07/18/2014 09:22 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Sheila E. Recalls The Fateful Night She Met Prince (VIDEO)

Grammy-nominated female percussionist and singer Sheila Escovedo, better known by her stage name Sheila E., was a huge pop star in the '80s. She famously collaborated with Prince on his "Purple Rain" album and he helped guide her solo career.

In a new episode of "Oprah: Where Are The Now?", Sheila E. shares the story of the fateful night they met.

"I met Prince in 1978, I think it was," she says in the above video. "He played here in the Bay Area, and after he performed I was walking backstage to introduce myself and he was in the mirror. And he shook my hand and he goes, 'I know who you are.'"

To Sheila's surprise, Prince had been following her career. "That's when we just started hanging out, working together and listening to music," she says.

Several years later in 1983, Sheila says Prince inspired her to jump-start her career. "He just said, 'Don't you want to do a record?" she recalls.

It immediately set a fire in Sheila. "So it seemed like it was weeks later, I was in the studio recording my record."

She released her debut album, "The Glamorous Life," in 1984.

"Oprah: Where Are They Now?" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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