Sheila E.

Active - 1967 - 2013  |   Born - Dec 12, 1957 in Oakland, California, United States  |   Genres - Music

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Drummer and pop singer Sheila E. is best known for being a protégée of pop superstar Prince. Her best-known hit remains "Glamorous Life." She made her feature-film debut in Krush Groove (1985). Though she acted in a couple more films, including The Adventures of Ford Fairline, she's appeared in numerous documentaries and performance films including the Prince concert doc Sign O' the Times. In 2007 she was a judge on the reality competition series The Next Great American Band.

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  • Toured and recorded with her father, Latin percussionist Pete Escovedo, throughout the '70s in the band Azteca.
  • First gained mainstream attention when she sang a duet with Prince on his 1984 single "Erotic City."
  • Best known for her '80s pop hits "The Glamorous Life" and "A Love Bizarre."
  • In 1998, became the first female bandleader on late-night TV with Magic Johnson's short-lived talk show The Magic Hour.
  • Toured with former Beatle Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band in the early 2000s.
  • Joined Fox's reality competition The Next Great American Band as a judge in 2007.
  • Was the Season 3 winner of the CMT reality show Gone Country in 2009.
  • Is the cofounder and chair of the Elevate Hope Foundation, which promotes the arts and music to child-abuse victims.