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You might say genetics gave Sheila E a little leg up in the drumming department: her father is noted percussionist Pete Escovedo, who led the Latin big band Azteca for many years.
A working musician by the time she turned 21, having performed with George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie and Diana Ross, Sheila met Prince at a concert in 1978. The Purple One took her under his wing, which led to Sheila contributing lead vocals to the song Erotic City (the B-side of Let's Go Crazy).
A year later, Sheila E was having hits of her own. The Glamorous Life (just try drumming and singing that at the same time - not easy), The Belle Of St Mark, A Love Bizarre - all big-time smashes that showed off her dreamy, satiny voice and her virtuosic ways with percussion.
Solo albums, guest appearances - Sheila's been all over the map during the past two decades. Since 2001, she's performed three stints with Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band. Her drums of choice are DW and she uses Zildjian cymbals and hardware. With Toca, she has her own signature line of hand drums.