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    Weʼve raised £0 to help Jill Jones, expenses relating from a medical emergency. although on the road to recovery she has been left with hefty bills.

    Los Angeles, CA, USA
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    Jill Jones is a multi-talented recording artist, providing background vocals for Prince in the 80s and also known for her hugely successful self titled album. Very much a star in her own right, she is now recovering from a medical emergency which has unfortunately left her with huge medical bills. You can help by donating here or purchasing one of her limited edition t-shirts.

    Jones met Prince in 1980 at age 18, when Teena Marie was the opening act during his Dirty Mind tour.[1] Prince loved her voice, encouraged her to sing, and stayed in touch with Jones.[2] She became a backup vocalist for Prince when he invited her to the Sunset Sound recording studios in 1982, to sing backing vocals for several tracks on the album 1999.[2] She was credited under just her initials J.J. She also was featured in music videos for the songs "1999" and "Little Red Corvette", as well as extended rarely aired music video for "Automatic", and then joined the tour for 1999 to sing backing vocals with the Prince side-project Vanity 6.[2] After the tour, she moved to Minneapolis and became Prince's on-and-off again girlfriend.[3] She had a bit part as a waitress in the film Purple Rain (1984),[2] and had an appearance in the sequel Graffiti Bridge (1990), where she takes off an undergarment to end a conflicting scene with Prince.

    Her debut album was the self-titled Jill Jones (1987), released on Prince's Paisley Park Records. Prince was credited as a co-writer with Jones, but wrote all of the songs himself.[2] Upon its release, the album received positive reviews from critics, but was not a commercial success. As of 2007, the album has been out of print for many years.

    Jill recorded numerous demo tracks in London in the late 1980s, including the tracks "Deep Kiss", "Unattainable Love", "Long Time", "Red", "White Dogs" & "Tango", among others. In 1989, she contributed a song ("The Ground You Walk On") to the soundtrack for the film Earth Girls Are Easy.

    Several demos were recorded for a second album on Paisley Park, and a video was filmed for the track "Boom Boom", but an album never surfaced. In 1993, she released the dance single "Bald" on Flying Records.

    Jones also did backing vocals for Apollonia 6 and recorded the Prince-written single "G-Spot". She also sang lead vocals on Japanese artist Ryuichi Sakamoto's single "You Do Me" from his 1990 album Beauty, and contributed a version of Blondie's "Call Me" to a Giorgio Moroder tribute album. In addition, Jones wrote and co-produced the song "The Great Pretender" for Lisa Lisa. She was also lead vocalist for the band Baby Mother, who recorded an album in 1995 for London Records, which remains unreleased. In 1996, she toured performing co-lead vocals as part of Chic with Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards before his death, and can be heard on the 1999 Chic release "Live at the Budokan".

    The Prince song "She's Always in My Hair", a B-side to the single "Raspberry Beret" (1985), was written about Jones.[3]

    Though Prince aided in the production of her first album, there was no input from Prince on the second one, which was more pop-rock oriented. From 2001 to the present, Jones has been performing acoustic rock as well as producing edgy and modern dance tracks.

    She is also featured in the unreleased Vanity 6 song "Vibrator". In this song, she does a skit in a department store where Vanity goes to get batteries for her vibrator. Prince is also in the skit.

    Jill provided vocals on a cover version of Carly Simon's "Why" on Ronny Jordan's album A Brighter Day in 2000 as well as contributing a cover version of Blondie's "Call Me" to a Giorgio Moroder tribute album. This was subsequently issued as a single with various remixes, including ones by Todd Terry and Mantronix.

    With the help of former Paisley Park photographer and close friend David Honl, Jones released a second album entitled Two in 2001, with instrumentalist Chris Bruce.

    Jones performed lead vocals on 2004's album, The Grand Royals featuring Jill Jones – Wasted.

    A collaboration with Dance outfit Funky Junction resulted in the single "Someone to Jump Up", which has appeared on various Hed Kandi compilation releases.

    In 2008, Jill Jones joined a performance in New York by Jeremy Gloff, coming up on stage to sing with Jeremy's cover of her song "So Much in Love"[4] On April 28, 2009, Jones released "Living for the Weekend" on the "Peace Bisquit" label. Although Wasted and Two are out of print, both albums can be found on the iTunes Store, along with "Living for the Weekend".

    2014 saw the release of the single "This Is How It Feels" with Italian techno act Get Far.

    In August 2015, Jill made the track "Forbidden Love" available via Soundcloud. This track is from her dance album, released in February 2016 via Peace Bisquit.

    The entire Prince community is one of the strongest, Your help is very much appreciated in getting Jill through this trying time.

    Jill has consented to a full interview so feel free to to send in your questions, which we will publish along with your donations. In a time when a prescription costs $350 we appreciate any help towards these costs to help her family

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        An ex - Warner employee from the 90s, who was friends with Steve Fargnoli part of Princes management team back in the day. Close friends with Jill Jones, my background is marketing and advertising,

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