Sheila E. to Release New Song, Album Inspired by Prince

By Sameer Rao Jun 16, 2016

One of Prince‘s closest collaborators will release a new song and album created entirely after his death.

Billboard reported yesterday (June 15) that virtuoso drummer and singer Sheila E. will release the song "Girl Meets Boy" on June 27—the day after she is set to join D’Angelo, Janelle Monáe and The Roots for a tribute to The Purple One at the BET Awards. She’ll drop an album of the same name later this year via her Stiletto Flats record label.

Sheila E. told Billboard that—before her longtime collaborator and former fiancé died—she had planned to release a dance album. "[But that album is] not how I’m feeling; everything has changed. So a couple of weeks ago, I decided to write a whole new album. And it feels right." "Girl Meets Boy" takes inspiration from their famously close and inspirational relationship.

She added that preparing the BET tribute is helping her deal with Prince’s death: 

In the first conversations about it, I couldn’t even say his name. And when I started putting the music together, it was hard for me to listen to anything. It’s actually been a part of my healing now, trying to figure out what I was going to play and what would be okay to make sure I would get through it. But it’s going to be fun.