there were a couple of songs during the show that I would get in that place. I was playing drums and in the midst of Purple Rain song he turned around and then asked me to marry him, I didn't even know my eyes were closed and I looked, and I think we both hit this one part of… Sitting in a green room at WCCO-TV, the California percussionist was clearly spent, belying the sunniness of her multicolored top. People don’t even know what it’s like to play two or three hours in a show. Athletes go back out — it doesn’t matter if they’re hurt. Prince met Sheila when she was performing with her father in 1978.Dressed casually, the well-known shoe fashionista was wearing black tennis shoes — after two days in high heels. “Him jumping off those risers — is that going to injure his hip? She sang backup on his “Let’s Go Crazy” on the album “Purple Rain” in 1984 and he, in turn, wrote hits for her, including “The Glamorous Life” and “A Love Bizarre.” After performing as the opening act on his Purple Rain Tour, she became the drummer in Prince’s band in 1987.
“Some of those songs were hard to listen to,” said the drummer, her eyes moistening behind her thick black-framed eyeglasses. You grabbed on to someone, hugged them and cried,” Sheila E. Among the handful of mourners were model Damaris Lewis, purple-clad Larry Graham, bassist and Prince’s spiritual mentor, and Kirk Johnson, his aide-de-camp who ran Paisley and played drums in the band. Former Prince drummer Sheila E consoles a fan as she left Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minn., Saturday, April 23, 2016. The older we get, it doesn’t get easier at all.” Met Prince in 1978 Sheila Escovedo grew up in a family of percussionists.
Every time I do something it’s like it’s brand new.
Sheila E: When I started to write it in my thirties, the first time I wrote it, once I read it back I only started the first part of that story and I was going to share it as my testimony for a church bible study and I spent two hours just writing and I stopped for a minute and I looked and I read it and then I just broke down because I didn't realize how crazy it was and deep it was.
received a text from her uncle, who works at a San Diego newsroom, about Prince’s death.
She and her manager, Gilbert Davison (who used to be Prince’s manager), immediately booked a flight to the Twin Cities. It was actually beautiful.” They were close friends for nearly 40 years. I thought we were going to grow old together,” the drummer, 58, said late Sunday afternoon, 24 hours after she’d attended a small, private memorial at Paisley Park. Many took place in a studio inside the WCCO-TV building. It’s hard to talk about, but it’s also helping me,” she said in a soft monotone.