- 100% match to Sheila E.
This Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA-based funk outfit enjoyed a string of inventive hits in the early 80s that, for verve, style, and wit, often matched the output of their mentor Prince. Flamboyant singer Morris Day (Springfield, Illinois, USA) played drums in Princes junior high school band, Grand Central. After several years on the local R&B circuit he hooked up wi
- 77% match to Sheila E.
Prince Rogers Nelson, 7 June 1958, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. A prodigiously talented singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Prince was named after the Prince Roger Trio, of whom his father, pianist John Nelson, was a member. After running away from his mother and stepfather, he briefly joined up with John, who bought him his first guitar. He was later adop
Wendy & Lisa
- 59% match to Sheila E.
This US duo comprised Wendy Melvoin (26 January 1964, Los Angeles, California, USA) and Lisa Coleman (b. 17 August 1960, Los Angeles, California, USA) who were childhood friends from Los Angeles, California, and whose fathers were both session musicians. Melvoin was a pianist who encouraged his daughter to start playing guitar when she was just seven years old. Percussionist
- 40% match to Sheila E.
30 January 1959, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Formerly one third of Shalamar between 1977 and 1984, a hugely successful group of the disco era, Watleys first professional experience had come as a dancer on the television show Soul Train. After Shalamar disbanded she made the progression to solo artist, working in a contemporary soul/urban R&B vein. Her self-titled debut
- 31% match to Sheila E.
Cheryl Norton, 13 December 1958, Los Angeles, California, USA. This cousin of soul singer Pebbles is an accomplished drummer as well as a vocalist. She was discovered by her neighbour Michael Henderson, with whom she toured widely and appeared on his In The Night Time (1978). Five years later she made her solo debut with Fragile for Tabu, featuring the production team of Jim
- 30% match to Sheila E.
Yvette Marie Stevens, 23 March 1953, Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Illinois, USA. Having sung with several Chicago club bands, including Lyfe, Lock And Chains and Baby Huey And The Babysitters, Chaka Khan became acquainted with Ask Rufus, a group formed from the remnants of hit group the American Breed. When Khan replaced original singer Paulette McWilliams, the line-u
Sheena Shirley Orr, 27 April 1959, Bellshill, Scotland. Orr began performing while studying speech and drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music And Drama, studying by day and singing with the band Something Else in the evenings. Her short-lived marriage to actor Sandi Easton gave Orr her new name, and as Sheena Easton she was signed to EMI Records in 1979 following an au
15 November 1953, Natchez, Mississippi, USA. ONeal was one of the best-known soul crooners of the late 80s. In 1978, he joined Flyte Tyme with future producers Jimmy Jam And Terry Lewis. The group (as Time) became the backing band for Prince, although ONeal was soon dismissed for insubordination. During the early 80s, he began a solo career as a vocalist, making
Formed in Harlem, New York, USA, this R&B trio comprising Lisa Lisa (Lisa Velez, 15 January 1967, New York City, New York, USA; vocals), Mike Hughes (guitar) and Alex Spanador Moseley (guitar) was put together and produced by rap crew Full Force. The trio was signed to Columbia Records in 1985 and recorded their debut single, I Wonder If I Take You Home
- 27% match to Sheila E.
Mary Christine Brockert, 5 March 1957, Santa Monica, California, USA. A singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, Teena Marie is rightly fêted as one of the few white artists to sustain a consistent career in the US soul market. Spotted by Motown Records Berry Gordy in the 70s, he linked her up with funk star and labelmate Rick James, and h
- 23% match to Sheila E.
This US soul/funk act, originally called the New York City Players, was formed in 1974 by Larry Mr. B Blackmon (New York City, New York, USA; drums, vocals) and vocalists Tomi Jenkins and Nathan Leftenant. Building up a strong following by undergoing rigorous touring schedules, with their backing group at times numbering almost a dozen members, they signed with t