Prince Covers Christian Singer-Songwriter for New Song 'What If'

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Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL

Always a man with a surprise up his sleeve (was anyone anticipating his first acting credit in years to be on New Girl?), Prince's new song is probably not what you'd expect from the Purple One.

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Prince and 3rdEyeGirl released an electric guitar-heavy cover of Christian singer-songwriter Nichole Nordeman's "What If," a song that embraces the closely-knit relationship between doubt and faith.

Nordeman is a regular on the Christian music scene: Not only did she contribute a track to the Music Inspired by the Chronicles of Narinia album, but she wrote a song for VeggieTales called "Sweetpea Beauty." In case you're unfamiliar, VeggieTales is a children's cartoon about anthropomorphic produce who sing and relay morality tales.

Sure, Prince has sang about God and religion for years, but he usually doesn't release studio versions of cover songs -- much less covers of songs by a VeggieTales vet. In short, Prince continues to be awesome. You can listen to the song over here and check out the original version below.

Prince released the song to Louisville, KY, radio, where he's kicking off the U.S. portion of his Hit & Run Tour. That's the only date announced so far, but given the last-minute nature of the European Hit & Run Tour, expect the rest of his U.S. dates to pop up with short to no notice.