My Tender Heart is the sixth track on Rosie Gaines’ third album Closer Than Close (seventh track on the international version). Two and a half years earlier, however, the song was performed on The Ryde Dyvine TV special of Prince and related artists performing at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. My Tender Heart was written (as 'My Tender Love') by Rosie Gaines and Prince and produced by Ricky Peterson. In 2009, the original recording with Prince on background vocals was included as the fourth track on her iTunes exclusive album Concrete Jungle.
While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in June 1990 in London, England (during the same set of sessions that produced Daddy Pop, Schoolyard and Walk Don’t Walk, but mostly focused on Rosie Gaines’ first solo album, recording Hold Me, Pain, Streetwalker, In The Name Of Love and Turn Your Lights Down Low); Prince worked in three different London studios, Olympic Studios, Townhouse Studios and Metropolis and it is not known which studio was used for this song. Ricky Peterson is listed as the producer on the album, however, and it is likely he provided additional production in 1992 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
This version was included as the fifth track on one 1993 configuration of Rosie Gaines’ planned Paisley Park Records album Concrete Jungle, the fourth track on another 1993 configuration, the fourteenth track on another 1993 configuration and the eleventh track on yet another 1993 configuration, before a version of the album (now released by Dredlix Records) was released on iTunes in 2009. In 1993, My Tender Heart was planned as a single release also, but the single was not released, despite artwork being printed.
Although several songs were recorded by Prince for Rosie Gaines’ first solo album, My Tender Heart is the only track written for the album that was included on the final release (Closer Than Close); I Want U, while appearing on the final release, was originally intended for The Pointer Sisters.