1980s hits”Attractive Life”and” A Love Bizarre” and for her long time connection and cooperations with Prince. However the Oakland-born artist has also worked with legends like Ringo Starr, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan and more and she truly does it all as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. She added another impressive achievement in September when she released”
Iconic: Message 4 America,”a musical call to action that landed her back on the Signboard Albums chart for the very first time given that 1991. Since she’s performing at the Golden Nugget this weekend, I took the opportunity to talk with Sheila E. about the album and how essential it is to her, and how her fans are responding to such a politically charged piece of work. We simply saw you on “American Idol “for the program’s Prince episode. How much fun was that? It was a great deal of fun and it was an important thing to do, too. Everybody wants to do Prince songs and is motivated by him and no one is trying to replace him– because you can’t– however we need to keep taking the chances to continue his tradition and commemorate it, to teach the next generation what that is. I’m really thankful” American Idol” did that. If we do not educate about him and continue to commemorate him, then individuals will forget and everything goes away. He’s done so much. It would be a pity for people to not keep in mind all the great things he left us. And you were in Las Vegas right before you did”Idol. “Did you capture a program last time you were in town? I enjoy Vegas. I have household there and I like to obtain in and out and see programs, from Cirque do Soleil to more recent ones. I saw Earth, Wind & Fire [at Venetian] however before that I saw Ricky Martin, who places on a great program. I love his songs which theater he’s performing in, & you do not even realize it’s a theater since he turns it into one enormous club. Everyone is partying, singing and dancing which’s exactly what you want music to do. Is it true that you were dealing with the”Renowned “album before the 2016 election? It was a couple years prior that I began a job called”Political correctness.”I knew the record I wanted to compose several years ago however I believed it would take at least six months to put it together due to the fact that the lyrical content needed to be quite deep. But then whatever happened so quickly. I was grieving Prince and after that I was mourning our country, with the method the election was going, so I recognized I needed to put something out right now. And so I started considering the tunes I grew up listening to in the ’60s and ’70s, terrific songs that were so relevant for that time and again today with exactly what’s taking place now. And so”Iconic”is a collection of curated covers of songs like “Come Together”with Ringo Starr and “Everyday People” with Freddie Stone from
Sly & The Household Stone and”Pusherman “by Curtis Mayfield. Right. “Pusherman,” today, that pusherman is the drug administration. We are resolving things that are taking place right away with these tunes and paying tribute to those artists. We did”One Country Under a Groove”with George Clinton. It’s time to come together through peace and love, so we picked that due to the fact that we need to unify, even though there’s so much hatred and division and even though the lyrical material can be crazy, the property is bringing individuals together. All of it suggests something. Existed any apprehension for you when you were making the album, considering this is not something your fans would necessarily expect from you? My fans are not used to me speaking about these kinds of things.
That’s why I knew it would take a while to compose it. However these songs deal with the issues I would have written about, issues like hardship and all the things about the National Anthem. And it’s going terrific when we’re playing these tunes. We open up with a funky variation of the National Anthem, our variation, and if they’re sitting they begin standing and singing and we love that. When you go to our programs, you see variety in the audience. Music brings individuals together. It does not matter what does it cost? cash you make or exactly what your status is or who you like or if you’re Republican or Democrat. Our audience is exactly what America looks like, all individuals, all of the above. Sheila E. takes the stage at 8 p.m. on May 18 at the Golden Nugget Display Room(129 E. Fremont St., 800-745-3000) and more info can be discovered at goldennugget.com.