Sheila E. Pays Homage to Prince with New Custom DW Drum Kit

By Pauline France

Renowned drummer, percussionist and 2014 She Rocks Awards winner Sheila E. played a custom-made DW kit during a tribute honoring Prince at the BET Awards on June 26 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Sheila E with Prince Tribute custom drum kit by DW Drums at Center Staging, Burbank, CA on June 23, 2016 at rehearsals for BET Awards. Photograph by Rob Shanahan

Sheila E with Prince Tribute custom drum kit by DW Drums at Center Staging, Burbank, Calif., on June 23, 2016, during rehearsals for the BET Awards. Photograph by Rob Shanahan.

Sheila E. played a personal tribute to Prince on a gloss white drum set and matching timbales manufacturerd in DW’s Custom Shop. The kit features Prince’s iconic “symbol” decked out with different-colored butterflies and finished with gold hardware. The art for the drums was inspired by Sheila E.’s recent tattoo commemorating Prince, who passed away on April 21st.

Sheila E. performed a variety of Prince classics, including “Erotic City,” “America,” and “Baby I’m a Star.”

Learn more about DW Drums at

Nominations Now Open For 2017 She Rocks Awards

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The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) has announced open nominations for its annual She Rocks Awards ceremony honoring women in music, taking place Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif.

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the She Rocks Awards have honored music professionals from all walks of the industry, including guitarist, Jennifer Batten; legendary singer-songwriter, Chaka Khan; multi-platinum artist, Colbie Caillat; Amy Heidemann of chart-topping pop duo, Karmin; Vice President of Brand Marketing at Martin Guitar, Amani Duncan; Executive Director of the NAMM Foundation, Mary Luehrsen, Latin GRAMMY award-winning artist, Gaby Moreno; legendary band The Bangles; iconic percussionist Sheila E.; Leigh Maples and Pamela Cole of Fanny’s House of Music; Experience Hendrix CEO, Janie Hendrix; Executive Vice President and CFO of the Gretsch Company, Dinah Gretsch; and many more.

“It’s amazing that we’re celebrating our fifth year,” said WiMN Founder, Laura B. Whitmore. “It’s been wonderful to see support for the She Rocks Awards grow year after year, and we are very excited to put on an event that brings the industry together and honors these deserving women.”

Individuals are encouraged to nominate female trailblazing music industry peers, friends, colleagues, or themselves. The deadline to submit nominations is September 2, 2016.

Named one of Billboard magazine’s “7 must-see events at NAMM,” the She Rocks Awards bring together industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans and media for a one-of-a-kind event that celebrates women in music, and offers featured performances, giveaways, a silent auction, networking opportunities and more.

To submit a nomination and to learn more, visit

Sheila E. to Release New Book ‘The Beat of my Own Drum’


Percussion icon and 2014 She Rocks Award honoree  Sheila E. is releasing her very own memoir titled The Beat of my Own Drum.

Scheduled for release Sept. 2, the book is now available for pre-order through

According to the  book description, The Beat of My Own Drum is both a walk through four decades of Latin and pop music—from her tours with Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Prince, and Ringo Starr—to her own solo career. At the same time, it’s also a heartbreaking, ultimately redemptive look at how the sanctity of music can save a person’s life. Having endured sexual abuse as a child, Sheila credits her parents, music, and God with giving her the will to carry on and to build a lasting legacy.

To learn more about the book visit Sheila E.’s official website