Sheila E.
American singer
Sheila E.
Sheila Escovedo, known by her stage name Sheila E. , is an American drummer and percussionist, perhaps best known for her work with Prince, George Duke and Ringo Starr.
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PBS's <i>Soundbreaking</i>: Hank Shocklee Explains How Recording a Song is Harder Than Turning on Your iPhone
Huffington Post - 3 months
Frank Sinatra records would rarely be confused with Public Enemy records. But the thing to understand about record production, says Hank Shocklee, is that the principle is the same. Shocklee (above) is one of more than a hundred voices explaining the production mystique in Soundbreaking, an exhaustive eight-part PBS series that launches at 10 p.m. ET Monday. It was the last project of the late Sir George Martin (below), who is best known for producing the Beatles, and it ropes in artists and producers from Paul McCartney, Elton John and B.B. King to Questlove and Sheila E. Its sheer length might wear some casual music fans down, but as a look into why so many great records sounded great, it's insightful and invaluable. This isn't about how the sausage was made. This is about how Sgt. Pepper, Thriller and Fear of a Black Planet were made. Shocklee is best known for producing some of the most explosive hip-hop albums ever, when he and the aptly named Bomb Squad ...
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Sheila E. to play Minneapolis benefit
Yahoo News - 5 months
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince's former protege Sheila E. is coming to his hometown to play a benefit concert.
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Sheila E delivers the beat for Clinton - 7 months
Musician Sheila E was joined by family members at the Democratic National Convention's final night delivering the beat for Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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D'Angelo MIA from BET's Prince tributes
LATimes - 8 months
Tributes to Prince were a highlight of Sunday night’s BET Awards – with salutes by Maxwell, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monáe and longtime collaborator Sheila E. among the most riveting moments of the show. But one scheduled performer was nowhere to be seen: D’Angelo.  The “Black Messiah” singer would...
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Prince mourned in private church service
Yahoo News - 9 months
Late pop icon Prince was remembered in a private ceremony at his church, with his family looking to hold a public event in August. Television footage showed mourners dressed in black entering a Jehovah's Witness temple in the leafy suburb of Minnetonka outside Minneapolis. The Star Tribune newspaper of Minneapolis said that Prince's protegee Sheila E was among hundreds who attended the 45-minute service, which was closed to the media.
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The Wisdom of Prince, as Told by His Collaborators
NYTimes - 10 months
Sheila E., King and more musicians talk about what they learned from working with an artist who so thoroughly mastered the stage and the studio.
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Sheila E. remembers working with Prince: 'He just wanted to play'
LATimes - 10 months
When Sheila E. picked up the phone Friday evening, she didn’t need to be asked how it felt to lose her friend Prince. The breathy, reassuring voice of this singer and percussionist — a familiar presence in the mid-1980s thanks to tunes like “The Glamorous Life” and “Erotic City” — had grown small...
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'He Loved People Whether He Showed It Or Not': Sheila E. Remembers Prince
NPR - 10 months
Sheila E. recorded hits like "A Love Bizarre" and "The Glamorous Life" with Prince back in the mid-1980s. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to her about her memories of Prince, who died Thursday at age 57.
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The Bay Area's Summer Music Celebration! Stern Grove Festival Announces 2015 Concert Line-up
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Stern Grove Festival, a San Francisco summer tradition for over seven decades, announced its 78th season of admission-free concerts, Sundays at 2:00 p.m. from June 14 through August 16, 2015 at Sigmund Stern Grove, located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco. The 2015 Season showcases an eclectic roster of popular performers from the Bay Area and beyond. This summer's 10-week concert series features The Doobie Brothers, Randy Newman, Pacific Mambo Orchestra with special guest Sheila E., Mary Chapin Carpenter, Talib Kweli, tUnE-yArDs, and Morris Day and The Time, among other diverse musical artists, as well as the Festival's classical partners San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Ballet. Each year Stern Grove Festival fulfills its long-standing mission to make the arts accessible to all. The Festival presents a stellar series of performing arts concerts in one of the country's most beautiful natural settings, completely free of admission. A cherished summer ri ...
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A Tip for the Ladies From the Hollywood Trenches
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
With the Grammys 2015 behind us, I thought it apropos to talk about a typical experience I had while working in Hollywood. I loved my work in music television production. I wouldn't trade it for anything. But, like any other job, it came with its own set of frustrations. When thinking about this, I can't help but recall the time I met "Universal." Universal was one of the many guys back in the day who wanted to introduce me to the stereotypical Hollywood "casting couch." As if I would ever fall prey to the casting couch. I was eager and a networking fool, but let's not go crazy. My life was all about networking at a time when the only thing I'd done to qualify me to work in television was production and news desk work at my local network affiliate news station. Networking was all I had (aside from my brains, keen fashion sense and wicked sense of humor). When Universal and I met, I was with my friend Britt at a legitimate red carpet event, hosted by her network E! Entertainmen ...
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<em>Dear Governor Cuomo</em>: A Conversation with Natalie Merchant, Plus Catching Up with Freda Payne
Huffington Post - over 2 years
A Conversation with Natalie Merchant Mike Ragogna: Natalie, what have you been up to lately beyond the new album? Natalie Merchant: I've become extremely active in the fight against hydraulic fracking in New York. Where are you based? MR: Iowa, though I grew up in New York, so this concerns me as well. NM: Well, New York is sitting on the Marcellus Shale, which has huge reserves of natural gas, but the only way to extract them is by exploding the bedrock a mile or two under the surface and pulling the gas up using hundreds of millions of gallons of freshwater which will then be contaminated. It's also extremely radioactive down there. We're watching what's happened in other states with the contamination of aquifers and the devastation of previously rural areas that are now highly industrialized. There's also quite a bit of contamination of the air that occurs with hydraulic fracturing. Anyway, I've been involved in that, and I made a film called Dear Governor Cuomo, beca ...
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Sheila E. Recalls The Fateful Night She Met Prince (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Grammy-nominated female percussionist and singer Sheila Escovedo, better known by her stage name Sheila E., was a huge pop star in the '80s. She famously collaborated with Prince on his "Purple Rain" album and he helped guide her solo career. In a new episode of "Oprah: Where Are The Now?", Sheila E. shares the story of the fateful night they met. "I met Prince in 1978, I think it was," she says in the above video. "He played here in the Bay Area, and after he performed I was walking backstage to introduce myself and he was in the mirror. And he shook my hand and he goes, 'I know who you are.'" To Sheila's surprise, Prince had been following her career. "That's when we just started hanging out, working together and listening to music," she says. Several years later in 1983, Sheila says Prince inspired her to jump-start her career. "He just said, 'Don't you want to do a record?" she recalls. It immediately set a fire in Sheila. "So it seemed like it was weeks later, I wa ...
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Lions! And Tigers! And Drag Queens?! Best in Drag Show Returns
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"The year Lotta Slots won the crown," says Jeffrey Drew, describing his evolution from contestant to director of Best in Drag Show, "I rode in on a camel singing 'Midnight at the Oasis.'" Two standing ovations later, Drew ascended to drag heaven. Thereafter, Lotta was slotted into several years of color commentating ("covering costume changes and reading the girls") on contestants who struggle to perform in heels and keep their towering hair pieces in place. A benefit for the direct services organization Alliance for Housing and Healing (formerly AID for AIDS), this year's Best in Drag Show happens the evening of Oct. 6, when six contestants, several dogs, glitter and feathers descend on the Orpheum Theater's stage. Best in Drag Show has nothing to do with RuPaul's Drag Race or the bar circuit of professional drag queens who lip-synch their way through numbers while casting shade and telling raunchy jokes. Best in Drag Show contestants "aren't the brightest bulbs on the strip," sa ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sheila E.
  • 2016
    On June 26, 2016, Sheila led a tribute to Prince on the 2016 BET Awards, featuring a medley of his hits.
    More Details Hide Details The next day, she released a new song, "Girl Meets Boy," in honor of Prince. In February 2009 she was made an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority by the Eta Delta Chapter located at Howard University in recognition of her humanitarian efforts through and in music.
    In 2016, Sheila provided drums for Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL's orchestral soundtrack to the blockbuster superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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  • 2012
    Sheila joined Dave Koz on his 2012 Christmas Tour. 2013 was to bring Sheila's next solo CD, as well as an autobiography.
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    Sheila toured in 2012 alongside Sy Smith throughout Europe and the United States.
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    On June 16, Sheila headlined the 2012 Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.
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    On April 17, 2012, Sheila was featured with "Macy's Stars of Dance" on the Dancing with the Stars results show.
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    On February 26, 2012, Sheila performed at the 2012 Academy Awards alongside Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer, playing the into and out of commercial segments.
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  • 2011
    On June 7, 2011, she performed on the Late Show with David Letterman as a part of the show's first "Drum Solo Week".
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    On May 25, 2011, Sheila performed alongside Marc Anthony on the tenth season finale of American Idol.
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  • 2010
    In 2010, Sheila E joined forces with Avon as a celebrity judge for Avon Voices, Avon's first global, online singing talent search for women and songwriting competition for men and women.
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    Sheila E. performed two shows at Yoshi's in San Francisco on August 15, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details At her merchandise stand she sold an EP From E 2 U. It includes a song "Leader of the Band" written by Prince (uncredited, but confirmed by Sheila E.) and it features Prince on piano according to the song's introduction, where he is called by name. She toured on his 20Ten Tour and Welcome 2 America tours.
  • 2009
    On December 13, 2009, Sheila E. performed at the Deryck Walcott produced Christmas Jazz held at the Plantation Restaurant in Barbados.
    More Details Hide Details Sheila E. has collaborated many times with other artists, notably with Gloria Estefan for whom she played the timbales. Sheila E. first collaborated with Estefan on Estefan's first Spanish language studio album Mi Tierra in 1993, and in 2007 with Estefan's smash hit "No Llores" in which Estefan also collaborates with Carlos Santana and José Feliciano. She also is one fourth of the band C.O.E.D. (Chronicles of Every Diva), who toured overseas in 2008 and released a CD available in limited distribution or through her website.
    On May 30, 2009, Sheila E. and the E Family Band performed at Rhythm on the Vine at Gainey Vineyard in Santa Ynez, California for the Hot Latin Beats concert.
    More Details Hide Details Also performing at the concert was Poncho Sanchez.
    A video for the song debuted on CMT on March 7, 2009, following the airing of the episode of Gone Country in which Sheila E. was announced the winner.
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    In 2009 Sheila E. won the CMT reality show, Gone Country.
    More Details Hide Details This gave her an opportunity to make country music aided by the country producer, writer, and singer John Rich. Sheila E.'s first song in the country market was "Glorious Train".
  • 2008
    On June 14, 2008, Sheila E. performed at the Rhythm on the Vine music and wine festival at the South Coast Winery in Temecula, California for Shriners Hospital for Children.
    More Details Hide Details She took the stage with the E Family, Pete Escovedo, Juan Escovedo and Peter Michael Escovedo. Other performers at the event were jazz musician Herbie Hancock, contemporary music artist Jim Brickman and Kirk Whalum.
    From May 2 to 6, 2008, Sheila E. played four sold-out shows at Blue Note Tokyo, the most frequented jazz music club in Tokyo, Japan.
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    On April 26, 2008, Sheila E., along with Morris Day and Jerome Benton, performed with Prince at the Coachella Music Festival.
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    On April 9, 2008, Sheila E. appeared on the Emmy winning program, Idol Gives Back.
    More Details Hide Details Sheila E. took part in the show opener "Get on Your Feet" with Gloria Estefan. Dance troupe, So You Think You Can Dance finalists joined them on stage.
    Sheila E. once again teamed up with Prince in March 2008, as she sat in (and played keyboard) on the performance with her family at Harvelle Redondo Beach.
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  • 2007
    In October 2007, Sheila E. was a judge alongside Australian Idol judge and marketing manager Ian "Dicko" Dickson and Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik on the Fox network's The Next Great American Band.
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    She also performed at the ALMA (American Latin Music Awards) Awards in June 2007 with Prince, and on July 7, 2007 in Minneapolis with Prince.
    More Details Hide Details She performed at all three of his concerts: first, at Prince's 3121 perfume launch at Macy's, followed by the Target Center concert, and finally, at an aftershow at First Avenue.
    She performed at the 2007 Latin Grammy Awards with Juan Luis Guerra.
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    In March 2007 she went on a small tour through Europe with her new band project called C.O.E.D. (Chronicles of Every Diva). C.O.E.D. consists of Sheila E., Kat Dyson, Rhonda Smith and Cassandra O'Neal.
    More Details Hide Details For several concerts she was joined by Candy Dulfer, who was billed as a special guest.
  • 2006
    Sheila E. performed at the Sonoma Jazz Festival in 2006 as part of Herbie Hancock's band featuring Larry Carlton, Terrence Blanchard, Marcus Miller, and Terri Lyne Carrington.
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    In February 2006 Sheila E. performed with Prince (and Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman) once again at the BRIT Awards.
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  • 2005
    In 2005, Sheila E. was a surprise guest orchestrating a band, in Amerie's "1 Thing" performances for The Lady Of Soul & World Music Awards.
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  • 2004
    In 2004 Sheila E. toured New Zealand as drummer and percussionist for the Abe Laboriel Band.
    More Details Hide Details The same year she also was featured on Tonex's Out the Box on the song "Todos Juntos". She also played drums on Cyndi Lauper's hit album of standard covers, At Last. She played percussion on the song "Stay". Sheila E. joined Lauper on a live version of that song on VH1 Divas. Sheila also performed at Prince's One Nite Alone... Live! concert, Live at the Aladdin Las Vegas in 2003, 36th NAACP Image Awards in 2005, and on the Good Morning show in June 2006.
  • 2001
    Sheila E. has performed three stints as one of the member "All-Starrs" of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, in 2001, 2003, and 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Her drum "duets" with Starr are a moment of comic relief in the show, where they play the same parts but he quickly falls behind, shrugs and smiles as she takes off on an extended percussion solo. Says Sheila E.: "Ringo truly is one of the greatest rock n' roll drummers in the history of music. He enjoys the joke!" She also was the leader of the house band on the short-lived late night talk show, The Magic Hour, hosted by Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. in the late 1990s.
  • 1998
    In 1998 she played percussion on the Phil Collins cover of "True Colors".
    More Details Hide Details In 2002 Sheila E. appeared on the Beyoncé Knowles song "Work It Out".
  • 1996
    In 1996 she played in Japanese pop singer Namie Amuro's live backup band.
    More Details Hide Details The show at Chiba Marine Stadium was later made available on DVD.
  • 1989
    After leaving the Prince organization in 1989, Sheila E. recorded a few more albums, Sex Cymbal, featuring the hit "Sex Cymbal", "Dropping Like Flies", and "Heaven".
    More Details Hide Details However, the albums garnered little attention. This was especially true in the case of Sex Cymbal, since Sheila E. developed severe health issues that prevented her from touring in order to promote it.
  • 1985
    She appeared in four films, Krush Groove with Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J and Blair Underwood in 1985, Prince's concert film, Sign "O" the Times in 1987 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and Chasing Papi in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details They were also briefly engaged in the late '80s, during Prince's Purple Rain tour. During the Sign "O" the Times, Black Album, and Lovesexy periods of Prince's career (including the Lovesexy World Tour), Sheila E. served as his drummer and musical director in his backup band, dubbed The New Power Generation not long after her departure. During the Sign "O" the Times era, she released the single "Koo Koo" from her third album Sheila E., which had Sign "O" the Times member Cat as a backup dancer in the accompanying video. Sheila E. also served as a writer and musician on many of Prince's records, as well as on the albums of his protégés such as Madhouse.
    In 1985 she released Romance 1600, and scored another hit with the track "A Love Bizarre".
    More Details Hide Details The non-album track "Holly Rock" made its way to live shows and into the film Krush Groove. She was also nominated for an American Music Award and two Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance Female for the song "The Glamorous Life". Sheila E. recorded three albums during the '80s, The Glamorous Life, Romance 1600, and Sheila E..
  • 1984
    In 1984 she scored hits with "The Glamorous Life" (#7 on the Hot 100), which also topped the dance charts for two weeks in August 1984.
    More Details Hide Details The video for the song would bring three MTV Award nominations for Best Female Video, Best New Artist and Best Choreography. She also received two Grammy Awards Nominations for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance Female. Her second release "The Belle of St. Mark" (#34), would be NME 'Single of the Week'. She opened for the Purple Rain Tour and the duo simultaneously began a brief romantic relationship, while Prince was still seeing Susannah Melvoin, twin sister of The Revolution band member, Wendy Melvoin.
    She provided vocals on the B-side to "Let's Go Crazy", "Erotic City" in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details Though taken under Prince's wing, she proved to be a successful artist in her own right.
  • 1978
    Prince met Sheila E. at a concert in 1978, when she was performing with her father.
    More Details Hide Details After the show he met her and told her that he and his bassist "were just fighting about which one of us would be the first to be your husband." He also vowed that one day she would join his band. The two would eventually join forces during the Purple Rain recording sessions.
  • 1976
    Sheila made her recording debut with jazz bassist Alphonso Johnson on "Yesterday's Dream" in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details By her early 20s she had already played with George Duke, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, and Diana Ross. She also plays guitar.
  • 1957
    Born on December 12, 1957.
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