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|Birth name||Paul Ian Peterson|
|Also known as||St. Paul Peterson|
|Genres||Rock, pop, R&B, soul, funk, funk-rock, funk metal, New Wave, dance|
|Labels||Paisley Park/Warner Bros. Records
|Associated acts||The Time
The Steve Miller Band
Paul Peterson, also known as St. Paul Peterson, is a musician best known for his memberships in the bands The Family and The Time and the single "Intimacy". Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Peterson was the youngest son in a musical family. He was discovered by Prince in 1983 and groomed to replace Monte Moir as keyboardist of R&B band The Time. Peterson gained exposure when the band appeared in the hit movie Purple Rain.
When The Time broke up in 1984, Prince gathered the remnants to form The Family, with Peterson as lead singer. The group's tenure was brief, performing live only once (at First Avenue, where Purple Rain was filmed). Peterson left to pursue a solo career, releasing his eponymous debut album in 1986. Peterson released a single & video, "Rich Man", from the album. Prince wrote a song about Peterson's early jump from The Family ship called "Dream Factory", which was later released on 1998's Crystal Ball compilation. Peterson released two solo albums in the 1990s on Atlantic Records and a live recording with the group the Minneapolis All-Stars.
Peterson also toured as a member of the Steve Miller Band in the late 1980s.
Peterson is also a session musician and has backed up many acts in concert. He tours with Kenny Loggins, and has some appearances as a band member with Oleta Adams. From 1998–2000 he was bandleader and bassist for the house band on the Donny & Marie TV program. His latest solo album, Everything, was released in 2004. Peterson is married and has two children, and resides in the Minneapolis area.
Peterson produced two songs and co-produced two more songs on Oleta Adams' 2009 album, Let's Stay Here. He also played on the album, which was released April 21, 2009.
In June 2011, Peterson and three other members of The Family reunited as fDeluxe and released a new record called Gaslight in September 2011.
- Ice Cream Castle — with The Time (1984)
- The Family — with The Family (1985)
- St. Paul (1986)
- Down to the Wire (1990)
- Blue Cadillac (1996)
- A Child Is Born — with The Petersons (1997)
- Live at the Quest — with the Minneapolis Allstars (1998)
- My Calendar — with Jeanne Arland Peterson (2000)
- A Compilation — with The Peterson Family (2003)
- Everything (2004)
- Let's Stay Here — with Oleta Adams (2009) (session musician, producer and coproducer, US touring band)
- Gaslight — with fDeluxe (2011)