Taja Sevelle: Contagious Love
by Miles Marshall Lewis
1987 saw the release of two Madhouse albums, the greatest Prince album of all time, the greatest protégé record of Paisley Park Records’ brief history, and a third Sheila E. album. The last of Prince’s earliest signings (circa 1984) also finally made her debut in September 1987: 25-year-old Taja Sevelle.
As a teenager, Sevelle (born Nancy Richardson) sang in Manhattan Transfer-like jazz bands around Minneapolis and deejayed at local volunteer radio station KMOJ. Aware of her reputation, Prince approached her at First Avenue and asked for a demo; he initially wanted her to front another girl group. Soon she was cast as an extra in Purple Rain and signed to the soon-to-be-launched Paisley Park Records as a solo act. Recorded in Hollywood as a close collaboration with her eventual fiancé, newbie producer Chico Bennett, Taja Sevelle aimed squarely at a pop crossover audience. Like Jill Jones a season earlier, the album commercially missed the target, never cracking the Billboard albums chart. (Both found one-hit-wonder success in Europe with their lead singles though—“Mia Bocca” and “Love Is Contagious.”)
Taja Sevelle’s new book, From The Root: A Memoir and A Philosophy for Balance in Our World, is available now on Amazon!
It’s time to Heal Our World- From The Root!
Watch Taja Sevelle’s interview with Chuck Stokes at WXYZ Detroit’s Spotlight on the News! Taja spoke about her new book, her appreciation of Prince’s vision, and more!
Watch Greg Dunmore interview Taja Sevelle in this in-depth, personal, and powerful interview.
Taja will be an honored judge at the National Invention Convention taking place at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mi from May 29-May 31, 2019.
The Henry Ford National Invention Convention event is an annual celebration of K-12 inventors and entrepreneurs from across the U.S. This far-reaching forum is the marquee event of The STEMIE Coalition.
Join Taja Sevelle for the international release of her new book, From The Root, A Memoir and A Philosophy for Balance in Our World, at the PRN (Prince) Alumni Foundation Global Gala on June 8th in Detroit.
This book’s message is of extreme importance for our world, now more than ever. Taja will speak and be available to sign books during the VIP hour at the gala.
Please click here to purchase tickets. Don’t wait- they are selling out fast!
The 10th Annual Urban Farming Mother’s Day Free Plant Giveaway Events are in TWO cities this year!
Detroit, Michigan: On May 4, 2019 at the Northwest Activities Center in Detroit, Urban Farming will give 1,200 free vegetable plants to individuals and families who add their gardens to the Urban Farming Global Map. The first 100 people who arrive will receive 12 free vegetable plants for their garden, along with other gardening resources! We also have five rain barrels that will be gifted to the first 5 people or community garden representatives who arrive. Music and goodness!
Join us from 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM at: 18100 Meyers Rd, Detroit, MI 48235. Special Thanks to: Telly’s Greenhouse, Avis Ford, and Home Depot.
Los Angeles, California: On May 11, 2019 at “A Place Called Home,” Urban Farming will give 12 free vegetable plants and other gardening resources to 250 community members. There will also be music, food, activities for the whole family, and a free raffle with two grand prizes each valued at over $500.00!
Join us from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at: 2830 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011