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Sheila E
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Performer Profile
Birth Date 12 December 1957 (1957-12-12) (age 66)
Hometown Oakland, California

Appearance(s) 14 Week 5: Latin Night

Sheila Cecelia Escovedo, better known by her stage name Sheila E, is an American percussionist, singer, author, and actress.

She has been a guest performer in Dancing with the Stars in Season 14. Couples have danced to her songs in other seasons as well.

Career Highlights[]

Sheila made her recording debut with jazz bassist Alphonso Johnson on "Yesterday's Dream" in 1976. By her early 20s, she had already played with George Duke, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, and Diana Ross. In 1977, she joined The George Duke Band. She appeared on several of Duke's albums, including Don't Let Go (1978), Follow the Rainbow (1979), Master of the Game (1979), and A Brazilian Love Affair (1980). Escovedo and her father released Happy Together in 1978 on Fantasy Records, sharing billing as Pete and Sheila Escovedo. In 1983, she joined Marvin Gaye's final tour Midnight Love Tour as one of his percussionists.

Prince met Sheila E. at a concert in 1978, when she was performing with her father. After the show he met her and told her that he and his bassist Andre Cymone "were just fighting about which one of us would be the first to be your husband." He also vowed that one day she would join his band. The two would eventually join forces during the Purple Rain recording sessions. She provided vocals on the B-side to "Let's Go Crazy", "Erotic City" in 1984. Though taken under Prince's wing, she proved to be a successful artist in her own right.

Sheila began a successful solo career, starting with her critically acclaimed debut album, which included the career-defining song, "The Glamorous Life". She became a mainstream solo star in 1985 following the success of the singles, "The Belle of St. Mark", "Sister Fate", and "A Love Bizarre", with the last becoming one of her signature songs. She is commonly referred to as The Queen of Percussion.

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