New season of Official Prince Podcast, The Story Of Welcome 2 America, debuts July 22nd

The Prince Estate, in partnership with Legacy Recordings and Sony Music Entertainment, has announced the new season of the Official Prince Podcast, The Story of Welcome 2 America, which will debut Thursday, July 22nd. The new season explores Prince’s career in 2010-2011, as the artist recorded his prescient and political album Welcome 2 America and then mysteriously archived it and will offer listeners the first chance to hear the songs on the album ahead of its official release.

The popular and award-winning Official Prince Podcast was just honored with two additional Webby Awards nominations for its eight-part series The Story of Sign O’ The Times and was both the People’s Voice Winner and the Webby Winner in Podcasts, Music Arts & Culture last month.

Hosted by music journalist Andrea Swensson and special guest co-hosts Shelby J. and Morris Hayes of Prince’s legendary band the NPG, the four-episode season will take listeners into the studios of Paisley Park and out onto the road to learn more about this prescient and philosophical period of Prince’s later-era career. The hosts will be joined by the additional musicians who performed on Welcome 2 America — Tal Wilkenfeld, Chris Coleman, Elisa Fiorillo, and Liv Warfield — plus important behind-the-scenes collaborators from the era who will shed light on Prince’s creative process and late-night conversations.

In addition to hearing the stories behind the singles “Welcome 2 America” and “Born 2 Die,” listeners will get the opportunity to hear numerous unreleased vault tracks including “Same Page, Different Book,” “Check the Record,” “1000 Light Years From Here,” “1010 (Rin Tin Tin)” and “Stand Up and B Strong” for the very first time.

The first episode will be available on Thursday, July 22nd on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.

The previously unreleased Welcome 2 America album is available July 30th.

The official podcast dedicated to Prince, the singular artist and visionary. Featuring explorations of Prince’s massive discography and new discoveries from his legendary vault of unreleased recordings, each podcast episode features unforgettable anecdotes and insights from his trusted collaborators. Brought to you by The Prince Estate, which passionately presents Prince’s life and work and aims to immerse fans, old and new, in Prince’s story.