Basic Background Info

Birth: December 12, 1959
Location: Oakland, California
Band: Prince, The E Family Band
Genres: Rock, Funk, R&B
Instruments: Drums, Percussion
Occupation: Musician, Actress



Sheila Escovedo was born into music. Her father Pete, a Latin jazz legend, often rehearsed at home while Sheila watched. Appropriately, she started playing percussion when she was just three years old. Twelve years later, Sheila became a professional musician.

In 1983, Prince noticed Sheila E. and immediately recognized her talent. With his help, Sheila E. recorded her first solo album, The Glamorous Life. Sheila E.'s first single, by the same name, received critical and popular praise, including Grammy and American Music Award nominations.

Sheila E. toured to sold-out crowds for three months supporting her album, before joining Prince's Purple Rain tour, opening for the megastar while working on her second solo album. After she released chart-topping Romance 1600, Sheila E. toured opening for Lionel Ritchie. In 1986 Sheila starred in the film Krush Groove and performed in the soundtrack.

Sheila E.'s self-titled third solo album received international praise. Nonetheless, Sheila joined Prince's band for his European tour, Sign oí The Times. Shortly thereafter, Sheila E. returned to her Latin roots and performed with her father and Tito Puente; the album was later released as Latina Familia. Sheila E. returned to Prince again for his Lovesexy tour in 1988. Sheilia appeared in the movie The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and released her fourth album in 1991.

Sheila E. took a break from professional obligations for a few years due to various health concerns. After returning to the stage, Sheila created E-Train, playing a combination of soul, Latin jazz, funk, fusion and gospel music. E-Train released their first album, Writes of Passage, in 1998.

In 2004, Sheila E. worked with Prince again on his Musicology tour. And in 2006 she toured with Ringo Starr. The same year, Sheila E. created girl-powered COED (Chronicles of Every Diva) with Rhonda Smith, Kat Dyson, Candy Dulfer, and Cassandra O'Neal.

Sheila E. continues performing as a solo artist, supporting band member, and bandleader. In addition, Sheila carefully devotes her time to philanthropy and charity. For example, she created the Elevate Hope Foundation to heal abused children through music.

Sheila E.'s most recent album, Heaven, fuses adult contemporary, funk, jazz, and inspirational music.

Throughout the course of her career, Sheila E. recorded with Babyface, Billy Cobham, Natalie Cole, George Duke, Pete Escovedo, Gloria Estefan, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Nicks, Patti LaBelle, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, Ringo Starr, Tito Puente, Don Was, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Stevie Wonder, among many others.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1976 Yesterday's Dreams Alphonso Johnson
1976 You Can Keep Your Hat on Merl Saunders
1977 Inner Conflicts Billy Cobham
1977 Jubilation The Rowans
1977 Magic Billy Cobham
1977 Secrets Con Funk Shun
1977 Solo Two Pete & Sheila Escovedo
1978 Don't Let Go George Duke
1978 Happy Together Pete & Sheila Escovedo
1978 Loveshine Con Funk Shun
1979 Best of Herbie Hancock Herbie Hancock
1979 Brazilian Love Affair George Duke
1979 Candy Con Funk Shun
1979 Carry On Flora Purim
1979 Feets, Don't Fail Me Now Herbie Hancock
1979 Follow the Rainbow George Duke
1979 Groovin' You Harvey Mason
1979 Master of the Game George Duke
1980 Midnight Radio James Lee Stanley
1980 Rhapsody and Blues The Crusaders
1980 Spirit of Love Con Funk Shun
1980 Touch Con Funk Shun
1982 Perfect Stranger Jesse Colin Young
1983 Looking at You, Looking at Me Narada Michael Walden
1984 Glamorous Life Sheila E.
1984 Let's Hear It for the Boy Deniece Williams
1984 What About Me? Kenny Rogers
1985 Around the World in a Day Prince & the Revolution
1985 Krush Groove Original Soundtrack
1985 Live Romance 1600 Sheila E.
1985 Romance 1600 Sheila E.
1985 Vox Humana Kenny Loggins
1986 Dancing on the Ceiling Lionel Richie
1986 Krush Groove Various Artists
1986 Parade Prince & the Revolution
1987 Mister E Pete Escovedo
1987 Sheila E. Sheila E.
1987 Sign 'O' the Times Prince
1988 Lovesexy Prince
1989 Back on the Block Quincy Jones
1989 Jazzvisions: Latina Familia Various Artists
1990 Adventures of Ford Fairlane Original Soundtrack
1990 Graffiti Bridge Prince
1991 Droppin Like Flies Sheila E.
1991 Sex Cymbal Sheila E.
1992 Snapshot George Duke
1993 Devotion Warren Hill
1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues James Lee Stanley
1993 For Our Children: The Concert Disney
1993 Hits 1 Prince
1993 Hits 2 Prince
1993 Hits/The B-Sides Prince
1993 Jus Wiggin Boog
1993 Mi Tierra Gloria Estefan
1993 Michael Wolff Michael Wolff
1993 Native Tongue Poison
1993 Voice Mavis Staples
1994 Common Ground Everette Harp
1994 I Like It Like That, Vol. 1 Original Soundtrack
1994 I Like It Like That, Vol. 2 Original Soundtrack
1994 Ladies of the 80's, Vol. 2 [Import] Various Artists
1995 Flying South Pete Escovedo
1995 From the Street Tom Coster
1995 Let's Go Bang Jennifer Love Hewitt
1995 Songs from the Key of Life Najee
1995 Spirito DiVino Zucchero Sugar Fornaciari
1995 Symbiosis Simon Phillips
1995 World of Dance: The 80's Various Artists
1996 Az Yet Az Yet
1996 Baile de MasCaras Maldita Vecindad y los Hijos del Quinto
1996 Barb Wire Original Soundtrack
1996 Best of Dance 1986 Various Artists
1996 Day Babyface
1996 Doyle Bramhall II Doyle Bramhall II
1996 Falling into You Celine Dion
1996 Go Cat Go Carl Perkins
1996 Greatest Hits George Duke
1996 House of Music Tony! Toni! Tone!
1996 JVC XRCD Sampler Various Artists
1996 Laid Back Doc Powell
1996 Love Jams, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1996 Moment Kenny G
1996 Never Alone: Duets Paul Jackson Jr.
1996 Only Rock 'N Roll 1980-1984: 20 Pop Hits Various Artists
1996 Place of Hope Various Artists
1996 Ratamacue Harvey Mason
1996 Songs of West Side Story Various Artists
1996 Windham Hill Sampler '96 Various Artists
1996 With These Hands Alejandro Escovedo
1997 18 Dance Mix Classics Various Artists
1997 Cool Relax Jon B.
1997 Cosmic Funk Various Artists
1997 Dance 80's Various Artists
1997 Disco Queens: The '80s Various Artists
1997 E Street Pete Escovedo
1997 Forever's a Long Long Time Orquestra Was
1997 Hot Ladies of Pop Various Artists
1997 King is Coming Any Day Bam Crawford
1997 Lounge-A-Palooza Various Artists
1997 Love Always K-Ci & JoJo
1997 Only Love 1985-1989 Various Artists
1997 Solo Two/Happy Together Pete Escovedo & Sheila Escovedo
1997 Sweet Summer Days Ray Obiedo
1998 #1's Mariah Carey
1998 Billboard Top Dance Hits: 1984 Various Artists
1998 Hits Phil Collins
1998 Indestructible VÈronique Sanson
1998 My Love Is Your Love Whitney Houston
1998 Old School Jams Various Artists
1998 Rock & Roll Relix: 1980-1989 Various Artists
1998 Rock & Roll Relix: 1984-1985 Various Artists
1998 Runway Hits: Music from the Catwalk Various Artists
1998 This Is Jazz, Vol. 37 George Duke
1998 Ward Street Eddie M
1998 Who Loves You? Kashif
1998 World of Dance Various Artists
1999 At the Close of a Century Stevie Wonder
1999 First Things 1st Ricky Lawson
1999 Hippity Hop Various Artists
1999 Knockout Original Soundtrack
1999 My Love Is Your Love Whitney Houston
1999 Pavarotti & Friends: For Guatemala & Kosovo Luciano Pavarotti/Boyzone/Mariah Carey/J
1999 Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale Prince
2000 #1's Mariah Carey
2000 Book of Life Bam Crawford's Purpose
2000 Collection of His Greatest Hits Babyface
2000 Collector's Series, Vol. 1 Celine Dion
2000 Colors of Latin Jazz: From Samba to Bomba! Various Artists
2000 Digability Sam Cardon
2000 E Musica Pete Escovedo
2000 Knockout: La Musica Original Soundtrack
2000 Love Songs Najee
2000 Sax for Christmas Michael Paulo
2000 Staff The Staff
2000 Writes of Passage Sheila E. & the E-Train
2001 Body + Soul: After Dark Various Artists
2001 Concord's Women in Jazz: The New Century Various Artists
2001 Denver Nuggets: Gold Rush Various Artists
2001 Detroit Pistons: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2001 Golden State Warriors: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2001 Heaven Sheila E. and the E-Train
2001 Houston Rockets: Clutch City Various Artists
2001 Los Angeles Clippers: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2001 Love Songs Babyface
2001 Miami Heat: Can You Feel the Heat Various Artists
2001 New Jersey Nets: Jersey Style Various Artists
2001 Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones Quincy Jones
2001 Ricky Lawson and Friends Ricky Lawson
2001 Ultimate High Carly Hennessy
2001 World of Dance Various Artists
2002 Are U Still Down: Greatest Hits Jon B.
2002 King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Ringo Starr Ringo Starr & His New All-Star Band
2002 Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box Various Artists
2002 Sex Cymbal Sheila E.
2002 Shadow of the Cat Gato Barbieri
2002 Songs for a Purpose Driven Life Various Artists
2003 At Last Cyndi Lauper
2003 Concord Records 30th Anniversary Various Artists
2003 Dancing on the Ceiling Lionel Richie
2003 Essential Babyface Babyface
2003 Face to Face Cindy Diane
2003 Greatest Hits Leann Rimes
2003 Live Pete Escovedo
2003 Still Small Voice Paul Jackson Jr.
2004 Blue Note Plays Stevie Wonder Various Artists
2004 Classikhan Chaka Khan
2004 In a Smooth Groove Various Artists
2004 Intellipop Rhonda Smith
2004 Musicology Prince
2004 My Music, My Friends, My Time Oskar Cartaya
2004 Por Vida: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo Various Artists
2004 Straight Ahead Ellis Hall
2004 Timeless Journey Patti LaBelle
2004 Tour 2003 Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
2005 All Star Tribute to Cher Various Artists
2005 Bayshore Road Peppino d'Agostino/Stef Burns
2005 Concord Picante 25th Anniversary Collection Various Artists
2005 Duetos Kumbia Kings
2005 Duke George Duke
2005 Hero Kirk Franklin
2005 Lonnie McNamee Presents The Compilation Masterpiece Various Artists
2005 Rizen, Vol. 2 Rizen
2006 3121 Prince
2006 Lord's Prayer: A Musical Tribute Various Artists
2006 Mi Tierra/Destiny Gloria Estefan
2006 Overnight Sensational Sam Moore
2006 Smoke 'N' Mirrors Lee Ritenour
2006 Ultimate Prince
2007 90 Millas Gloria Estefan
2007 Full Circle CTA
2007 Home Seven
2007 Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations Dr. Cornel West
2007 Planet Earth Prince
2007 Sisters in the Spirit Various Artists
2007 Ultimate George Duke George Duke
2008 Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band Live 2006 Ringo Starr
2009 Colour Me Free! Joss Stone
2009 Pretty Mess Erika Jayne
2010 Hello Tomorrow Dave Koz
2011 The Journey Andrae Crouch
2011 The Funk Capital of the World Bootsy Collins
2011 One Worship Vol. 2 One Worship
2011 Renegades Mark De Clive-Lowe
2013 Icon Sheila E.


  • Sheila toured New Zealand in 2004 as the percussionist and drummer for the Abe Laboriel Band.
  • In May of 2008, Sheila performed with the E Family band with her father Pete and brothers Peter and Juan, at the 25th Annual California Stawberry Festival in Oxnard.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Electronics: Shure
Percussion: Toca
Sticks: 3

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