Sheila Escovedo (born December 12, 1957), known by her stage name Sheila E., is an American drummer and percussionist, born into a musical family. she is the eldest child of Pete and Juanita Escovedo, and started playing with the family instruments at the age of 3.
Shelia E has recorded and toured with artists such as Babyface, Natalie Cole, George Duke, Pete Escovedo, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, Patti LaBelle. In 1983, Sheila caught the attention of Prince and changed her name to “Sheila E.,” and Prince helped her record her first solo album, “The Glamorous Life.”
Check out Shelia E on the Prince tour.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Shelia E. for a segment of TV One’s Unsung last year.