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Chavez, Ingrid

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After moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1986, she auditioned for a number of bands, made the rounds of the Minneapolis music scene, and paid her bills working in a coffee shop. It was around this time she met Prince.

Prince, impressed by one of Chavez’ demo tapes, took her under his wing in 1987. She was known as The Spirit Child on his 1988 album Lovesexy, and she starred as his romantic interest, Aura, in his 1990 film Graffiti Bridge.

In 1989, she collaborated with Richard Werbowenko on a handful of electronic music compositions that were released only on a demo cassette.

In 1989, Ingrid formed a band called ‘Skyfish’ with Richard Werbowenko. They created a six-song album released only on cassette. Ingrid ran into Prince a year or so later and handed him a copy of the ‘Skyfish’ demo. Shortly after the exchange, Prince contacted Ingrid and wanted her to listen to a track that he had just finished with the poem ‘Heaven Must Be Near’. Prince asked Ingrid to finish the poetry album.

It was at this time that Chavez was asked to play the part of Prince’s romantic interest in his 1990 film ‘Graffiti Bridge’. It was during the filming that Chavez went into the studio with Lenny Kravitz and Andre Betts and co-wrote and recorded what became Madonna’s sultry 1990 hit ‘Justify My Love’.

In 1992, Chavez recorded vocals for recording artists David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto’s ‘Heartbeat’ single. Soon after, Ingrid married David and over the years contributed her trademark breathy vocals to a number of her husband’s releases. During the mid-1990s, Chavez worked with Sylvian and Werbowenko on a second solo album entitled, ‘Little Girls with 99 lives’.

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