Sheila Escovedo was born into a musical family.
The eldest child of Pete and Juanita Escovedo (she has two brothers, Juan and Peter Michael, and one sister, Zina), she
started playing with the family instruments at the age of 3.
was obviously influenced by her father Latin jazz legend and timbalero Pete Escovedo (then band leader of the influential band Azteca) while watching him rehearse.
At that moment, Sheila knew exactly what she wanted to do: she was going to be a percussionist.
From age 17, Sheila
has recorded and toured extensively with renowned artists such as Babyface, Billy Cobham, Natalie Cole, George Duke, Pete Escovedo, Gloria Estefan, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Nicks, Patti LaBelle, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, Ringo Starr, Tito Puente, Don Was, Stevie Wonder and countless others, but to name a few.
In 1983, Sheila
caught the attention of Prince and changed her
name to "Sheila E.," and Prince helped her
first solo album, "The Glamorous Life.
The first single from the album, "The Glamorous Life," written, performed, and directed by Sheila E.
, was released in the spring of 1984 and earned popular and critical acclaim.
This single went on to receive multiple Grammy and American Music Award nominations, and won MTV's Best Video Award.
"The Glamorous Life" yielded a hit single in the title track, and another hit for its follow-up single, "The Belle of St. Mark."
After three months of sold out performances in Europe and the United States, Sheila
began touring as the opening act for Prince's 1984-85 sold out Purple Rain Tour, all while composing her
follow-up album, "Romance 1600.
Released in August of 1985, "Romance 1600" raced up the charts with its mega-single "A Love Bizarre.
In 1986, Sheila
acting debut in the motion picture "Krush Groove," and contributed the song "Holly Rock" to its soundtrack.
Soon after, she
third album entitled "Sheila E.
," which included yet another smash single, "Hold Me," which went to #1 on Billboard's chart and had a fast-growing international reputation.
Instead of touring to support her
own album, however, Sheila
joined Prince's band, playing drums and percussion, for his
European tour supporting his
album "Sign o' the Times," a tour that Rolling Stone Magazine readers rated as the 15th best tour in music history.
strong family roots and love for Latin jazz, she
father, Pete, and fellow Latin jazz legend, the great Tito Puente, on a special concert which deviated from the pop and funk music she
had become popular playing.
Later released on video and CD as "Latina Familia," the performance showcased her
skills as a virtuoso musician.
In 1988 and 1989, Sheila
toured again with Prince on his
"Lovesexy" World Tour, playing drums and percussion.
In the following year, she
appeared in the Andrew Dice Clay comedy "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane" and in 1991, released her
fourth CD, "Sex Cymbal.
In 1998, Sheila
became the first female bandleader on late night television on Magic Johnson's variety show "The Magic Hour," and she
co-wrote and co-produced the late night show's theme song.
has played on countless albums, including the soundtrack to "Prince of Egypt," featuring Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, successful Japanese artist Namie Amuro (whom she
also toured with in 1996 and 2002) and Gloria Estefan's hugely successful "Mi Tierra."
Among her other notable appearances, Sheila
performed at the 35th Annual Academy Awards with the incomparable Placido Domingo, the 1996 Summer Olympics and was featured in the "all girl" Grammy production opening number featuring Ellen DeGeneres.
In 2004 Sheila joined Prince on the "Musicology" tour, which was seen by 1.5 million people.
also performed "The Glamorous Life" at the 7th Annual VH1 Divas, a benefit concert for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation
that was televised worldwide, and appeared on the TBN network show "Praise The Lord" that received the highest ratings of the season.
In 2005 Sheila was a Featured Artist and Musical Director for her first gospel tour "Sisters In The Spirit" featuring Yolanda Adams, Martha Munizzi, Kelly Price, Juanita Bynum and RiZen.
In the summer of 2006 Sheila
returned for the third time and toured in concert with the legendary Ringo Starr.
In 2006 Sheila
founded her all girl group C.O.E.D. (Chronicles Of Every Diva) featuring Sheila E.
, Rhonda Smith, Kat Dyson, and Cassandra O'Neal, who went on their highly acclaimed first European tour in March 2007 with special guest Dutch sax player Candy Dulfer.
In 2007, Sheila
was chosen as one of the celebrity judges for American Idol Spin-Off "The Next Great American Band."
Founder and president of HEAVEN PRODUCTIONS MUSIC
, a music production company, Sheila
and company has been hired to direct and arrange music for the ALMA Awards (1998 & 1999), The 1998 WoW Awards, 1998 Gospel Music Association's
annual event, and the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards.
co-hosted ABC's Countdown To the American Music Awards with Wayne Brady, hosted 10 episodes of VH1's Arsenio Jams, and appeared as a celebrity judge for NBCs Americas Most Talented Kids Finals
In 2003 she
wrote, recorded and taped a montage for the World Series in Baseball.
, a philanthropist, continues to devote her
talents and time to the Elevate Hope Foundation
(EHF), a charitable organization (which she is co-founder and co-chair) that assists the needs of abused and abandoned children through music therapy.
Despite the demands of her
commitment to making music, she
maintains a heavy involvement in the organization.
"There are so many kids who need our help," she
says, "And we're trying to help them get their lives together by building their confidence through music and the arts.
It's just another way for me to do God's will, another reason for living.
I believe we are here to help people in this lifetime.
We must give something of ourselves to truly live.
have presented countless events to raise money for the foundation.
charitable work through the Elevate Hope Foundation
performed on USA For Africa's "We Are the World," for African famine relief.
rendition of "Mary Had A Little Lamb" to the Pediatric Aids Foundation
with 6 million CDs and videos sold worldwide for the project "For Our Children.
Most recently, Sheila E.
participated in the third season of CMT's hit show, "Gone Country.
was the Grand Prize Winner of the third season and has gone on to release her
first country single & video for her
song, "Glorious Train."
is indeed a multi-faceted drummer, percussionist, vocalist, songwriter, performer, arranger, producer, composer, instrumentalist and humanitarian.
gifts have brought joy on the world and have made her
one of today's brightest talents, and she
continues to be one of our most treasured stars.