A Brief History of the New Power Generation
The reunion of former members of the New Power Generation (NPG) – including a number of those in the original configuration – was born out of the official Prince Tribute concert in October 2016. The longest-running member of the NPG, keyboardist Morris Hayes, who also served as Prince’s Musical Director for many years, was tapped to do the same job for the official tribute concert held in honor of the legendary artist. Hayes brought many of the original band members back together to serve as the house band (where they were joined by other NPG alumni throughout the night) for the epic musical celebration and the feedback from the fans was that the official tribute concert was both exhilarating and healing. “Exactly what we needed” was a typical comment. Given the overwhelming response to that historic event, Morris, Sonny T, Tommy Barbarella, Tony M, Damon D, and Levi Seacer met with one of Prince’s former managers to discuss an official reunion in order to bring a live celebration of Prince and his music to ‘fams’ throughout the world. Their intent: to honor their boss, their mentor and his music. Thus, the birth of the NPG’s tour featuring the music of Prince was underway. The band has since joined forces with other Prince alumni and world class artists to perform their own tribute concerts to their legendary mentor and brother, Prince.
After touring with several different guest vocalists during their first year out, the band stumbled upon its official lead singer in the soulful and charismatic MacKenzie – an LA-based singer, originally from a small town in Virginia. With his incredible vocal range, commanding stage presence and beautiful voice, MacKenzie has wowed both audiences and critics alike. Even more important, the ‘Prince fams’ (as Prince called them) quickly embraced him. MacKenzie’s immense talent coupled with his unique and reverent approach to the songs never strays into an impersonation. Instead, his own gifted artistry shines through in a way that the band is confident Prince would approve. Just like the NPG, the man is funky!
The configuration of the band occasionally changes but always with NPG alumni making up the majority – if not the entire band. On this tour will be MacKenzie, Morris Hayes (MD and keyboards – joined the NPG in 1992 and is known for being the longest-running member at 20+ years), Tony Mosley (guitar and vocals – joined the NPG in 1990), Sonny Thompson (bass – joined in 1990), Levi Seacer Jr. (guitar- joined in 1990 and also played on the Sign O’ the Times and Love Sexy tours) and drummer Brandon Commodore from the Grammy-nominated band, Mint Condition.