Sheila E. has released a new tribute to her late collaborator Prince, with new track Lemon Cake. The funk icon drops the track before CBS’s Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince.
Why Lemon Cake? The singer told Billboard: “One day I mentioned to him [Prince] 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 track allows Sheila E.’s smooth soulful vocals to shine against a musical soundscape of percussion, strings and horns. It’s as groovy a song you are likely to hear about lemon cakes.
The Grammy tribute was filmed late January and also features performances of Prince songs by: Earth, Wind & Fire, Miguel, Morris Day and The Time (including Jam and Lewis), St. Vincent, Mavis Staples, Usher, Prince band The Revolution and Sheila E. It is broadcast April 21st on CBS.