André Cymone

André Cymone is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. Raised in Minneapolis, Cymone and his schoolmate Prince laid the foundation for the revolutionary “Minneapolis sound”. After Prince signed a record deal he asked Cymone to join him as bass player for his band, pre-Revolution. Cymone toured with Prince in support of his first three albums. In 1981 Cymone left Prince’s band and began his own solo career, releasing 3 new wave/funk fusion albums that spawned several R&B singles, including 1985’s Prince-penned Top 10 hit “The Dance Electric.” Cymone also established himself as an in-demand producer, co-writing and producing songs for a diverse array of acts, including Adam Ant, Tina Turner, Tom Jones and Jody Watley who’s Cymone produced self-titled album won her a Grammy Award for “Best New Artist and gave her several top 5 hits including “Looking for a New Love”, “Still A Thrill”, and “Real Love”. In 2014, Cymone ended a self-imposed 27-year recording hiatus with the album The Stone, that saw the artist emerge with some of the most accomplished and personal music he’s ever made. The follow-up album titled 1969 was released internationally in September 2017 and has received rave reviews. Andre is back in the Studio working on his sixth full-length album, this collection Cymone says “will be a Resurrection Of The Funk and a return to my roots”.

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