Published Oct 19, 2020Winnipeg-based roots songwriter William Prince released his album Reliever back in February, and now he's already back with the follow-up. Gospel First Nation is out this Friday (October 23) via Six Shooter Records.
The gospel country album was inspired by Prince's family home, the Peguis First Nation community. It was here he learned songs of faith in a chapel named after his great grandfathers, who were preachers.
Most of the songs are covers, including "All His Children" (notably performed by Charley Pride) and "This One I Know" (written by William Prince's father Edward, who was also a preacher).
There are also three originals: "When Jesus Needs an Angel" is a song Prince wrote at age 14, while the title track "Gospel First Nation" is an original penned following Reliever. Hear the latter song below, plus a statement from Prince about the album.
Prince said in a statement, "We are living through an age of grief; grieving our lives, routines and families at the hand of a pandemic. I found myself wishing to return to this place of comfort amidst all the chaos."
The second season of Prince's companion audiocast, The Sunday Verse, launches November 1.
Gospel First Nation:
1. Gospel First Nation
2. Higher Power
3. When He Cometh
4. All His Children
5. When Jesus Needs an Angel
6. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
7. Send the Light
8. Does Jesus Care?
9. This One I Know
10. Love Don't Ever Say Goodbye
Pre-order Gospel First Nation.