Something you may not have known: Prince wasn’t only an iconic musician, he was also a sought after songwriter. He penned classics such as “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor, “Manic Monday” by The Bangles, “I Feel For You” by Chaka Khan and more. His talent went well beyond his own albums and brought success to many artists.
Recently, Prince’s estate released a never heard before recording of “I Feel For You,” sung by the man himself. It was recorded in 1978/1979 when he was 20, and it features Prince rocking on a guitar and singing an upbeat bluesy rendition of the famous song. According to NPR:
“In 1984, Chaka Khan enjoyed a career-revitalizing smash with ‘I Feel for You,’ a spangly, funky, Grammy-winning R&B crossover that featured a harmonica solo from Stevie Wonder and a guest rap from Melle Mel. The track had already been covered on records by The Pointer Sisters and Rebbie Jackson, as well as Prince’s self-titled second album, but Khan’s version is the one that became a classic.
This raw track is available for purchase via streaming services and as an A-Side 7″single for a limited time via Prince’s website!
It makes you wonder just how deep his musical vault goes.