The PRN Alumni Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of former employees of Paisley Park and Prince. Those individuals, who worked closest with Prince, often on a daily, around-the-clock basis, have formed a foundation with a unified purpose of continuing Prince’s legacy of social justice and charitable giving.
President of Bodyguards Careers, Harlan Austin has acquired over 25 years of field experience as an Executive Protection Specialist, seven years of which he served as Director of Security Services for Paisley Park Productions. Foremost, in his duties at Paisley Park was assuring the safety and welfare of the musical artist Prince, as well as celebrities with whom Prince collaborated or associated with: Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, Carmen Elektra, Sheena Easton, Patti LaBelle and Kim Basinger to name a few.
Rice also has an outstanding career in the music industry serving as Director of Paisley Park Enterprises, Inc. Record executive with MCA records, Artist Manager and Road and Tour Manager for domestic and international musical tours for recording artists including Prince.
In 1996, Jacqui was hired at Paisley Park Studios to oversee all 1-800-NEW-FUNK merchandising and to help produce Mayte’s dance company, Around the World in a Day. In 1997, as head management for Paisley Park Enterprises, she acted as the conduit between Paisley Park and other labels, including Arista Records. While at Paisley, she had a hand in the creation of a stand-alone distribution channel for NPG Records and worked on recording projects such as New Power Soul, Come 2 My House, GCS200, and Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic.
In addition to producing commercial visual spots for Prince’s Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic and its electronic press kit, Jacqui helped produce and coordinate both the Pay Per View/On Demand performance for Prince’s Millennium Celebration Concert and the Beautiful Strange VHS (with selections from the Café De Paris secret gig). She has produced visuals for MTV’s DJ Funk Master Flex, LAFACE/Arista Records’ The Platinum Collection, Grammy-winning platinum recording artist Outkast (Stankonia EPK), and the legendary Chaka Khan.
She also founded the PAVE The Way Project, a non-profit initiative to create teen awareness about healthy and unhealthy relationships. This peer-to-peer mentoring and pop music project is underwritten and sponsored by Verizon Wireless in conjunction with Salvador and Carlos Santana.
Jacqui Thompson is currently the President/CMO and Co-founder of Revel Spirits, Inc., an importer of Agave spirits from México.
Prior to starting Interaction Traction, Inc. Joelle worked for Knight Ridder and conducted Diversity and Inclusion training across its 32 Newspaper properties. She later lead Noland Company’s showroom division responsible for marketing strategy, events, co-op advertising and supplier processes for 48 showrooms across the South and Southeast.
Joelle sits on the Forbes Communication Council and was recently featured by NASA as a thought leader at it’s Sustaining Women in STEM conference. She is chair of the Racial Equity Task Force (Rising TIDES) for the city of Golden Valley where she lives her family. Joelle loves all genres of music and is an active member of the Minnesota Opera Board. She holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and teaches Multicultural and Integrated Marketing Communications in the Business School and Executive Education programs.
Dave Hampton is a 40+ year veteran of the audio recording industry. He began his career at Oberheim Electronics under the watchful eye’s of Tom Oberheim. Always self motivated he went independent after about 4 years there and hasn’t looked back since.
His company MATK Corp is trusted and called on to create and provide custom solutions. In addition to engineering, Dave still consults with manufacturers on new technology, lecturers on survival in the industry, and continues to design custom studios and creative spaces for some of entertainments top artists. He is also the designer of REFTONE speakers. This product is now sold in over 9 countries and can be found in major studios such as Westlake, and Interscope Studios as well as “The Jimmy Kimmel Show”, Warner Brothers scoring studios and USC school of Music to name a few. These small speakers are helping to improve the way people work with audio forever.
Dave has authored 4 books for Hal Leonard Music Publishers. He is currently working on the third edition of “The Business of Audio Engineering” a mandatory text for many audio programs around the country. He also serves on the steering committee for the Producers and Engineer wing of the Grammy’s. He also earned a Grammy Award as one of the engineers of Marcus Millers M2 best jazz album of 2001.
In the summer of 2001 Dave was the first engineer to use Pro Tools to live mix a concert in surround sound, for Herbie Hancocks Future 2 Future World Tour. This was three years before they(Digidesign / AVID) would enter the live sound market with the Venue series of FOH consoles.
Hampton served as Technical Director for Babyface at YabYum music for 4 years and Herbie Hancock for 12 years. While working with Herbie in 2003 he was contacted by Prince to come and work on repairs and changes to the world famous facility. This led to Dave being asked to stay on and serving as Techinical Director of Paisley Park Studios as well as the other residences in California for several years. While at Paisley Park Dave would design and build several special one of a kind machines just for Prince’s use. Among them would be Studio 3121(prince’s mobile recording studio, Custom 2”, 8track recorder, Custom Mains for Mix room.
Among his client list you will find generations of talent from every genre of music. Marcus Miller, Justin Timberlake, Maxwell, and Babyface, NeYo, RZA, Too Short, Chicago, Bill Withers and more. His other role today is as the Technical Director for the Estate of Jazz great Miles Davis. Presently he is responsible for the archiving of the personal family audio library of Miles Davis.
Studio Design and Acoustic Consultation:
This is a partial list of studio facilities he has designed built and modified.
Arrow Records (Atlanta)…………………… client Creflo A. Dollar
Hancock Music (Los Angeles)……………. client Herbie Hancock
The Dungeon (Atlanta)……………………client Organized Noyze
Paisley Park Studios (Minneapolis)………client Prince
Dots Way Recording (West Hills)…………client Estate of Miles Davis
YabYum Studios (Los Angeles)……………client Babyface
Hannibal Music (Santa Monica)………….client Marcus Miller
Magic Gate (Studio City)………………….client Too Short
Boom Box Studio’s (Downtown LA)…..…client Too Short
Beat Box Pro’s (Van Nuys)…………………client DJ, Koolaide
Blakslee Recording (NoHo District)……….client Raphael Saadiq
Personnel studio (Burbank/NoHo)…………client DJ Numark
Personnel studio (Tarzana)…………………client RZA
Maxwell(performer)………………………. Music playback system for live performance
Chicago(band)………………………………Music playback system for live performance
Cal State University Dominguez Hills……..Digital Audio Media/Lab……….client CSUDH Dept. of Fine Arts
Boyle Heights technology Center………….Production Studio………………client City of Los Angeles
As a result, the Club won a Webby Award as well as gave Prince a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award, proving a 100% artist-owned internet business could redefine success on its own terms in the new Age of Access. During this time, Sam also took over all the creative visual work for Prince, designing several album & single packages, merchandise, promotional materials, photo retouching, and anything else Prince could come up with. Working with Prince was a unique, creative experience that always pushed the limits of what you thought was possible. Sam continues that spirit in his creative work since that time, including working for Pearl Jam, Microsoft, Ebony Magazine, and Avril Lavigne.
Karen E. Lee’s enviable career in media relation’s management and artist development spans more than 20 years. In the course of her stellar career, Lee has managed media relations campaigns for a variety of recording artists, many of whom are considered icons in the genres of hip hop and R&B music, and coordinated and executed special events. Lee has been an independent agency –based publicist, a personal publicist, Vice President of Media Relations and Artist Development for Warner Bros. Records and is currently Senior Vice President at W&W Public Relations. She is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in cultivating viable relationships with media personnel, increasing the media visibility of both established and emerging artists, and preparing them in the areas of media protocol, conduct and presentation.
Lee’s media relations career began when she was hired as the Executive Assistant to Henry Rogers, the esteemed co-founder and Chairman of the renowned media relations agency Rogers & Cowan. Recognizing Lee’s unique talents and abilities early on, Henry Rogers became Lee’s mentor. Under his tutelage, which spanned four years, Lee learned the intricacies of developing and executing comprehensive media campaigns and how to identify and seize opportunities which garnered maximum media exposure for Rogers & Cowan clients.
Eventually, Lee became Rogers & Cowan’s Director of Corporate Entertainment for one year before moving into Rogers & Cowan’s Music Division where she was promoted to Vice President. Under her leadership, her team of senior publicists handled the media relations campaigns for clients including Quincy Jones Entertainment, Bobby Brown, Nona Gaye. She also handled the onslaught of press inquiries and other media-related duties due to the media frenzy, which ensued following the arrest and subsequent sex abuse trial of rapper/actor Tupac Shakur.
Her acumen as a publicist and reputation as a creative problem-solver, brought Lee to the attention of Prince’s management. She became Prince’s personal publicist and within six months was tapped to become Vice President of Media Relations for Prince’s Paisley Park Enterprises, the umbrella corporation that housed all of Prince’s ancillary business interests as well as the artists who recorded under
his label, the New Power Generation. While with Paisley Park Enterprises, Lee supervised Prince’s national and international media campaigns; handled the press for the grand openings of Prince’s retail stores in Minneapolis and London; coordinated materials for a limited edition, high-end “coffee-table” book which Prince self-published under his Paisley Park Enterprises and featured never-before-seen photographs of the artist.
Lee’s tenure with Paisley Park ended when she was offered and accepted the position of Vice President, Media Relations and Artist Development with Warner Bros. Records. With a team of publicists, Lee has overseen the media relations campaigns of Curtis Mayfield, Tamia, Somethin’ For The People, Chaka Khan, Seal, Eric Benet and multi-platinum artist Jaheim.
Lee left Warner Bros. Records when the Warner Music Group was sold. She is became an independent media relations consultant with music industry veteran Juanita Stephens. Their joint client roster included Concord Music Group (Lalah Hathaway), Hidden Beach Recordings (Kindred the Family Soul, “The Original Jill Scott From The Vault Vol. 1), eleven-time Grammy nominee, Charlie Wilson, Stadium Entertainment (Negro Leagues Baseball tribute featuring T-Pain, Kanye West, Chingy, Macy Gray, Mario), Reelin’ In The Years Productions and Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.
Lee is currently Senior Vice President of W&W Public Relations, a well-respected multi-cultural media relations firm celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2017. Their client roster includes 9-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul, the Chris Paul Family Foundation, actor/producer/director/writer and comedian Nick Cannon, Patti LaBelle, RCA Inspiration record label, World Changers Church International, Micah’s Voice, and the soon to be built National Museum of African American Music.
Lee has a grandson with autism and is very involved with the Reachability Foundation who supports families with scholarships for recreational programs that can be the key to helping these children reach their potential.
He is currently photographer and photo editor for Faerie Magazine.