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What the world needs now is love, sweet love, is not only a resonating message that every American can attest to, but it is also the opening line to one of the most pacifying mantras Sheila E. tranquilly delivers on this revolutionizing 15-track compilation. ICONIC is a project that is a politically-charged eye and ear opener addressing not only the problems plaguing our society – but also reminding us of our obligation as a people to contribute to the solution.

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Joined by some of the music world’s most talented and diverse artists including the Beatles’ Ringo Starr, Gospel artist Israel Houghton, Saxophonist Candy Dulfer, Sly and the Family Stone co-founder Freddie Stone, and Parliament Funkadelic’s George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, Sheila serves the message of love and unity from a musical buffet seasoned with Funk, Soul, Pop, R&B, Blues Rock, and Latin Jazz, producing a myriad of flavors. Also included on the project are empowering spoken word excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Barack Obama, author Angela Davis and activist Dolores Huerta.

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Making its way up the Billboard charts, ICONIC is a purposeful project that is destined to spark awareness. Each track tells a story of its own and contributes to a concerted musical effort to amplify the importance and power of unity and oneness. Some very familiar staple tunes of the past were selected and rebirthed with a new sound including the covers of “One Nation Under A Groove”, “Come Together”, “Yes We Can”, “Everyday People”, “Respect Yourself”, “What The World Needs Now” and more. And while many have come to love Sheila for enthralling performances of her own tunes such as “Glamorous Life”, “Belle of St. Mark”, “Lovely Day” and “Mona Lisa”, this new release of covers seems to fit like a glove, and she perfectly captures and delivers each song with a sound that makes it uniquely hers.

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Sheila’s endless energy, exceptional creativity, and undying passion for what she does is second to none; and all of that coupled with her innate desire to make an impact in the name of love gives ICONIC a much-needed voice that is louder than any other music project. It’s not just a CD of great music from an Icon, but it is a powerful musical mandate for unity that is truly a reflection of who Sheila E. is and what she stands for. We all have the power and responsibility to cultivate positive change and Sheila has certainly proven to be an effective catalyst to spark the movement.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love. As we listen to this track on ICONIC, we must hear the lyrics with a different ear…as we have never heard it before. We will be stirred. We will be empowered We will unite and rise to the cause. Can we really make the difference? Yes, We Can!

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