The Beat of My Own Drum: A Memoir

The Beat of My Own Drum: A Memoir

Sheila E.


From the Grammy-nominated singer, drummer, and percussionist who's global popular for her contributions in the course of the track undefined, a relocating memoir concerning the therapeutic energy of tune and religious development encouraged via 5 a long time of existence and love at the stage.

She was once born Sheila Escovedo in 1957, however the global is familiar with her as Sheila E. She first picked up the drumsticks and began making tune on the precocious age of 3, taught via her mythical father, percussionist Pete Escovedo. because the goddaughter of Tito Puente, track was once the pulse of her kinfolk, and regardless of Sheila's impoverished adolescence in Oakland, California, her relations stayed powerful, encouraged through the tune they performed nightly of their front room. whilst she used to be simply 5, Sheila brought her first solo functionality to a reside viewers. by way of nineteen, she had fallen in love with Carlos Santana. via twenty-one, she met Prince at one in all her live shows. Sheila E. and Prince could ultimately sign up for forces and collaborate for greater than twenty years, growing hits that catapulted Sheila to her personal pop superstardom.

The Beat of my very own Drum is either a stroll via 4 a long time of Latin and pa music—from her excursions with Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Prince, and Ringo Starr to her personal solo profession. whilst, it’s additionally a heartbreaking, eventually redemptive examine how the sanctity of tune can store a person’s existence. Having again and again continued sexual abuse as a toddler, Sheila credit her mom and dad, track, and God with giving her the desire to hold on and to construct an enduring legacy.

Rich in musical element, pop, and Latin song historical past, it is a interesting stroll via a few of the largest moments in tune from the ’70s and ’80s. yet as Sheila’s own tale, this memoir is a special glimpse right into a world-famous drummer’s singular life—a deal with for either new and longtime lovers of Sheila E. And chiefly, The Beat of my very own Drum is a testomony to how the optimistic energy of track has fueled Sheila’s middle and soul—and the way it can rework your lifestyles in addition.

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