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Sheila E.

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Miami Vice Performer
Born
December 12, 1957, Oakland, California
Active
1976-present


Sheila Escovedo (born December 12, 1957) is an American percussionist and singer known as Sheila E., whose song "The Glamorous Life" appeared in the episode "The Home Invaders" of the show Miami Vice.

Career

Escovedo was born in Oakland, California, the daughter of Santana drummer Pete Escovedo. Her family line runs deep into music, she has several uncles in the music business, as well as her brother Peter Michael Escovedo, who is the biological father of Lionel Richie's daughter Nicole. She began her career in 1976, recording with jazz guitarist Alphonso Johnson, she has also performed with Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Marvin Gaye, and Diana Ross. In 1978 she met Prince, who said she would eventually join his band, which she did, in 1984, during the recording sessions for his Purple Rain soundtrack. She reached the Top 10 in her own right with "The Glamorous Life", then hit with "The Belle of St. Mark", and she collaborated with Prince on "A Love Bizarre". Sheila E. also opened the Purple Rain tour and appeared in his film Sign O' The Times, as well as performed on the soundtrack. Escovedo left Prince's organization in 1989 and went on her own, but had little success, however she has performed on tour with Prince, as well as Ringo Starr's All-Star Band. In 2009 she won the reality show Gone Country and she recorded a country song, "Glorious Train", then recorded the album Icon in 2013, her first new album in 12 years. After Prince's death in 2016, she recorded the tribute song "Girl Meets Boy". Sheila E. also contributed a song to the animated film Boss Baby.

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