” Parodi
 recalled, “that Louis and I decided we needed to capture the emotion of
 this new take on ‘When Doves Cry’”. Louis added, “We got people fussin’
 at each other all the time, making a lot 
of noise and creating a lot of pain. The sentiment in this song can
 really help bring people together.”

Central to re-imagining “When Doves Cry” is their respect for Prince and
 his legacy. Parodi said, “We wanted to pay homage to Prince and his
 call for peace through his art.” Louis agreed. “The time to release this 
new arrangement is now.”

The new Starr Parodi and Louis Price collaboration of “When Doves Cry”
can be streamed/downloaded on all digital platforms including iTunes,
Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, and Pandora.