Meshell Ndegeocello Previews New Covers LP With Prince Song

Singer-songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello unveiled a gorgeous cover of Prince‘s “Sometimes It Snows in April,” the first offering from her upcoming covers LP, Tender Love.

Ndegeocello puts a unique yet faithful spin on Prince’s Parade ballad, opening her version with a rumbling tangle of bass and guitar that delicately unravels into the melody. Ndegeocello delivers a enthralling vocal performance, with her rich voice jumping between registers as each resonant syllable rounded off with a hush.

“I had to make something of him, for him,” Ndegeocello tells Rolling Stone of her Prince cover. “I’ve made so much because of him. I still can’t believe he’s not on the planet and this was as close to closure as I’d get.”

Tender Love follows Ndegeocello 2017 album, Ventriloquism, and is available to pre-order. The record will also feature covers of TLC’s “Waterfalls,” George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog 2017,” Janet Jackson’s “Funny How Time Flies (When You’re Having Fun),” Tina Turner’s “Private Dancer” and Sade’s “Smooth Operator.”

The cover record gets its title from Force MDs’ song “Tender Love,” a cover of which Ndegeocello has also shared. The track finds Ndegeocello flipping Force MDs’ R&B ballad into an acoustic folk tune tinged with a harmonica that unmistakably recalls Neil Young.