Sheila E.

The scion of the Escovedo musical dynasty, which included her father Pete Escovedo and uncle Alejandro, Sheila E. 's most frequent collaborator was the rock icon Prince, but she transcended preconceived notions about ... Read more »
Born: 12/11/1957 in Oakland, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The 2010 Miss Universe Pageant 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Idol Gives Back 2 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

2007 NCLR Alma Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Next Great American Band 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

World Music Awards 2005 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Cursed 2005 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Wendy Williams is on Fire on the Red Carpet 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

2004 BET Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Most Talented Kids 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Chris Isaak Show 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Presents the '80s 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

From The Waist Down: Men, Women & Music 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Americanos Concert 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 ALMA Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ALMA Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic Hour 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Live From the House of Blues 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Midnight Mac 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Concert of the Americas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

American Bandstand 40th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Listen Up 1990 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane 1990 (Movie)

Club Singer (Actor)

Sign o' the Times 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

CBS' Happy New Year America 1985 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Krush Groove 1985 (Movie)

Sheila E (Actor)
Music (12)

Man of Steel 2013 (Movie)

Drum Orchestra(Junkie XL) (Music)

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 (Movie)

(Soloist)

Chasing Papi 2003 (Movie)

("Favorite Fantasy") (Song)

2001 ALMA Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Music

"We Are the World": A 10th Anniversary Tribute 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane 1990 (Movie)

("Funky Attitude" "Watcha' Gonna' Do") (Song Performer)

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane 1990 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Krush Groove 1985 (Movie)

("A Love Bizarre") (Song Performer)

Krush Groove 1985 (Movie)

("A Love Bizarre") (Song)

Krush Groove 1985 (Movie)

("A Love Bizarre") (Music Arranger)

Protocol 1984 (Movie)

("The Glamorous Life") (Song Performer)

Protocol 1984 (Movie)

(Song)

Biography

The scion of the Escovedo musical dynasty, which included her father Pete Escovedo and uncle Alejandro, Sheila E. 's most frequent collaborator was the rock icon Prince, but she transcended preconceived notions about his Svengali-like relationship with female protégés by virtue of her extraordinary talents as a percussionist. She began performing as a teenager alongside her father and uncle in their Latin funk band Azteca, before working as a session player for Marvin Gaye and George Duke. She finally stepped into the spotlight with her Top 30 solo debut, The Glamorous Life (1984), which produced a Top 10 single in the title track, a sultry paean to decadent living penned by Prince that meshed well with the high-gloss, high-drama funk of his Purple Rain period. However, her pop career quickly cooled after generating a Top 20 hit with another Prince tune, "A Love Bizarre" (1985), though she remained a significant member of the singer-songwriter's camp by serving as musical director on numerous tours. Her reputation as a show-stopping performer also led to stints with Ringo Starr, Herbie Hancock and Gloria Estefan, as well as forays into television, most notably as bandleader for Magic Johnson's short-lived talk show "The Magic Hour" (Fox, 1998). Though her pop career was largely a footnote, Sheila E.'s percussive skills not only elevated her beyond the fleeting fame of Vanity, Apollonia and other female singers shepherded by Prince, but also garnered great respect from some of the biggest names in the music industry.

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