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35th Anniversary Awards Gala Host
35th Anniversary Awards Gala
What do you get when you take Funk, Jazz, R&B and Rock & Roll and mix it all together? Well, you get one of the greatest bands of all time! WAR consists of Lonnie Jordan, Sal Rodriguez, Fernando Harkles, Marcos Reyes, Stuart Ziff, Francisco "Pancho" Tomaselli, and Stanley Behrens. WAR’s up-tempo fusion of jazz, funk and Latin rhythm has endeared the band to millions among Latin musical culture.
WAR’s music is a timeless thread in the quilt of American pop culture. The band’s popularity skyrocketed in the early 1970s with the release of “Slippin’ into Darkness” and “Me and Baby Brother” which represented their exhilarating sound and spoke to millions of Americans about the troubled times of Vietnam, Watergate and the ethnic tension that centered around inner cities. In 1972, WAR released The World Is a Ghetto. Its second single, "The Cisco Kid," went gold and the album attained the number one spot as Billboard magazine's Album of the Year. To date, WAR has sold nearly 50 million records and performs for over 1,000,000 people a year. In addition, WAR has been honored with 17 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards. Today WAR is a permanent part of America’s pop cultural landscape and has profoundly impacted the music industry.
Sheila Escovedo picked up the drumsticks and started making music at the precocious age of three, while watching her legendary father, percussionist Pete Escovedo rehearse. Sheila delivered her first solo performance to a live audience two years later and has since established herself as one of the most talented percussionist/drummers and performers in the world.
Best known to music fans as Sheila E., she became a top session and touring musician before the age of 20, performing and/or recording with George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Con Funk Shun and countless others. Later with Marvin Gaye on his final world tour, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Babyface, Patti LaBelle, and Steve Nicks among others. In the 1980s, Sheila’s friend Prince helped catapult her to her own pop superstardom. Particularly proud moments include her participation in the “We Are The World” session, and a performance on the Oscars with virtuoso Placido Domingo. In recent years, she has served as musical director for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce' Knowles, and Prince. Her producing and arranging talents have been showcased on the Latin GRAMMY Awards, Summer Olympics, WOW Awards, ALMA’s, and the Image Awards, including becoming television’s first female musical director for Magic Johnson’s “The Magic Hour.”
In 2011, she released “The E Family Project,” with Father Pete Escovedo, and brothers Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo. Sheila maintains a heavy involvement in charitable organizations as a philanthropist, with her passion as co-founder and chair of the Elevate Hope Foundation, focusing on the needs of victims of child abuse by promoting music and arts education as an alternative form of therapy.
The multi-talented and stylish Jaime Gomez, also known as “Taboo,” is not just a member of the GRAMMY award-winning Black Eyed Peas, but also an accomplished dancer, actor, author, shoe designer, philanthropist and quickly becoming a global DJ sensation. Born in East Los Angeles, Taboo followed his dream of being an entertainer and rose from humble beginnings to unimaginable success. Taboo is a passionate community activist, has marched with the United Farm Workers and is currently motivating young voters as an ambassador for Voto Latino. Taboo will be working with CHCI on its educational outreach efforts.
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