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Video: Pianist Adam Clay Performs Three Variations On Prince’s “I Feel For You”

The Houston musician pays tribute to the musical icon with a classical composition inspired by the 1984 No. 1 hit.

Adam Clay, founder of Houston New Arts Movement, visited Houston Public Media’s Geary Studio to record three variations he composed based on Prince’s 1979 song “I Feel for You,” which was made famous by Chaka Khan’s 1984 version (for which Prince, as a songwriter, won the 1985 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song). “I Feel for You” originally appeared on Prince’s self-titled 1979 album. It was subsequently recorded by the Pointer Sisters for their 1982 album So Excited!, before Chaka Khan scored a No. 1 hit with the song two years later. For his variations, Clay utilized melodies from the song’s intro, verses and chorus, and merged them with the composition styles of classical composers like Chopin and Vivaldi.