Soul Sanctuary is the third track on the second disc of Prince’s 19th album Emancipation, the third album to be credited to .
While specific recording dates are not known, the track was originally written by Sandra St. Victor, Johnny Kemp and Tom Hammer as Sanctuary, and was sent to Prince in Spring 1995, following a loose agreement for Prince and Sandra Sandra St. Victor to work together (along with Love Is (later renamed Van Gogh), I’ll Never Open My Legs Again (later renamed ’ll Never B Another Fool), How We Livin’ (later renamed Livin’ 2 Die) and Nothing Left To Give (later renamed Stone)). Additional lyrics and music were added by Prince before recording in 1995, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions as the other songs sent by Sandra St. Victor). Johnny Kemp and Tom Hammer were left off the writers’ credits; other tracks by Sandra St. Victor were also released with inaccurate credits, causing her to make legal threats against Prince, but she eventually opted not to sue.
This song was also placed on a Playtime By Versace project in mid-1995.
Sanctuary, Love Is, I’ll Never Open My Legs Again and Nothing Left To Give came from Sanctuary, Sandra St. Victor’s canceled first solo album on Elektra Records (intended to be released in 1993). was able to listen to this record however and liked it enough to contact Sandra St. Victor for a collaboration. Her original version of Soul Sanctuary was released in 2018 (with its initial title Sanctuary), when the Sanctuary album was made available on digital plateforms. Since Sanctuary was not initially intended for and contains no input by him, this version is not listed below.