Sheila E

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Sheila Escovedo (born December 12, 1957), better known as Sheila E., is the daughter of percussionist Pete Escovedo, with whom she frequently performs. She made her debut with jazz pianist George Duke. She is a remarkable drummer and percussionist who had played with Lionel Richie, Marive Gaye, Herbie Hancock & Diana Ross by the time she was in her early twenties. She became a Prince protegée in 1984 and scored major hits with "The Glamorous Life" and "Love Bizarre." She sings, plays drums, and violin. Sheila E. was nominated for American Music Awards & Grammy's for "The Glamorous Life" and opened for Prince on his wildly successful Purple Rain Tour in 1984-85. Sheila recorded three albums under Prince's direction, "The Glamorous Life," "Romance 1600," and "Sheila E." She appeared in two films, "Krush Groove" with Run-DMC, LL Cool J and Blair Underwood in 1985 and Prince's concert film, "Sign of The Times" in 1987. During the Sign 'O' the Times and Lovesexy period of Prince's career, she served as his drummer and musical director in his highly regarded backup band. She also served as a writer and musician on many of Prince's records, as well as offsprings like Apollonia 6. After leaving the Prince organization in 1989, Sheila recorded a few more albums, "Sex Cymbal", "Writes of Passage & Heaven."

Sheila E. is the aunt of socialite Nicole Richie and business partner of singer and former Bride of Funkenstein, Lynn Mabry. They formed a foundation for abused children called the Lil Angel Bunny Foundation.

Albums

  • "Heaven" (Concord 2001)
  • "Writes of Passage" (Concord 2000)
  • "Sex Cymbal" (Warner Bros. 1991)
  • "Sheila E." (Warner Bros. 1987)
  • "Romance 1600" (Warner Bros. 1985)
  • "The Glamorous Life" (Warner Bros. 1984)

External links

  • Shelia E. (http://www.sheilae.com/), Shelia E's official site
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