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Irvington, New Jersey, United States

Irvington, New Jersey, United States
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"Musician's musician"

Maurice Pringle
Submitted by admin on Tue, 03/16/2010 - 02:10.
• Richie Frieman
• Todays Feature
Maurice Pringle, a musician’s musician, is the kind of artist that doesn’t need millions of people picking up his albums – he knows he has the respect and admiration of not just his peers, but folks who really get the blues (and remarkable guitar ability). Pringle has been in the business for some time, playing with some of the best Blues has to offer and backing up some huge acts in the process.
Pringle describes his sound as “power blues”. It’s a “mixture of the soulfulness of the past with the passion of the present. My cultural connection and deep appreciation and respect for the artists that came before me makes me stand out over other in this genre.” Not only that… but this guy can play! Check out his YouTube videos for a few minutes of proof!
And don’t forget to check out Maurice’s MySpace page – you’ll hear more of what the man is talking about. Finally (and understandably so), he’s gotten some recognition from some musical companies (such as Simple Amps), so you’ll see him out in support. There’s more below, so keep reading for the answers to the XXQ’s

XXQs: Maurice Pringle
PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

Maurice Pringle (MP): I would describe my sound as power blues. A mixture of the soulfulness of the past with the passion of the present. My cultural connection and deep appreciation and respect for the artists that came before me makes me stand out over other in this genre.

PEV: How did you first get started in music?
MP: When I was 14, I got a job at a music store named Rondo Music, in New Jersey. It was a staple for many local musicians. For a 14 year, it was a crash course on a musician’s life. Though my experiences there, I learned from many great musicians and it forged me into the musician I am today.

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Maurice Pringle show?
MP: Good vocals, better guitar, 200%

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?
MP: Really, only the audience.

PEV: What is your creative process like when you sit down to work on a song?
MP: A song usually starts out with a guitar riff or a melody. My lyrics are reflective of what’s deepest and closest to my heart.

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

MP: The best ideas for a song comes from living life itself. People are great inspirations.

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back at your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

MP: Of course I do. If you don’t know where you’ve been, you won’t know where you’re going.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a career for you?

MP: When I was 13 years old, at a family cookout, my sister’s babysitter hired an old blues man to play sing and play guitar. I remember he had a beat up 5 string guitar and played with slide. I stood in front of that old man all day. I knew then, that’s what I wanted to do. See, it wasn’t about the gear, it was about the music. The sorrow and love in his voice. The way he made that beat up guitar wail and moan. I knew then that I wanted to spend the rest of my life making people feel, the way that old man make me and my family feel that night.

PEV: What one word best describes Maurice Pringle?

MP: HonPEV: How is life for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?

MP: It’s a hard life. People can make your dreams come true are they can your life a nightmare. You have to love the music and love being a musician.

PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?
MP: I would love to tour New Orleans or Mississippi.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play at your hometown?

MP: My friends and family have been extremely supportive.

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

MP: I love performing Martial Arts and cooking is a great passion of mine.

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?

MP: Of course I would love to work with Jimi Hendrix. What guitarist wouldn’t?

PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think each of you would be your career?

MP: PC technician or Chef…

PEV: So, what is next for Maurice Pringle?

MP: I’m promoting companies that I was blessed to get support from. I want to tour and collaborate with musicians around the world. Hopefully, I’ll be performing in the spring in Shanghai, with Carlton J.
- PensEyeView.com


Still working on that hot first release.



Accomplished guitarist/vocalist Maurice Pringle has been the quintessential musician for the past twenty years. He has not only worked closely with renowned musicians and artists, but has toured the country and the world showcasing his talents and earning the respect of his peers.

Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Pringle is sound evidence that heartfelt blues isn’t always birthed in the South. From an early age, he honed his talent, and went on to learn under a number of musical greats. Throughout the years, he was guided and mentored by renowned guitarist Mark Bowers, and influence by other accomplished guitarists like Stephen Ross, Paul Crook and Kevin Lutke, all of which contribute to Pringle’s eclectic style.

While other 13-year-old boys were developing their athletic abilities, Pringle was nurturing a passion for music. He began his early studies under the tutelage of the great jazz musician Eddie Blackwell. Inspired by a need to master his craft, Pringle left home at the age 17 to receive formal training at Music Tech, in Minneapolis, MN. It was then that he was offered a coveted gig with Bo Diddley, Jr., but Pringle’s parents thought he was too young and declined the invitation. Upon returning to his hometown, Pringle began a journey of hard work and dedication toward making his dreams a reality. His many diverse experiences helped him to evolve into a truly established guitarist.

In 2009, Guitar Center of Springfield, New Jersey, bestowed Pringle with the annual title “King of Blues.” Pringle has also garnered endorsements with music companies like Simple Amps, for whom he has toured and performed clinics throughout the U.S. Among many personal career highlights that Pringle notes, was an opportunity to jam with his musical hero Larry Mitchell along with Keith Golden and Alex Alexander, the touring rhythm section for international superstar singer Dido. With his rock-solid resume, Pringle hopes to expand and work with more artists the world over. “My goals for the coming year are to tour the world and continue making a living doing what I do best,” he says.

With his blues roots and rocker chops, Pringle has been known to electrify audiences with skilled displays. Whether it’s backing vocals, funky riffs or country licks, his years of versatility and experience prove that Pringle always delivers.