Sheila E (aka Sheila Escovedo)Sheila Escovedo is a multi-faceted drummer, percussionist, vocalist, songwriter, performer, arranger, producer, composer, instrumentalist and humanitarian.
The daughter of legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo, Sheila first picked up the drumsticks at the precocious age of three while watching her father rehearse. She delivered her first solo performance to a live audience two years later, and has never looked back – establishing herself as one of the most talented percussionist/drummers and performers in the world. Best known to music fans as ‘Sheila E.’, she became a top session and touring musician before the age of 19, performing and/or recording with George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Con Funk Shun and countless others. Soon to follow were appearances with Marvin Gaye on his final world tour, as well as Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Babyface, Patti LaBelle, and Stevie Nicks, among others.
Sheila is living proof that exposure to music and the arts can be a life-altering positive experience for the young people of Oakland.
Lynn MabryFor Lynn Mabry, born into a musical family and raised in the church, singing came as naturally as breathing. In 1975, at the suggestion of friend, she auditioned for Latin artist Coke Escovedo. Much to the young Ms. Mabry’s surprise, she was hired by Escovedo, and began performing with his band at the historic King Richards Nightclub in Jack London Square, Oakland. It was here that Lynn eventually opened for funk/soul icons Earth, Wind & Fire. The rest is musical history. Recognizing her potential, Lynn’s cousin Sly Stone (of Sly & The Family Stone) hired her to sing on his Heard You Missed Me album – an experience that was followed by an appearance on a promotional tour opening for Parliament Funkadelic and Bootsy Collins. During that tour, George Clinton enlisted Lynn and other back-up singers on several recordings. By 1977, she and her fellow singers were asked to join Clinton and company on a permanent basis, and she toured and recorded with P-Funk for over 4 years. The legendary Clinton launched and produced Lynn’s first studio album. As part of the original Brides Of Funkenstein, the album – Funk or Walk – topped Billboard’s Top 10 dance charts in 1978.
In 1995, Lynn retired from touring, moving from the stage to the business side of the music industry. As Vice President and Executive Director of Heaven Productions Music, Lynn took over exclusive management duties for world-renowned performing artist & entertainer Sheila E. in 1996. In 2011, Lynn launched the management company White Rose Entertainment & Investment Group, adding songwriter & performer Havis, Image Producer & Wardrobe Stylist Roni Burks, and Pop Artist Justin Avery to her client roster. Currently, Lynn can be seen in theaters as part of the critically-acclaimed documentary 20 Feet From Stardom.
In addition to Lynn’s lifelong involvement in music, she is also a passionate advocate for children, and remains active as a committed philanthropist. She is Co-Founder (along with her fellow 51Oakland Board member Sheila E.) & CEO of the Elevate Hope Foundation, promoting music and arts education as an alternative form of therapy for at-risk youth. Music and the arts continue to be her driving force – and she strives to utilize her experience and gifts as a means to making a real, positive difference in the world.