This review originally appeared at Alan's Eyes & Ears:
Little Black Sheep: A Memoir, by Ashley Cleveland. NOOK.
I have known of Ashley Cleveland since her debut album Big Town came
out in 1991, and have had positive feelings about her and her music
since. She was on the fringes of the Christian music scene in the
nineties, and I was a fan of a lot of artists who were on the fringes of
the Christian music scene in the nineties.
I lost track of the specific of her career over the years, other than
the vague notion that she put out a critically-acclaimed album a few
years ago. That album, Before the Daylight's Shot, in fact won a Grammy Award in 2008 for Best Rock Gospel Album.
But I knew nothing about her life. This book fills in all of the gaps.
Raw and vulnerable, Cleveland details her troubled upbringing with
disconnected parents, and her own struggles and addictions. Even as she
was winning Grammy winner in the Gospel music world, she was an
alcoholic and addict.
The nice thing about memours by songwriters, is that they tend to be
very good writers, and Cleveland's skill with words and images are
obvious in the writing. She has come to a nice place in her life and her
career as she approaches 50, and she hopes all her worst days are
behind her. But as she details in the book, every day has its own
struggles, and its own little victories.
Source: A group on Facebook posted that this book was free for a few days through the Nook store, and I grabbed it during that window of opportunity.