The Prince's favorite...

Sheila E, whose real name is Sheila Escovedo, is an American singer-songwriter from a long line of musicians, the best known of which are singer Alejandro Escovedo, Javier Escovedo founder of the group The Zeros, Mario Escovedo of the group The Dragons, but also Coke Escovedo which was part of the Santana group and founder of the Azteca group. Among others ...

It was in 1976 that things really took off for her when she participated in the recording of Alphonso Johnson's track "Yesterday's Dream". A first step that allowed her to join The George Duke Band the following year. Group with which she will make no less than 4 albums between 1978 and 1980.

But it was 1978 that was to prove decisive for her destiny when she crossed, for the first time, the path of a certain… Prince. Which promises her that one day they will play together in the same group ...

A prophecy that came true in 1984 when she participated alongside him in the recording sessions for what would become one of the greatest albums of all time, namely "Purple Rain". By playing backing vocals on songs like "Let’s go crazy" and "Erotic city".

An ideal launching pad that will allow her to launch solo the same year thanks to the album "The glamorous life". And for a first album, it's a real masterstroke. The album was a hit with the single which bears the name of the album. A success due in part to a particularly neat music video which allows the singer to achieve international star status. Album from which will also be extracted a second top hit with the single "The Belle of St. Mark", thus confirming the vertiginous rise of the artist. Also the same year, she will have a brief affair with Prince.

A year later in 1985 the album "Romance 1600" was released, an album of lesser success and which saw a slight public disaffection dawning, slowly but surely, on the horizon. An album which produced a first single "Sister fate". Single with medium success. On the other hand, the second single extracted him, will be a real hit. The title "A love bizarre" becomes a global top hit and for good reason : she sings it with Prince!

Small air hole in 1986 and back in force in 1987 with a new album named after the artist. Album which will mainly produce the hit "Hold me". Title which will unfortunately already be his last notorious hit.

Between 1986 and 1988, she will mainly serve as a drummer for Prince in his new group The New Power Generation.

She returned in 1991 with a new album "Sex cymbal" but this time, the return will go almost unnoticed. The album, like the 2 single extracts "Sex cymbal" and "Droppin' like files", will have only limited success. Success in free fall, serious health problems, a decade 90 which will prove to be particularly trying for the singer. And which will precipitate its inevitable decline ...

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • The glamorous life 1984

  • The Belle of St. Mark 1984

  • Sister fate 1985

  • A love bizarre 1985

  • Holly rock 1986

  • Hold me 1987

  • Sex cymbal 1991

  • Droppin’ like flies 1991

  • Cry baby 1992

Clips :

1984 ... a smashing start for the Prince's favorite. The pretty Sheila signs here simply one of the biggest dance hits of the decade. We couldn't ask for a better start ! MAS-TER-FUL !

1984 ... a decidedly exceptional year 1984 with a 2nd global mega hit in the wake, an extremely rare thing for a beginner. The 'Prince's Touch' works and produces wonders ...

1985 ... a dynamic that does not weaken in this new year. Everything unrolls like in a fairy tale for the singer who connects top hits to top hits and becomes one of the phenomena of the moment

1985 ... the favorite and her Prince in a virtual duo, it was to be expected. A magical duo that will have propelled the singer into spheres that she could never have imagined. HU-GE !

1986 ... after two literally euphoric years, the surprise effect begins to wear off and the bellows drop somewhat. Especially since inspiration is starting to be lacking ...

1987 ... no more frenzied rhythms, here she arrived in the Intimist area. Who could have imagined her all smoothly and with finesse. And yet, not only can she do it and in a very nice way too !

1991 ... then a big 4 years air hole. Four years to recharge your batteries and come back to a slightly different register. A little but not different enough to allow her to catch up with the leading pack ...

1991 ... where the art of trying to stick to the new standards of the moment. Despite the good will, the sound is really too typical of the 80s and the result will be final : last notorious hit for the singer ...

1992 ... we find her once again in the Intimist field for her last title of the decade. And my faith, it makes you wonder if she should not have devoted herself exclusively to this area during the 90s because she ensures, that's clear !

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