After 40 years in the music industry, Sheila Escovedo is still going strong. The musician, known as Sheila E., released her seventh solo album, Icon, earlier this year. Now, Sheila opens up exclusively to Closer about her new autobiography, The Beat of My Own Drum.
“I love every moment when I am performing, but the rest of the time, it is a lot of hard work and it can be brutal,” Sheila admits. “There is a lot I had to sacrifice. I would love to be married. I sacrificed having a family and being a mom.”
Sheila, whose father is Latin jazz legend Pete Escovedo, reveals she never planned on being a part of the music industry.
“I wanted to be the first female astronaut and win a gold medal in track and field,” she tells the mag. “I was a sprint runner and focused for years on making it to the Olympics.”
So what changed her mind? “My dad always had percussion instruments around the house. We would go bang on them for fun,” the singer-songwriter explains.
“One day, when I was 15, the man who did percussion for my dad got sick right before their show in San Francisco. My mom and I convinced him to let me play. During the show, my dad turned to me and gestured to play a solo. I closed my eyes and played from the heart. When I opened my eyes, 3,000 people were clapping and roaring. I’ve been doing it ever since.”
For more from Sheila’s exclusive interview, pick up the new issue of Closer Weekly – on stands now!
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