Sheila E.: Passion, Percussion and Philanthropy

Sheila E. talks about growing up with music, art, and sounds, her challenges, new projects, Elevate Hope and her visit to Cincinnati for The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Black and Latino Achievers College and Career Readiness Program on Friday, November 16, 2012. To learn mora about this event, please visit or for tickets call 513-362-2012.


Sheila E.

2010 Emmy nominee Sheila Escovedo (Sheila E.) picked up the drumsticks and started making music at the precocious age of three, while watching her legendary father, percussionist Pete Escovedo rehearse.  Sheila delivered her first solo performance to a live audience two years later and has since established herself as one of the most talented percussionist/drummers and performers in the world. Best known to music fans as Sheila E., she became a top session and touring musician before the age of 19, performing and/or recording with George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Con Funk Shun and countless others.  Soon to follow with Marvin Gaye on his final world tour, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Babyface, Patti LaBelle, and Stevie Nicks, among others.

In the 1980’s, Sheila’s friend Prince helped to catapult her to her own pop superstardom. Her obvious talent and hits like “The Glamorous Life” and “Love Bizarre,” plus her pivotal work on other Prince-related projects contributed to her international stardom.  Other works include her participation in the “We Are The World” session, and a performance on the Oscars with virtuoso Placido Domingo.

In recent years, she has served as musical director for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce’ Knowles, and Prince.  Her music production and arrangement skills have been showcased on the Latin Grammy Awards, Summer Olympics, ALMA’s, and the Image Awards, to name a few.  She became television’s first female musical director for Magic Johnson’s “The Magic Hour.” Sheila’s enthusiasm for the new generation of players led her to design “ClassE” Custom Series for adults, and the “Sheila E.’s Player Series,” for children.

Sheila appeared for three consecutive runs as drummer for Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band. She also appeared as one of the celebrity judges on Fox’s “The Next Great American Band”, and was the grand-prize winner on “Gone Country 3” on CMT. Her current project is the new release of The E Family’s new single “I Like It,” from their upcoming release of their first collaborative CD, “Now & Forever,” with her Father Pete Escovedo, and brothers Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo. Sheila received her Doctorate of Music Degree from MI, and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for Fiesta Latina, A Performance at the White House.

Despite her commitment to, and the demands of making music, Sheila maintains a heavy involvement in charitable organizations as a philanthropist, with her passion as co-founder and chair of the Elevate Hope Foundation, focusing on the needs of victims of child abuse, by promoting music and arts education, as an alternative form of therapy. 

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