The news of Prince’s untimely death is still weighing heavy on the heart of loyal fans, and most importantly, his former lover and collaborator Sheila E.
When the news of the Purple One’s death hit in April, the renowned singer, drummer, and percussionist was in the process of recording a dance album. However, with the loss, she was driven to create something more insightful. “It just wasn’t the music I wanted out right now,” Sheila told Billboard. “It’s 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.”
Sheila will also join a number of artists like the Roots, D’Angelo and Janelle Monae, to pay tribute to Prince at the BET Awards (June 26), and will drop a new ballad of a single inspired by her former fiancé, “Girl Meets Boy.”
The revamped album is also titled after the lead single, and will “feature uptempo tracks and ballads influenced in some ways by the pair’s relationship and ‘driven by the sense of loss that so many are feeling,'”she added.
Billboard also reports that the upcoming LP, which will be released later this year, will be her first solo project since 2013’s Sheila E.: Icon.