One of the key players in Prince's sound in the late '80s and early '90s has been hit with a series of health challenges. Rosie Gaines was reportedly hospitalized in December for a serious infection in both of her legs. Friends and collaborators are rallying to help her with a benefit show in her current hometown of Oakland.
As a singer, keyboardist, and songwriter, Gaines provided crucial contributions to 1991's Diamonds and Pearls. In addition to the scorching vocals alongside the Purple One that secured the title track as one of his classics, she also brought "Nothing Compares 2 U" to life in a live version featured on his '93 deluxe hits package. Since then, she's released numerous solo projects, but complications from diabetes have hampered her ability to work.
On Saturday, January 31, Oakland-based singer Brenda Vaughn will put on the I Am My Sister's Keeper benefit show at Geoffrey's Inner Circle nightclub in the Bay Area. The goal is to raise funds to provide Gaines with a place to live.
According to Vaughn, Prince and Sheila E. have "stepped up" to help Gaines, but are not planning to take part in the show. Also, several DJs in Europe are planning remixes of her songs to garner support.
The benefit's scheduled performers include D'Wayne Wiggins from Tony! Toni! Toné!, En Vogue alum Maxine Jones, musicians from Graham Central Station, and Gaines's former collaborators in Touch of Class. Details on the show are unfolding here.
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