By Radio One, Inc.
It’s no secret that recently America seems to have experienced a more visual escalation of social turbulence. Injustice and neglect for mankind have become commonplace and people just aren’t caring for one another like they used to. The disheartening state of America is quite apparent to many – including Sheila E., and she is doing something about it!
ICONIC: Message 2 America, is a politically-charged project whereby Sheila E. can now add “Social Activist” to her extensive resume of accomplishments. The Grammy-nominated artist has taken a durable stand in the name of love and is using her influence and instruments to unify, give hope, cause awareness, and spark conversation about what’s going on in our world. The track list for ICONIC, which includes the remake of socially pivotal tunes from back in the day, is a testament of the deliberate intent to stimulate the consciousness of its listeners:
- Funky National Anthem: Message 2 America
- Come Together
- Everyday People
- Inner City Blues/Trouble Man
- It Starts With Us
- Jesus Children of America
- James Brown Medley
- One Nation Under A Groove
- Respect Yourself
- I Am Funky
- Yes We Can Can
- What The World Needs Now Is Love
- The Ghetto (Bonus Track)
Each song was well-thought out and brilliantly contributes to a resonating call for oneness. Each song has its own weighty history of social impact, and combined together on ICONIC, they make you cognizant of who we are as a people. They remind us that while obstacles may be placed before us, we are equipped to overcome them. They remind us of our obligation to be respectful productive citizens that contribute to the advancement of society. They remind us of our Constitutional rights and the freedom and equality we are entitled to. They remind us that there is strength in unity. They remind us that, above all, Love never fails.
To help relay this critical Message 2 America, Sheila called for friendly backup and is joined by some pretty amazing artists, including the legendary Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, and Ringo Starr, just to name a few. So you have incredible talent sending out an incredible message and with such synergy, listeners have no choice but to feel hopeful and encouraged while having an ultimate musical experience. It’s a win-win situation.
And winning is all that Sheila wants to see people do! She has such compassion and love for people with an unmatched level of excellence and it shows as she travels the globe spreading positivity. ICONIC: Message to America can almost be categorized as what some call in music “call and response.” The call for love & unity has been made loud and clear, and now it is time for the people to respond.
Well done, Sheila.
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17 Artists You Probably Didn’t Know Were Influenced By Prince
1. Maroon 5 has covered Prince’s “Purple Rain”Source:Kevin Kane/Getty Images for iHeartMedia 1 of 17
2. The Weeknd has always said that Prince has been a huge influence on their vocal soundSource:Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images 2 of 17
3. Prince can be found in Pharrell’s unique musical styleSource:Leon Bennett/WireImage/Getty 3 of 17
4. Bruno Mars has called Prince one of his heroes and has paid tribute to The Purple One a number of timesSource:Ronald Martinez/Getty Images 4 of 17
5. Usher has said in many interviews that he is influenced by PrinceSource:Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images 5 of 17
6. Janelle Monáe, known for her unique style, teamed up with Prince on the song “Given Em What They Love”Source:Samir Hussein/Getty Images 6 of 17
7. Andre 3000’s style and showmanship is undeniably influenced by PrinceSource:Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty 7 of 17
8. Justin Timberlake, influenced by many legends, wrote a touching tribute to The Purple One on InstagramSource:Mustapha Houbais/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images 8 of 17
9. Prince is an obvious influence on Miguel who is often called this generation’s PrinceSource:PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images 9 of 17
10. Frank Ocean wrote a Tumblr post speaking to why he is a true Prince fanboySource:C Flanigan/FilmMagic/Getty 10 of 17
11. Soul crooner D’Angelo has covered Prince’s “She’s Always in My Hair”Source:Frank Micelotta/Getty Images 11 of 17
12. Alicia Keys not only has been influenced by Prince but she also covered “How Come You Don’t Call Me”Source:Hayley Madden/Redferns/Getty 12 of 17
13. Performer extraordinaire Beyonce has obvious influences on her stage presence from The Purple OneSource:M. Caulfield/WireImage/Getty 13 of 17
14. St. Vincent has openly discussed how Prince influenced her debut album.Source:Mike Windle/WireImage 14 of 17
15. One-of-a-kind songstress Lady Gaga has said Prince influenced her greatly on her ‘Born This Way’ albumSource:Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage 15 of 17
16. Beck has covered Prince songs many times and has credited him as an influence. Plus, Beck can play over 12 instruments…sound familiar?Source:Theo Wargo/WireImage/Getty 16 of 17
17. Lenny’s musicianship is undenied, just like influencer Prince. Lenny and Prince have even performed together in a battle of the guitars: https://youtu.be/RC34ZcDiCagSource:Franziska Krug/Getty Images 17 of 17
Sheila E. Uses Her Voice for Social Activism Through Her New CD was originally published on 1015soul.com