Sheila E. Marks 40 Years in Music

Sheila E. Marks 40 Years in Music
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Born Sheila Escovedo, Sheila E., is very well-known for her killer musical skills.

The 56-year-old musician, who was part of Prince's band back in the 80's and even served as a writer for many of his songs, is celebrating her 40th year in the industry.

In honor of her four-decade long career, Sheila E. is being awarded the 2014 Hispanicize "Latinovator" award.

"Sheila E.’s countless achievements in music and film industries make her a standout entertainer who has lasted the test of time,” said Manny Ruiz, organizer and creative director of Hispanicize 2014, in an announcement about her award, according to Fox News Latino.

“Like other Latino visionaries, Sheila E. embodies what a crossover star is. Her achievements have opened doors for many aspiring Latinas, artists and actors.”

The percussionist, who is of Mexican and Creole heritage, was more than thrilled to receive the award.

“I don’t win a lot of awards,” she said. “And that’s fine with me. But when I do win an award, any time someone wants to give an award it’s an acknowledgment of the work that you’ve done. It’s always such a blessing to get that recognition, the appreciation.”

After 40 years, Sheila E. is still fully immersed in the business. She is set to release a new album titled Icon on March 24; she is releasing her autobiography The Beat of My Own Drum later this year; and she still performs with her father, who turns 79 this year.