One of George Clinton's fiercely funky Brides of Funkenstein. More than simple sex appeal and sass, Sheila sang on theseminal Never Buy Texas from a Cowboy as well as P-Funk hits like "Atomic Dog," Sheila toured with Rick James in 1981 as an original Mary Jane Girl, wrote for Clinton's solo records in the mid '80s recording with Aurra, Civil Attack and Public Enemy.
Sheila Brody-Head spans universes and genre – her unique voice a timeless blend of brassy wailing and smooth dancefloor sensibility. Sheila has been at the forefront of musical history for much of her storied career, working with Parliament Funkadelic, Rick James, Cyndi Lauper and award-winning producers all while writing her own music. Throughout, Sheila has devoted herself to spreading good vibes and connection with impeccable grooves and a wicked sense of humor.
Raised on a strict diet of rock ‘n’ roll in Syracuse, NY, Sheila was reborn in Detroit as one of George Clinton’s fiercely funky Brides of Funkenstein. More than simple sex appeal and sass, Sheila sang on the seminal Never Buy Texas from a Cowboy as well as P-Funk hits like “Atomic Dog,” making a name for herself alongside P-Funk collective greats. After this mothership connection, Sheila toured with Rick James in 1981 as an original Mary Jane Girl, wrote for Clinton’s solo records in the mid ‘80s and even made a soul connection with Bruce Willis -- who inspired the singer to do her own thing. She then departed the P-Funk stratosphere for another planetary dimension, recording with Aurra, Civil Attack and Public Enemy.
Not to be contained, Sheila stepped out of funk and hip-hop into club music, recording a best-selling club album under the name Blackwood called Friday Night. Sheila followed up with multiple dancefloor hits – “Peace” (which knocked Madonna from the No. 1 spot on Italian charts) and "Everything Changes,” which was featured on the soundtrack for Pokemon 2 B.A. Master. Under the moniker Amuka, Sheila recorded a slew of hit singles and earned another No. 1 with "I Want More (Cling on to Me)” before evolving yet again to record “Appreciate Me" as Sheila Horne with Grammy-winning producer Peter Rauhofer. In 2014, Sheila teamed up with Bomb Squad legend Gary G-Wiz to record a Mississippi, an EP of uplifting and feverishly danceable tracks.
The songstress transmuted yet again at Flying Carpet Studios, connecting with producer Kamal Humphrey de Iruretagoyena on a shared astral plane of creation. “It was completely magical; you could feel that the energy in that studio was amazing,” Sheila effuses. “I just walked in, no pen, no paper and on the first take would write a whole song.” Together, the producer and singer-songwriter move from R&B ballads in the style of Chaka Khan to new wave-influenced dance tracks and stripped down takes on early ‘70s soul. Gathering influence from her varied musical career and personal history, Sheila writes of racism and xenophobia, attitudinal partners and, of course, the promise of sweet lovin’.
No stranger to extra terrestrial and extra sensory perceptions, Sheila Brody feeds off an atmospheric energy. “I think 2020 is about clarity in many, many ways. Now is the time that I want to merge everything I've done and bring my fans together,” she says. “Our world needs healing. Now that we're in a time of clarity, I'm into taking all the band-aids off of looking at the wounds and dealing with them, healing them.” Sheila plans to channel her musical heat into a memoir, titled Dancing In Heels.