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About Sheila E

Sheila Escovedo picked up the drumsticks and started making music at the precocious age of three. Sheila delivered her first solo performance to a live audience two years later and has since established herself as one of the most talented percussionist/drummers and performers in the world. Best known to music fans as Sheila E., she became a top session and touring musician before the age of 20, performing and/or recording with George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Con Funk Shun, Marvin Gaye (on his final world tour), Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Patti LaBelle, and Steve Nicks among others.
In the 1980's, Sheila's collaboration with the artist Prince helped to catapult her to her own pop superstardom. Her obvious talent and hits like, "The Glamorous Life" and "Love Bizarre", in conjunction with her pivotal work on other Prince-related projects, and contributed to her international stardom.  Particularly proud moments during this period include her participation in the 1985 "We Are The World" session, Grammy, American Music Awards and MTV nominations, worldwide sold-out performances, and the memorable performance on The Oscars with virtuoso Placido Domingo.
In recent years, Sheila E. has served as drummer of Ringo Starr All Star Band, musical director for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce' Knowles, and Prince.  Her producing, arranging, and performance talents have been showcased on the Latin Grammy Awards, Summer Olympics, WOW Awards, ALMA's, The Image Awards and the 2012 Academy Awards. In 2010 Sheila was nominated for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Music Direction" in recognition for her leadership as musical director for President Obama's Performance at The White House: Fiesta Latina. Her current project, The E Family, with her father Pete Escovedo, and brothers Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo, has been very well received and is receiving airplay and appreciation nationwide.