Sheila Cecelia Escovedo, more popularly known by the stage name of Sheila E., is an American Drummer, singer, actress, and author. She was born on 12th December 1957 in Oakland, United States. She began her career with a successful solo album, which received critical acclaim for a debut album; it included her career-best song, “The Glamorous Life.” She is well renowned as the “Queen of Percussion.”
Early and Personal Life:
Sheila was born in a family of musicians, but she largely aspired to become a percussionist as she drew inspiration from her father, Pete Escovedo, who is also a Mexican-American Percussionist. Her family was filled with musicians as her uncle, Alejandro Escovedo, was a Mexican American rock musician, singer, and songwriter while her Godfather Tito Puente was also a widely known American musician and songwriter. She publicly admitted to being raped at the tender age of 5 by her teenage babysitter, and she believes that this incident impacted her childhood development majorly. Sheila E is currently single, but earlier, she was married to Prince and Carlos Santana.
In 1976 Sheila made her recording debut on ‘Yesterday’s Dream alongside Bassist Alphonso Johnson.’ After a concert where Sheila was performing with her father in 1978, Sheila’s career took a boost as she met Prince there with whom she joined forces and sung wit him ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ and ‘Erotic City’ in 1984.
She went on to release her debut album, having her career-best track ‘The Glamorous Life’ peaked the MTV music charts throughout the world. After that, she released various songs in collaboration with fellow artists and solos, which were tagged as the best songs, and she became one of the most leading and popular artists.
Until now, Sheila E. has released 20 singles, and her most recent single ‘No Line’ even featured Snoop Dogg. She has even written a book that is based on her life and career, which is available in the market under the name “The Beat of My Own Drum.”
Although Sheila E. has been nominated for a various number of major awards, she never won any major award. She has been nominated for The Grammys(4 times), The Primetime Emmy Award(Once), The MTV Video Music Awards(2 times) for different categories like Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Performance(Female), Best Rhythm & Blues Song, Outstanding Music Direction and many more.
Sheila E has a net worth of $12 million. She lives in a house in Van Nuys, California. She mostly earned her money from her albums and the tours she did all over the world. Her tours with Prince are majorly responsible for her net worth of millions given that she performed with him during his most prominent years and even during his Reunion tour that happened in the 2000s.
She has amassed a huge fan following from her blockbuster hit albums and solo singles, and she once again won the hearts of her fans with her book that threw more light upon her life and career until now. Sheila E has also founded the Elevate Hope Foundation along with The Brides of Funkenstein to help and provide support and care to the abused and abandoned children.