5 Artists You May Not Have Realized That Sheila E. Played With
When you think of Sheila E. and the artist with whom sheâs most often associated, thereâs really only one thought that tends to come to mind: Prince. Thatâs fair, since heâs the one who kick-started her career, thanks to penning her classic single âThe Glamorous Life,â but sheâs a talented percussionist whose career never required her to be at His Royal Badnessâs beck and call at all times, and since itâs her birthday, we thought weâd spotlight five artists whoâve also utilized her skills on their recordings.
1. Kenny Loggins, âVox Humanaâ (1985): Given that VOX HUMANA was Logginsâ first album after the success of Footloose, youâd think that youâd remember it for all of the hits that it spawned. In truth, however, it really only had one substantial hit â âForeverâ â and itâs far better known for all of its guest stars. In addition to Sheila E. guesting on the title track, the album also features appearances by Steve Lukather, David Foster, Steve Porcaro, Marilyn Martin, Richard Page, El DeBarge and Bunny DeBarge, Philip Bailey, Hamish Stuart, Carl Anderson, and the Pointer Sisters.
2. Poison, âNative Tongue / The Screamâ (1993): Definitely an anomaly among Poisonâs catalog, the harder and more serious tone of this LP is definitely not what most people remember the band for, which may be why it failed to secure a ton of sales. Fortunately, if you want to hear Sheilaâs contributions, theyâre on the first two tracks, so give those a spin and youâre done!
3. Carlene Carter, âHe Will Be Mineâ (1995): Who says Sheila E. canât go country? Well, truth be told, Carter always had a bit more of a rockabilly twang to her tunes, but itâs still a pleasant surprise to see and hear Sheila in the mix.
4. Jennifer Love Hewitt, âLetâs Go Bangâ (1995): Yes, thatâs right, the Party of Five / Ghost Whisperer superstar had a brief run as a recording star, and given the titillating title of this track, you can imagine that Sheila was right at home with the material.
5. Pat Boone, âPanamaâ (1997): Kids, weâre not even going to try and explain this one to you, because it involves the PMRC and Pat Boone trying to be cool andâ¦ You know what? Just listen to it. Itâs still going to be inexplicable, but at least youâll probably get a laugh out of it.