The single arrives ahead of ‘Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince,’ airing April 21.
Prince’s influential legacy will be celebrated next week on the fourth anniversary of his death with the April 21 CBS telecast Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince. In advance of the upcoming special, friend and frequent collaborator Sheila E. premieres her new single about the Purple One called “Lemon Cake.”
The Grammy- and Emmy-nominated percussionist says inspiration for the song goes back to when she and Prince first started recording in the studio. In addition to appetizing meals, Prince’s then-chef would bring the pair desserts and snacks like chocolate cake, cookies and popcorn.
“One day I mentioned to him that I make a good chocolate and lemon cake,” recalls Sheila E. “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.”