As part of the Chicago House Music Festival in Millennium Park, the 2018 award will be presented to legendary house music artist and producer Jamie Principle.
Born and bred in Chicago, Jamie Principle is considered to be one of the pioneers of house music, and his 1984 song "Your Love" is recognized as one of house music's first songs. Inspired by a poem that Principle wrote for his girlfriend, the song was recorded at home on a four track recorder. Principle's friend Jose Gomez gave a copy to a DJ that he knew...the legendary Frankie Knuckles who played it regularly at his Chicago club. The song was an underground sensation - played in clubs, copied onto tapes and circulated among fans - before it was finally releases as a 12" single over a year later.
Principle continued to collaborate with Knuckles and release music throughout the 1980s, including "Baby Wants to Ride," "Cold World," "Bad Boy," "Rebels," "Waiting on My Angel" and "I'm Gonna Make You Scream." In 1992, he released the dance album The Midnight Hour.
His entries on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts began in the early 1990s with "Cold World," a #22 dance hit collaboration with Steve "Silk" Hurley, the classic "You're All I Waited For" and CeCe Peniston's "I'm Not Over You," which reached #2 in US Dance and #10 in US R&B. In 2004, Pirnciple hit #1 on the US Dance Chart with "Back N Da Day," again collaborating with the iconic Knuckles.
Principle is featured on the track "Sex Murder Party" from virtual band Gorillaz' 2017 album Humanz. He is also featured alongside Snoop Dogg on the Gorillaz song "Hollywood" and is currently on a worldwide tour with the Gorillaz.