First Listen: Sheila E pays tribute to Prince on "Lemon Cake"

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(April 17, 2020) This month is musically the month of Prince, as The Purple One will be honored at the Grammy Awards, scheduled for April 21. And former Prince bandmate and drummer supreme, Sheila E, will be musical director for the celebration.

In advance of the show, Sheila has released a new single that reflects on her relationship with Prince. “Lemon Cake” was a bit of an inside joke between them. She told Billboard magazine: “One day I mentioned to him that I make a good chocolate and lemon cake.” “His response was, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you cooked.’ I said, ‘Of course I do. My mom being Creole and my dad Mexican, I better know how to cook.’ The next day I baked a lemon cake. It was love at first sight and one of his favorite things that we would share in the studio.”

(April 17, 2020) This month is musically the month of Prince, as The Purple One will be honored at the Grammy Awards, scheduled for April 21. And former Prince bandmate and drummer supreme, Sheila E, will be musical director for the celebration.

In advance of the show, Sheila has released a new single that reflects on her relationship with Prince. “Lemon Cake” was a bit of an inside joke between them. She told Billboard magazine: “One day I mentioned to him that I make a good chocolate and lemon cake.” “His response was, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you cooked.’ I said, ‘Of course I do. My mom being Creole and my dad Mexican, I better know how to cook.’ The next day I baked a lemon cake. It was love at first sight and one of his favorite things that we would share in the studio.”

The song, co-written with Clinton Antoinette Michelle and Mychael Gabriel, has a definite Minneapolis funk groove to it, but with a touch of hip-hop and great horn section additions.

This is a great way for us to wake up on a Friday morning. Check out “Lemon Cake” below and tell us what you think!

Sheila E - "Lemon Cake"

 

 
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