– Sheila E. will be the first female solo percussionist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.– The star will be unveiled on Wednesday, with Ringo Starr and H.E.R. among the scheduled speakers.– The ceremony will take place in front of the Musicians Institute on Hollywood Blvd.– Sheila E. and her father, Pete Escovedo, will perform a song together at the ceremony.– The star is the 2,759th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961.– Sheila E. will also perform a concert titled “Sheila E and Friends” at The Bourbon Room in Hollywood.
HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Sheila E. will become the first female solo percussionist on the Hollywood Walk of Fame when her star is unveiled Wednesday, with Ringo Starr among the scheduled speakers.
“I am honored, humbled, and blessed to receive this prestigious award,” the musician born Sheila Escovedo told City News Service. “This is a forever moment that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
Grammy and Oscar-winning R&B singer H.E.R. is also scheduled to speak at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the Musicians Institute at 6752 Hollywood Blvd. that will be emceed by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and star recipient Jimmy Jam.
Jimmy Jam, his songwriting and producing partner Terry Lewis, and Sheila E. received Emmy nominations for outstanding music direction in 2020 as music directors of “Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute To Prince.”
The ceremony will be streamed on the Walk of Fame’s website, walkoffame.com.
Sheila E. will perform a song with drums at the ceremony, joined by her father, Pete Escovedo, who received a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021 along with his daughter.
The star is the 2,759th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the initial 1,558 stars.
At 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sheila E. will perform a concert at The Bourbon Room in Hollywood titled “Sheila E and Friends,” celebrating the unveiling of the star.
Born Dec. 12, 1957, in Oakland, Sheila E. gave her first public performance when she was 5 years old, appearing alongside her father in front of a crowd of 3,000, in a performance she told CNS “changed my life.”
“I did not realize this was something that I wanted to do,” she said. “At the end of that performance, I knew then, and only then this was my purpose.”
Her early musical influences included her uncle Coke Escovedo, a percussionist with the rock band Santana and Latin rock band Azteca; another uncle, Mario Escovedo, was the front man for the rock band The Dragons, the rock bands Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, the R&B/pop group the Pointer Sisters and the funk band Sly & the Family Stone.
“I used to sit on the corner outside of the local community center with Twinkies and 7-Up listening to Sly and Larry Graham rehearse,” she said. “The sounds of the Bay Area molded me.”
Sheila E. made her recording debut with jazz bassist Alphonso Johnson on “Yesterday’s Dream” in 1976. By her early 20s, she had already played with George Duke, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock and Diana Ross. In 1977,…
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