Grammy-winning percussionist and vocalist, Sheila E.
SHEILA E., PERCUSSIONIST/SINGER, was born Sheila Cecelia Escovedo in Oakland Calif.. Sheila’s youth testifies to her love of music, from performing with her dad, percussionist Pete Escovedo, at the age of 5, to playing in a local band during high school, to touring with her uncle Coke Escovedo’s group Azteca in Colombia as a teen. Growing up, Sheila was introduced to all types of sound by her musical family members and family friends (her godfather was Latin star Tito Puente). Early in her career, Sheila met Prince, and after singing on his hit “Erotic City,” the two worked together to produce her first album. The title track on The Glamorous Life, made the U.S. Top 10, and the entire album, which combined Latin, jazz, R&B, pop and rock, reached number 28 on the U.S. Billboard 200. A musical powerhouse, Sheila has worked with some of the most influential acts of the past five decades: Ringo Starr, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Beyoncé, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan and more. She’s recorded seven solo albums, acted in several films and pursued philanthropic projects that are near to her heart.