Imagine growing up without a father but knowing that he is alive somewhere. Now imagine the same scenario, but knowing that your father is also a famous musician. That’s the reality for Nabil Ayers — a drummer-turned-record-label exec — whose father is legendary jazz musician Roy Ayers.
In his new book My Life in the Sunshine: Finding My Father and Discovering My Family, Nabil describes his unique upbringing, the amazing work his mother did in raising her son, and the profound influence music continues to have in his life. He also talks about being the only person of color in a mostly white indie rock scene, his few attempts to connect with Roy Ayers, and more.
Order the book here.
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