Noah Guthrie Salutes the Late Legend, Prince, with Unique Rendition of “I Would Die 4 U”
12 Apr 2017
Posted by Dakota Lindstrom
Known for his unique interpretations of popular songs, Youtube sensation and Glee star, Noah Guthrie, will release an ode to the late legendary musician, Prince, by turning Prince’s originally upbeat track, “I Would Die 4 U,” into a smooth, stripped down ballad.
With the anniversary of Prince’s untimely death approaching April 21, Guthrie is paying tribute to one of the most iconic songwriters, musicians and entertainers of our time and reintroducing people to the heartfelt song, “I Would Die 4 U,” originally released by Prince in 1984.
Guthrie speaks of Prince’s powerful effect on people confessing, “I’ve always wanted to do a Prince cover, and I always knew it would be this song. I’m not sure why, but this song has always spoken to me in a very special way.”
Recruiting his brother, Ian Guthrie, to produce the track, the two aimed to keep the arrangement simplistic and build around a piano progression, allowing for Guthrie’s tender yet upfront vocal melody to bring Prince’s lyrics to life. Jeremy Larson also designed a soaring string arrangement, which adds to the impact of the track.
Guthrie explains, “The original pop mix is incredible, of course, and the lyrics are very powerful and intimate—I thought that if I slowed it down and made it more of a ballad, I could really make the lyrics stand out.”
Since the release of his newest single, “Love You Now,” in February 2017, Guthrie has been touring the United States and Europe in support of The Valley, the singer/songwriter’s highly anticipated sophomore album, that is scheduled to release June 23, 2017, with pre-order available May 12, 2017.
Rising to fame from his YouTube channel by singing covers, Noah Guthrie has racked up over 75 MILLION Youtube views and 12 MILLION Spotify streams. He was a cast member on the TV Show Glee and has since developed a tremendous social media following. His cover of LMFAO’s “Sexy & I Know It” is Guthrie’s most popular cover to date, securing more than 25 million views on YouTube. He has opened concerts for musical powerhouses such as Ed Sheeran, Selena Gomez, Neon Trees, Ben Rector, Cobra Starship, Matisyahu, and Matt Nathanson.