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Sheila E. Releasing New Solo Album ‘Icon;’ Marks 40 Years in Music Biz Video]

Musician Sheila E. performs in January at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Veteran singer, drummer and percussionist Sheila Escovedo, perhaps better known as Sheila E., is releasing her first solo album in 12 years, “Icon,” on March 25.

The release helps mark her celebrating 40 years in the music business.

“We are excited about the release, particularly of the multi-genre format that reflects Sheila E.’s broad artistry and experience,” said Gilbert Davison, her manager, in a statement.

An accomplished musician, her credits read like chapters in a music history book, having worked with Ringo Starr, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan and George Duke. She is also an Emmy Award- and Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter behind “The Glamorous Life” and “A Love Bizarre.”

She is a multi-instrumentalist who is equally proficient on guitar and bass.

Family, faith and music are the guiding forces for Sheila, who grew up in the Bay Area of northern California. Her father is legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo and her godfather is Latin star Tito Puente.

“I can’t believe it’s been 40 years since I began my career in the music business. I have been blessed to make music with some of the most incredible artists in the world,” she said.. “The past year has been very introspective for me.”

In September, she’s releasing her biography, “The Beat of My Own Drum.”

About her music, she said: “This album represents my musical journey and the different paths I have been blessed to travel. I’m excited and proud of this music.”

The first single, “Mona Lisa,” is already out. “Icon” is being distributed through BFM Digital, Inc., according BFM Digital and W&W Public Relations.

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