Primarily known and renowned for his upbeat, rocking brand of country music, Michael Christopher is changing the pace with his latest release, an ode to a music legend and a cover of one of the more highly regarded songs in music history.
“Purple Rain”, ranked #18 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time, is widely regarded as one of pop icon Prince’s best releases. Originally written as a country song and intended to be a collaboration with Stevie Nicks, the song was recorded and released with his band The Revolution and was the title track for the 1984 album of the same name.
“Purple Rain, like most Prince songs, has a very distinct vibe”, Michael shares. “It truly makes you stop, listen and get into the song. I’ve always been drawn to songs like that”.
Michael has long been a fan of the song, and, as part of their ever-evolving and unique live show, decided to add it to the band’s set list.
“A few years ago when Prince passed away, we decided to randomly play this song a show. Ever since then, it has evolved into our own unique version, like most of the other iconic covers we perform. To this day, people are still pleasantly surprised that we, as a country band, play this song”.
Michael’s version of song pays tribute to the original while also incorporating elements of his own brand of music, something that become a trademark of his over the years, covering other hits including “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak and “The Boys Of Summer” by Don Henley.
This marks the first release of the year for Michael. After a busy 2022 when he and his band totaled nearly 100 shows, 2023 promises to be another step forward for the singer-songwriter, with new music and a full calendar of shows on the way.