You’d be surprised to discover that amazon singer, LiV Warfield, who rocks a short, platinum do with perfectly winged eye liner, was once a shy and ashamed. But the Illinois native has come out of her shell. Mr. Purple Rain himself, Prince, validated Warfield by hand-picking the former track star from a powerful YouTube clip. An artist who embodies a fusion of R&B with a splash of soul, sprinkled with rock-n-roll, Warfield’s fearless lyrics and dominating voice reign supreme.
Warfield’s inspiring story of chasing her dream to her rising stardom includes her debut at this year’s Essence Festival and her induction into Prince’s world-class super band New Power Generation. Her talent is explosive, with her captivating performances complete with raging horns and aggressive guitars. Warfield takes full flight with her second release, The Unexpected, produced by her musical mentor Prince. With her straight-no-chaser style, reeking of passion and dripping vulnerability, even her imperfections are perfect. Warfield confidently shatters her cocoon, commanding audiences nationwide, with a living legend co-signing her along the way.
Check out the former gymnast’s interview on how she and Prince hooked up, her new album, and her incredibly inspiring words for any frustrated dream chaser.
UPTOWN: Tell us all about Essence Fest, how was it?
LiV Warfield: Essence was incredible! It was my first Essence Fest, so I really didn’t know what to expect, but it was everything beyond my expectations. It was really cool to see people come together on a positive note celebrating the music. The coming together of it was incredible.
U: Did you perform?
LW: Yes, I did! I performed with Prince, then we performed at the House of Blues later that night at three in the morning. Then turned around and performed at the Super Lounge the next day, so it was a super busy weekend.
U: How has performing at such a huge musical event helped your career?
LW: Honestly, it’s really cool to see my music out to the masses of the people. It’s really hard to get played on the radio just because of the songs they play now, so it’s good to see people watch it live and listen to what I do and what my band do.
U: How did you and Prince hook up together? He discovered you on YouTube, right?
LW: He saw a YouTube clip of me singing “Gimme Shelter.” What’s funny about it is, good friend of mine Rick Curt told me Prince was looking for some singers and that I should send it. I was like “Yeah right, I know I’m not going to hear anything from him, like that’s crazy!” I had forgot about it, but three to four months later I got a call back when he told me to come to Paisley Park and the rest is history.
I wouldn’t think it would be me. It shows you how life can really change on you. I kind of wanted to take a break from singing because as an independent artist it’s so hard. So many things go against you just to get your music heard. When I got on with Prince it changed my life. It changed the way I thought and looked at music. I’m thinking about it now and I still can’t believe I’m with New Power Generation.
U: Your story is so dope! It proves dreams really can come true!
LW: Yes! I never wanted to give up. I really had faith in the situation. I never gave up on it. I had to put fear aside for a second. You have to know that there’s something on the other side.