William Prince

Manitoba

William Prince

Winnipeg songwriter William Prince approaches the big questions with humility and curiosity. His influences and references—from the gospel of his childhood to the pantheon of classic outlaw country singers, baseball, and the great beyond—shape his approach to songcraft. Prince’s JUNO Award winning debut, Earthly Days (2015), introduced the songwriter’s poignant philosophy and rich baritone with his breakout song “Breathless” finding audiences worldwide. For Prince’s sophomore album, 2020’s Reliever, he began with that single word, which informed a collection of exceptionally-rendered explorations of what, who, and how peace is found. Relievers come in all forms—for Prince, it is song. With its emphasis on words and confidently unfussed accompaniment, Reliever puts Prince’s gift for sparking powerful emotions of both personal and communal relevance at the fore. A masterclass in skillful simplicity, Reliever works a generous and profound kind of magic. Prince’s trajectory from Peguis First Nation in Manitoba to opening for Neil Young has seen the relative newcomer find esteem and career-changing opportunity wherever he performs and recent accolades include the Polaris Music Prize Long List, SOCAN Songwriting Prize, and the German Record Critics’ Award for Album of the Year. We are very excited to welcome William Prince to Celtic Colours this year.

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