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”1 of 17
2. The Weeknd has always said that Prince has been a huge influence on their vocal sound2 of 17
3. Prince can be found in Pharrell’s unique musical style3 of 17
4. Bruno Mars has called Prince one of his heroes and has paid tribute to The Purple One a number of times4 of 17
5. Usher has said in many interviews that he is influenced by Prince5 of 17
6. Janelle Monáe, known for her unique style, teamed up with Prince on the song “Given Em What They Love”6 of 17
7. Andre 3000’s style and showmanship is undeniably influenced by Prince7 of 17
8. Justin Timberlake, influenced by many legends, wrote a touching tribute to The Purple One on Instagram8 of 17
9. Prince is an obvious influence on Miguel who is often called this generation’s Prince9 of 17
10. Frank Ocean wrote a Tumblr post speaking to why he is a true Prince fanboy10 of 17
11. Soul crooner D’Angelo has covered Prince’s “She’s Always in My Hair”11 of 17
12. Alicia Keys not only has been influenced by Prince but she also covered “How Come You Don’t Call Me”12 of 17
13. Performer extraordinaire Beyonce has obvious influences on her stage presence from The Purple One13 of 17
14. St. Vincent has openly discussed how Prince influenced her debut album.14 of 17
15. One-of-a-kind songstress Lady Gaga has said Prince influenced her greatly on her ‘Born This Way’ album15 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?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/RC34ZcDiCag17 of 17
Sheila E. Uses Her Voice for Social Activism Through Her New CD was originally published on 1015soul.com