Attrell Cordes

1970 - 2016 (Age 46)


Attrell Cordes, the lead singer of the R&B group P.M. Dawn, died June 17, 2016, of kidney failure in New Jersey, according to multiple news sources. He was 46.

The singer, also known as Prince Be the Nocturnal, was one-half of the influential R&B duo alongside his brother Jarett, also known as DJ Minutemix. Their hit, “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss,” featuring a sample of Spandau Ballet’s hit “True,” topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991. Follow-up singles “I’d Die Without You” and “Looking Through Patient Eyes” also reached the top 10.

The brothers formed the band in 1988 in their native Jersey City, New Jersey. According to their website, the name “P.M. Dawn is an abbreviation of the idea that in the darkest hour comes the light.”

Their blend of hip-hop and '70s-style soul caught on in the early '90s, and their first two albums – “Of the Heart, of the Soul and the Cross: The Utopian Experience,” and “The Bliss Album…?” – both achieved gold record status and impressed music critics. The delicate, piano-laced “I’d Die Without You” was also featured prominently on the soundtrack of the Eddie Murphy film “Boomerang.”

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Later albums proved less commercially successful. DJ Minutemix left the group in 2005 and was replaced by the brothers’ cousin Gregory Lewis Carr II, also known as Doc. G.

Cordes had a history of health problems. He had a stroke in 2005 and struggled for many years with diabetes.

“Prince Be Rest In Peace Forever More, Pain from diabetes can’t harm you anymore, My Heart is at Peace B-Cuz U suffered so long, Tell Grandma I said Hi & Stay Blisstatic & Strong,” read a post from his cousin Doc G. on P.M. Dawn’s official Facebook page.

Cordes is survived by his wife, Mary, and three children.

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God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the Family's... My condolences..

Your soothing voice and mesmerizing melodies have seen me through so much in my life. I would have loved to have gotten a chance to meet you. My love goes to your family for sharing you with the world. Hard to believe you have been gone for so long now, although I am thankful you are not suffering. Bless you for the way you saw people and the world, hope to meet you one day in that bright beautiful sun.
Much love and respect-


I wonder how it would be
If my heart were free from humanity
Lord, I always dreamed it would be
Bliss eternally!
If my heart were free from humanity-
Where happy people cry with me
And those full of life will die with me
Our final destination is peace at last.
-Prince Be aka The Nocturnal!
Rest in Bliss-A.C.
Your spirit lives 4ever.

Your music lives on. Miss you!

Prince Be,
May the lord love you and keep you in his divine light. Your music is still beautiful art many years later. It touched the souls of all who listened and reached beyond racial, ethnic, economic and political boundaries. It brought people that were different together im compassion and understanding. That was a beautiful gift you gave to us all. I would listen to your music for hours, feeling you were talking to me, helping me to be at peace. For that, you are my brother.

Loved your music growing up especially looking through patient eyes, music will never be the same without you. RIP prince be condolences to the family

Over the last 20 years if anybody asked me who my favorite was, it was you, this is such a loss. RIP - Attrell, thanks for the music