North Carolina

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North Carolina

single art for North Carolina
Song details
Performer: Shelby J.
First Released: 7 December 2012 - North Carolina single (accidental early release; official release date 12 December 2012)
Album(s): None
Writer(s): Shelby J. and Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

North Carolina is the title track and only song on Shelby J.’s debut solo single North Carolina, and was planned for release on her debut album Just Shelby, which ultimately never came out. The song is co-written and produced by Prince, and he appears on guitar and possibly other unidentified instrumentation on the track.

While specific recording dates are not known, the track was worked on in August 2008 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California, which might have been its basic tracking . Shelby J. was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, and likely wrote the song’s lyrics. The song was included as the ninth track on a (late Summer 2008) configuration of Lotusflow3r with Prince singing lead, but was removed before the album’s release.

Additional recording with fellow North Carolina native Anthony Hamilton took place in 2011. The studio version includes child vocals by Olivia Dease, the daughter of New Power Generation band member Elisa Dease. Prior to its studio recording, however, the song was performed during a live performance session by Prince and his band, including Shelby J. on lead vocals, for French radio station RTL on 12 October 2009 (matinee), but the song was not broadcast. The song had also been performed in shows months earlier, around 18 months before its studio recording.

Shelby J. premiered the track during a 2-hour radio show she hosted on North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University’s WNAA 90.1 FM on 6 December 2012.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
August 2008 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
2011 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
Additional recording with Anthony Hamilton
Recording Personnel
  • Shelby J. - lead vocals
  • Prince - all instruments and background vocals (assumed)
  • Anthony Hamilton - background vocals
  • Olivia Dease - child vocals
  • Other recording personnel not known.

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
North Carolina 7:47 North Carolina single Studio
North Carolina (The Hot Sauce Edit) 3:51 North Carolina single Studio
North Carolina (The Tripp Edit) 3:57 North Carolina single Studio

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
North Carolina Studio Prince’s version
North Carolina Studio Recorded August 2008, before overdubs
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • This is the only song known to have been co-written by Prince and Shelby J.

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