In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we’re featuring the achievements, exploits and adventures of our illustrious Board of Directors across the music industry.  

For the ninth (and final installment) in our ongoing series of weekly snapshots, we catch up with the legendary Sheila E!



“Live your life. Live it beautifully and bravely, knowing that nothing can leave you broken forever. Follow the beat of your own drum, your own heart, and you’ll be happy.”- Sheila E

Known worldwide as a Grammy® and Emmy® Award-nominated singer/songwriter (including mega-hits: “The Glamorous Life” and “A Love Bizarre”) dynamic drummer/percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and Pop, Latin and R&B superstar …Sheila E. is also an actress, mentor, and philanthropist.

She continues to build upon her well deserved status as a music legend and role model with the upcoming release of her new autobiography on Sept. 2nd  “The Beat of My Own Drum” :


Upcoming book release and signing events: New York: 9/7 – Hollywood: 9/10 – Boston: 9/27

Sheila E’s extraordinary career has spanned 7 album releases, countless appearances on A-list recordings, tours, TV and film appearances.

In 2014, she also released a brand new CD: “ICON”:


Whether chosen by Prince to join his band…


With The Purple One

Or, to perform at the White House…


Or to perform for the 2012 Academy Awards (with Pharrell Williams and composer Hans Zimmer)… 

Sheila E, Hans Zimmer, Espernaza Spalding, Pharrell Williams

Sheila E, Hans Zimmer, Esperanza Spalding, Pharrell Williams

Or serving on behalf of The Recording Academy (The Grammys®) Board as a Governor and Trustee…

With Neil Portnow, President of The Recording Academy

With Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy

Or getting a standing ovation at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors…

Being surrounded by many friends and collaborators…

Stevie Wonder and Sheila E. appear onstage during the International Jazz Day Concert held at the United Nations General Assembly Hall 2012

Stevie Wonder and Sheila E. onstage during the International Jazz Day Concert @United Nations General Assembly Hall 2012

Or performing (one of many times) at the Hollywood Bowl…

Playboy Jazz Festival 34TH Anniversary 2012 at The Hollywood Bowl

With Pete Escovedo at The Playboy Jazz Festival 2012 at The Hollywood Bowl

She credits her father Pete (and her godfather Tito Puente) as tremendous influences…

Or by ringing in 2014 performing with Sergio Mendes on New Year’s Eve at Disney Hall…

With Sergio Mendes at Disney Hall New Years Eve 2014

With Sergio Mendes at Disney Hall New Years Eve 2014

Or being known at Musicians Institute as “Dr. E”…

Honorary Doctor of Music Degree from MI 2010
Honorary Doctor of Music 2010

It’s CLEAR to all that Sheila E. has not only lived “the glamorous life”, she’s lived the life of an incredibly inspirational role model. When away from the spotlight, music doubles as a source of healing and giving back for Sheila E.  Between gigs, she crisscrosses the country speaking at schools and colleges, shelters, church organizations, music classes and clinics about music’s effect on her life and career.

In 2001, she founded The Elevate Hope Foundation, which has supported numerous programs (thru its grant awards) that provide abused and abandoned children an alternative method of therapy through music and the arts.

Most recently, (in tandem with the city of Oakland), Sheila and Elevate Hope staged the very successful first annual “Elevate Oakland” benefit concert in February of 2014.   The goal: to raise funds to improve student academic achievement and attendance through music and arts programming, and bringing new opportunities and supporting the creative potential of Oakland youth. 


We are deeply honored and immensely proud to have Sheila E. serve as a member of the Board of Directors for The Musicians Foundation.


 We’re extremely proud of our board, and their dedication in support of music education!


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