Sheila E to be Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
This Wednesday, July 12, another star will grace the Hollywood Walk of Fame… the 2,759thth star to be exact. Named the Queen of Percussion, Sheila E is getting her chance to shine while she is honored with her very own star. The event will take place in Los Angeles and will be live-streamed. Jimmy Jam will serve as the emcee, while Beatles’ Ringo Starr and H.E.R. will be guest speakers at the special event.
Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame shared, “Sheila E. is a powerhouse in the music industry. She has had quite an iconic career and has performed with the best! We are thrilled to have her join the iconic Walk of Fame as the first female solo percussionist on the Walk of Fame. I cannot think of a better place but to place her star in front of the Musician’s Institute.”
Carlos Santana and Sheila E perform live at The Oakland Coliseum in 1977
Sheila E comes from a family of musicians including father Pete, uncles Coke Escovedo and Mario Escovedo, and godfather Tito Puente. She grew up listening to all different genres of music and began playing with her dad and later on as a solo artist, also partnering with big stars such as Carlos Santana, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Ringo Starr, Prince, and Beyonce. While she is most known for being a percussionist, she is also incredible on the guitar and bass and has been an actor and philanthropist during her long career.
Longtime friends and collaborators Sheila E and singer Prince perform onstage in 2007
After meeting Prince and collaborating with him in the late ’70s, she launched a solo career in the ’80s with her debut album The Glamourous Life. Her amazing stage presence has made her a popular artist to see live since the 1990s. Since her debut album, she’s released seven albums since then with many of her songs hitting the charts including “The Belle of St. Mark” and “Sister Fate.”
Sheila E is often seen performing, producing, or arranging music for award shows including The Academy Awards, the BET Awards, and so on. At 65 years old, she also aims to give back to the people of Oakland. She created the Elevate Hope organization to help improve student academic achievement with additional music and arts programs. She also speaks at events around the country about how music positively affected her life and is currently working on releasing new music this year. Congrats, Sheila E!