Hold Me

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Hold Me

from the album Here It Is

from the album
Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition

single art for Hold Me
Song details
Performer: Jevetta Steele; Prince (credited to Prince and the New Power Generation)
First Released: 10 August 1993 - Here It Is album (re-issue)
Album(s): Here It Is
Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince (as Paisley Park)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Hold Me is the second track on the worldwide re-issue of Jevetta Steele’s first solo album Here It Is (Jevetta Steele is also part of the group The Steeles). At around the same time as the album’s release, Hold Me was released as a promo-only single in the USA, but there was no commercial release of the single.

Prince taught the song to the band at a rehearsal at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, Minnesota, on 27 December 1990, before a studio recording was made on 31 January 1991 (on the same day as the re-recording of Darkside as Blood On The Sheets). The song may have been considered for Diamonds And Pearls at one point but rejected because of its similarities with the title track.

More work was done on the track in October 1991, when it was send to Clare Fischer to add an orchestral arrangement to it. Around this time the track was offered to Anita Baker, who turned it down, before Prince offered it to Jevetta Steele, who presumably overdubbed her vocals in late 1991.

In late 1993, the song was tried out during early sessions for Mayte’s first album at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, and was included as the ninth track on an early version of the album, which was titled Latino Barbie Doll at the time. The track was removed when the album evolved into Child Of The Sun, however.

Prince’s original 1991 version was released in October 2023 as the eighth track of Vault Tracks part 2, one of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
27 December 1990 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
31 January 1991 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking, mix
1991 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
Jevetta Steele vocals overdub
30 October 1991 Mad Hatter Studios,
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Clare Fischer orchestra overdubs
Late 1993 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Vocal overdubs by Mayte
Recording Personnel

Jevetta Steele version

Prince version

Unreleased Mayte version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Hold Me 4:36 Here It Is re-issue

Hold Me promo

Studio Jevetta Steele version
Hold Me (Edit) 4:09 Hold Me promo Edit Edited by Mike Corbett
Hold Me 4:36 Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition Studio 1990 version with Prince on vocals

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Hold Me Studio December 1990 take
Hold Me Studio 1993 version with Mayte on vocals
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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