Sometimes, especially if you’re in the Northeast today (January 12), it rains in January. For those enduring dreary weather or just looking for some restorative energy, singer and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello offers a gorgeous cover of the 1986 Prince song, "Sometimes it Snows in April."
Ndegeocello premiered her version of the song via Rolling Stone today. "I had to make something of him, for him," Ndegeocello explained. "I’ve made so much because of him. I still can’t believe he’s not on the planet, and this was as close to closure as I’d get."
The ballad begins with a solo electric bass passage before Ndegeocello, moving seamlessly between vocal registers, sings over the song’s atmospheric instrumental.
The track is from the genre-bending musician’s upcoming album of covers, "Ventriloquism." Rolling Stone reports that the record includes renditions of "Waterfalls" by TLC, "Funny How Time Flies (When You’re Having Fun)" by Janet Jackson and "Tender Love" by Force MDs. Ndegeocello released the last of those songs on YouTube today. Listen to it below:
Ndegeocello’s Soundcloud page lists March 16 as the official release date for "Ventriloquism," which you can pre-order here.