Singer and percussionist, Sheila E, first broke out in the 1980s with her hit “Glamorous Life.” Decades later she’s still got it. She recently released both a new album, Icon, and a new book, The Beat of My Own Drum: A Memoir.

She opens up to Maria Hinojosa about past abuse, being limited by the music industry, and East Coast versus West Coast.

Both her new album and her new book can be found at


The 36th Kennedy Center Honors GalaSheila Escovedo, known as Sheila E, is a world-class drummer and percussionist whose credits read like chapters in a music history book: Ringo Starr. Marvin Gaye, Prince, Beyoncé, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan and George Duke. Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter behind the seminal hits “The Glamorous Life” and “A Love Bizarre.” Sheila is a fearless multi-instrumentalist, as well as an Actress, Mentor, and Philanthropist.




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