Bonnie Raitt Lost Weight And Stopped Drinking For Prince

Prince invited Raitt to record an album for his label after she was released from her contract with Warner Brothers...

“Prince called me up, Raitt told Clarkson, “and said, ‘Hey, you know, you weren’t treated right. Come on over to Paisley Park. Let’s make a record together.'” Paisley Park was Prince’s record label and the name of his studio.

Now a museum, the studio is open to the public as a museum as a memorial to Prince. 

Raitt Wanted To Meet In The Middle

Rait said that if they could “meet in the middle” stylistically, she was interested.

“I don’t necessarily wanna do a whole Prince thing, and you don’t wanna do a Bonnie Raitt thing,” she said.

Sobriety Was Raitt’s Secret To Weight Loss

The project was delayed after a ski accident left Raitt with her thumb in a cast. Raitt said that she was “35, 45 pounds heavier” at the time, and she started to worry about how she’d look if she had to record a video for a “really sexy” song with Prince.

Raitt spent more time with her sober friends and quit drinking to lose 20 pounds before she met Prince.

In the end, the two artists couldn’t agree to terms, so the project never materialized. She went on to have a successful career. She finally achieved mainstream success in 1989 with her tenth album, “Nick of Time.”

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