The Beat (music group)

Go Away With ... Sheila E.

Go Away With ... Sheila E.

In her new book, "The Beat of My Own Drum: A Memoir" (Atria, $26), musician Sheila E. talks candidly about her rise to fame, her engagement to Prince and the backstory to how Lionel Richie ended up adopting her niece, Nicole. An avid traveler, the 56-year-old drummer says she enjoys exploring new destinations -- especially if they have a warm beach. Based out of Los Angeles, she stays in touch with her fans via her Twitter account ( Her latest CD is "Icon."

Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?

A. Anywhere with family or friends that's warm, sunny and fun. The...