As the world of music mourns the loss of Prince, Dami Im paid tribute with a powerful version of “Purple Rain” on Australian morning television today.
Dami had made “Purple Rain” one of her signature tunes when she appeared on The X Factor in 2013. Her grand final performance of the song helped secure her victory on the show and launch her career.
This week’s artist in residence on The Morning Show, Dami broke from her scheduled performance to give a heartfelt rendition of the song in a purple-hued studio.
After the performance, Dami spoke about what Prince had meant to her.
“He’s influenced so many amazing artists around the world. He’s a legend and ever since X Factor I’ve been singing [“Purple Rain”] millions of times. When I heard the news this morning I was shocked and I feel like I’m still in shock, to be honest.
“I want to pay him tribute. It’s hard to say this, but he’s gone now but his music still will be there forever. I just try my best to bring the beauty of the music alive.”
Dami Im performs “Purple Rain” on The X Factor (2013)
“Purple Rain” has been a past favourite with Eurovision stars. Ruth Lorenzo performed it on the UK X Factor in 2008, which saw her become a serious contender in the competition. Jüri Pootsmann performed the song on the Estonian Idol grand final last year, while Michal Spzak performed it on his Polish X Factor experience.
Eurovision winner Celine Dion was lucky enough to have His Royal Purpleness pen a song for her. “With This Tear” was a track on her second English-language album, Celine Dion, in 1992.