With roots in the realm of country-folk, Winnipeg-based singer-songwriter William Prince garnered global attention for his debut album, Earthly Days. It introduced the songwriter’s poignant philosophy and rich baritone to the world. His breakout song “Breathless,” found audiences worldwide for this remarkable artist.
Prince’s influences, from the gospel of his childhood to the pantheon of classic outlaw country singers, baseball and the great beyond, shape his approach to song craft, a master class in skilful simplicity. He approaches the big questions with humility and curiosity.
Born in Selkirk, Manitoba, and raised on the Peguis First Nation, Prince counts Chief Peguis as a direct ancestor. His father was a preacher and a musician, and many of his first musical experiences are rooted in playing alongside his father in church. A music lover with diverse tastes, he was influenced by country icons like Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson in finding his own voice – a rich, deep and soothing voice.
His latest album, Gospel First Nation (2022) tells stories of family and faith in the age of grief. The album explores Prince’s own family tree, the places and music that shaped his childhood, and explores the extremely complicated relationship of faith and colonialism with grace and empathy.