A Man Called Jesus

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A Man Called Jesus

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from the album The Voice

Song details
Performer: Mavis Staples
First Released: 24 August 1993 - The Voice album
Album(s): The Voice
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince (uncredited) and Ricky Peterson
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

A Man Called Jesus is the tenth track on Mavis Staples' second Paisley Park Records album, The Voice (included as the sixth track on the 1995 reissue). The track was written by Prince, and was initially produced by Prince, with additional production by Ricky Peterson. Prince also played most of the instruments on the track.

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in late December 1988, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions as Cat Attack), and the song was originally intended for Cat’s proposed solo album.

Candy Dulfer added saxophone overdubs in late July 1989 (along with saxophone overdubs on Love Machine, My Summertime Thang, Release It, Murph Drag, The Latest Fashion, Donald Trump (Black Version), Data Bank and My Baby Knows).

The proposed solo album was abandoned, however, when Cat announced she was moving to England to work with producer Tim Simenon.

When Prince contributed new tracks to Mavis Staples' album The Voice in May 1992, he pulled this song from the vault, and Ricky Peterson worked on the track further, recording Mavis Staples' lead vocals in Summer 1992, also at Paisley Park Studios.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Late December 1988 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking (Cat version)
Late July 1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Saxophone overdubs by Candy Dulfer
Summer 1992 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Lead vocal overdubs by Mavis Staples
Recording Personnel

Mavis Staples version

Unreleased Cat version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
A Man Called Jesus 3:56 The Voice

Gospel Tracks 4-Track Promo sampler


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
A Man Called Jesus Studio Original 1988 version
A Man Called Jesus Studio Cat version after saxophone overdubs
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • British producer Mark Moore was sent this track to remix, but it seems he never finished it. It’s unclear if this was in 1989 or 1993.

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