St Paul Peterson “Something in the Water” honors Minneapolis music. Former Member of The Time, The Family/fDeluxe and Prince collaborator to release new single on August 27.

Some songs celebrate the cultural legacies of cities like Chicago, Paris, New York, London, New Orleans, etc., “Something in the Water” celebrates the music of Minneapolis, MN, a city that has produced legends like Bob Dylan, Prince, The Replacements, Soul Asylum, Husker Du, Willie Murphy, Wee Willie Walker, and current stars like Lizzo and Atmosphere.

One need only look at the performance and production bio of St. Paul Peterson to understand his fingerprints on 4 generations of popular music. 
St. Paul Peterson’s new single “Something in the Water,” is a burning slice of greasy blues driven new funk. Take a big drink of the Minneapolis sound, kick back and let “Something in the Water” improve your funk stride no matter what city you hail from.

Co-Produced and co-written by St. Paul Peterson and long-time collaborator Oliver Leiber (Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Paula Abdul, Beth Hart et al) at Ollywood Studios in LA and Creation Audio in Minneapolis. “Something in the Water” was inspired by a question often raised, “Why is Minneapolis so funky?”  St. Paul Peterson addresses this question in song form, explaining it must be “Something In the Water.”

“Oliver Leiber and I have been writing songs together going all the way back to 1986 and my first solo single, “Rich Man,” explains Peterson. “He understands what I want to say and is the ultimate collaborator. His clever lyrics and incredible guitar playing set the tone to explain why Minneapolis is so funky.”

St. Paul Peterson came up in the 80s as the teenage keyboard player in the Purple Rain era line-up of The Time, appearing in the hit film and on the platinum selling album Ice Cream Castle (“The Bird,” “Jungle Love”). Subsequently enlisted by Prince to front The Family, who would release an eponymously titled album on Paisley Park featuring the singles “Screams of Passion,” “High Fashion” and the original recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

As a solo artist he scored Top 15 R&B and Top 40 Pop hits for MCA and Atlantic Records respectively. A multi-instrumentalist and platinum selling songwriter his resume includes names as varied as Mavis StaplesPaula AbdulBrian Culbertson and Victor Wooten through to rockers Beth Hart, Peter FramptonKenny Loggins and Steve Miller BandGeorge Benson scored a Grammy nomination with the St. Paul Peterson penned “Song For My Brother.”

In early 2019 St. Paul released his first new single in over two decades “You Got 2 Love,” which received a warm welcome back from BBC Radio, American Public Radio, and tens of thousands of streams from fans from around the world. 

Last month, St Paul performed at Thunder Bay Blues Festival alongside Canadian legends including Bryan Adams and Tom Cochrane and in his hometown at an all-star concert featuring the likes of Joss StoneSheila E,Elle KingSt Paul and The Broken Bones, who has brazenly claimed the moniker Peterson has been using on albums since 1985. In 2019 he toured throughout Europe and will embark on US promotional later in the year.


“Something in the Water” is available on all digital streaming and download platforms August 27, 2019. 

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