“FROM THE LEGENDARY EMMY & GRAMMY-NOMINATED SINGER, DRUMMER, AND PERCUSSIONIST-A POWERFUL MEMOIR OF THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF MUSIC AND FIVE DECADES OF LIFE AND LOVE ON THE STAGE
In the first pages of her thoughtful and compelling memoir, THE BEAT OF MY OWN DRUM, renowned drummer and percussionist Sheila “”E”” Escovedo vividly describes what it felt like to approach the stage for her first live performance. The connection she felt to the music seemed like part of her DNA. The cymbals vibrated through her body and the timbales shook her bones and touched her soul. She was five years old.
It’s no wonder that the pounding of drums feels like the heartbeat of her life. Sheila E. was born into a rich heritage of Latin music in Oakland, California. She picked up drumsticks and started making music at the precocious age of three while watching her father, legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo, rehearse for his gigs with Tito Puente and Carlos Santana. She and her two younger brothers and sister grew up in a close-knit artistic family where it wasn’t uncommon for the top musicians of the day to jam in their small apartment until the early morning hours. And if they often struggled to make ends meet, they were rich in love and family unity.
THE BEAT OF MY OWN DRUM is both a fascinating journey through five decades of Latin and pop music-from Sheila E.’s very first band when she was a teenager to her tours with Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, and Prince, to the launch of her own solo career. But it’s also a heartbreaking and ultimately redemptive look how music can save a person’s life.”
Nicole Rodrigues –
I LOVED your book Sheila! Once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down. Peace and blessings to you
Makayla and Makyla Mcleod (Twin Girls) –
We think that this book is a great inspirational guide to us, because it helps us now that no matter what your dealing or going through in life God is on your side and it leads us to know that when ever we feel hurt or saddened in our lifetime, music can be the number one thing to calm you down, you never know, So Sheila E. we would like to say a special thanks to inspiring us.
Lori Alba –
I can’t wait to meet you Sheila E.
You are A fantastic entertainer for former drummer everything above your personality is beautiful inside out I’m just so excited to even know that I can actually get a copy of your book signing autographs to me that means a lot to me that is very special of you I did not see any artist that will do something like this so personal so awesome we are down to earth wonderful beautiful woman God bless you always your friend I hope to be soon
Lori Alba –
I meant to say and performer & drummer. In the beginning of what I wrote the words did not come out right please forgive me.
All I can say is you are awesome and down-to-earth love you got bless you always .