Born Sheena Shirley Orr in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, on April 27, 1959, the artist would become known to music fans as Sheena Easton. As Sheena Easton celebrates her 57th birthday, she is making headlines for paying tribute to the artist who wrote several songs for her and was once rumored to be her romantic partner, Prince. Prince wrote the songs “The Arms of Orion” and “U Got The Look,” and his influence on her artistry was not without notice. Sheena Easton has been nominated for six Grammy awards and won twice.
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You may see an interview where Sheena Easton talks about her friendship with Prince in the video below.
Sheena Easton wrote the following tribute to Prince on her official website.
“It is such a sad day. I sit here trying to put on paper my thoughts about the sudden passing of Prince. It is impossible to sum up in a few neat phrases what his loss means to all of us.
“Prince has been described as iconic, innovative, controversial, unique, charismatic and one of the driving forces of music for the last four decades. Yes, he was all of those things, but he was also warm and generous, gentle and kind and when he chose you as his friend, you were blessed.
“Generous with his ideas and talent, he often wrote songs specifically for people whose work he admired. He was brimming with music he wanted to share with the world and so many artists and musicians have benefited from his vision. I was fortunate to have had the chance to collaborate with him, as you know, and I cherish all the times we spent together making music and memories that will forever be woven into the fabric of my career, and my life.
“I can’t imagine Prince not being here. I just can’t imagine it. His energy was so strong that he never seemed to age or tire like the rest of us. He was one of those people who confirmed my belief that we are more than just biology. we are spirit. He was, and is, the epitome of a soul that came to us overflowing with love, and music, and light.
“So take time today to listen to some of your favorite Prince songs. Be grateful, as I am that we are a part of the generation that got to experience the genius of this wonderful being who never was anything but exceptional.”
Sheena Easton continues to tour and spent much of 2015 performing worldwide.
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As is common when someone famous passes, everyone is trying to come up with a new twist on the story. A new report has surfaced that tells of a strange date that Sheena Easton and Prince had, when the two didn’t speak as reportedly Prince suggested they communicate solely through their eyes. Al Bowman, former chauffeur for Prince, told the story and said that after a three-hour silent date, Sheena Easton had fallen for Prince madly and that the silent treatment worked. Sheena Easton has not confirmed or denied the report, but according to current reports, she denies having a romantic relationship with Prince.
Prince’s death came as a surprise to many and the outpouring of grief and sympathy from adoring fans worldwide is a testament to how much esteem they held for the artist. Prince wrote many songs for women and successfully promoted many careers through his efforts. In addition to writing songs for Sheena Easton, Prince wrote “Manic Monday” for the Bangles and “Nothing Compares 2 U,” the Sinead O’Connor hit.
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