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Local woman shares friendship with Prince

Posted at 6:34 PM, Apr 22, 2016

Elisa Fiorillo has memories of Prince people would only dream of experiencing.

She first met the icon at Pasley Park when she was 21-years-old.
 
At the time, he helped her write most of the songs on her album "I am."
 
One of her favorite memories: getting approval from Prince's dad. 
 
"He said you want to know what my dad said about you," Fiorillo said. "My dad says if you have two real people in your life, it's going to be her and Sheila E." 
 
Fiorillo ended her solo-singing career, but between 2010 and 2013 went on to tour with Prince as his back-up singer. 
 
"We went everywhere, Madison Square Garden, Abu Dhabi," recalls Fiorillo. 
 
The death of her friend Prince comes suddenly. Fiorillo said she checked on Prince days before his death after hearing his plane had to make an abrupt landing.
 
"I said are you okay? Did your plane crash? What happened?," asked Fiorillo. He said, "I'm perfect. Save your prayers. #controversy." 
 
Fiorillo has heard the rumors on drug-use and overdose, but she said she doesn't believe it. 
 
"I mean he barely drink wine or Bailey's that was like his big thing or lemon Cello or something. He's not that type of personality where he's an addictive guy like that," Fiorillo said. 
 
Last night, Fiorillo paid tribute to prince by singing Purple Rain at a concert. 
 
 
If you're interested in hearing Fiorillo in concert she will be playing at The Smith Center Friday, June 3.