Ann and Nancy Wilson
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Ann and Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women can rock when their band, Heart, stormed the charts in the ‘70’s with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” “Straight On,” and so many more. Not only did the Wilson sisters lead the band, they wrote the songs and played the instruments too, making them the first women in rock to do so. Heart continued topping the charts through the ‘80’s and ‘90’s with huge hits like “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “What About Love,” “If Looks Could Kill,” “Never,” and a string of other hits that showcased the sisters’ enormous talents as musicians and singers.
As individuals, the sisters have also achieved significant success. Ann sang on songs that were both chart successes and motion picture themes, like “Almost Paradise” from Footloose, “Best Man in the World” from Goldenchild, and “Surrender to Me” from Tequila Sunrise, while Nancy composed and performed the scores to a half dozen motion pictures including the award winning “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous.”
Along the way, music by Ann and Nancy Wilson and their band Heart sold more than 35 million albums, sold out arenas worldwide, and found their way into the soundtrack of American life through radio, motion pictures, television, and associations with branded sponsors. Today, songs made famous by Heart are heard in every aspect of contemporary culture.
Nearly 35 years after their first big hit, Ann and Nancy Wilson were back in the Billboard Top 10 in 2010 with Heart’s “Red Velvet Car” album, and a Top 5 DVD (“Night at Sky Church”). 2012’s “Fanatic” continued Heart’s current chart success, spawning two hit singles (“Fanatic” and “Dear Old America”) and debuting in the Billboard Top 25. They also released a comprehensive CD box set entitled “Strange Euphoria,” filled with rarities and previously unreleased treasures that met with acclaim from critics and fans alike.
In September 2012, Ann and Nancy released their first-ever memoire (Kicking & Dreaming: A story of Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll). The book spent several weeks on the New York Times “bestseller” chart and will be released by Harper Collins on paperback on September 25, 2013.
2012 also brought well-deserved lifetime honors to the Wilson sisters. In June, they were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in December, they learned that, 36 years after the release of “Dreamboat Annie,” Heart had been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held at Nokia Live in Los Angeles on April 18, 2013, and aired on HBO on May 18, 2013.
As a fitting finale for an extraordinary year, Ann and Nancy were asked to perform “Stairway to Heaven” as the finale to the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Led Zeppelin. In addition to visibly moving Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones, their rendition brought the entire Kennedy Center audience to its feet.
At the Kennedy Center Honors, they met Jason Bonham, son of famed Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham, and asked him to support Heart’s 2013 “Heartbreaker” tour. In addition to a full set by Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience band, and 70 minutes of hits by Heart, audiences have been treated to a half-hour finale “tribute to Led Zeppelin” ending with “Stairway to Heaven,” just as at the Kennedy Center Honors.
As 2013 draws to a close, Heart will perform a special once-in-a-career holiday concert in their hometown of Seattle. Entitled “Heart & Friends: Home for the Holidays,” this special show will feature guest appearances by Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hager, Richard Marx, and Pat Monahan, and will air on AXS-TV on Christmas Day (12/25/13).
• Dreamboat Annie (1976) – 100 weeks on chart, multi-platinum selling
• Little Queen (1977) – 41 weeks on chart, multi-platinum selling
• Magazine (1978) – 25 weeks on chart, platinum selling
• Dog & Butterfly (1978) – 36 weeks on chart, multi-platinum selling
• Greatest Hits Live (1980) – 25 weeks on charts, multi-platinum selling
• Heart (1985) – 92 weeks on charts, five times platinum selling, Grammy nominated
• Bad Animals (1987) – 50 weeks on charts, three times platinum, two Grammy nominations
• Brigade (1990) – 49 weeks on the charts, multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated
• Greatest Hits 1985-1995 (2000) – platinum selling
• Essential Heart (2002) – platinum selling
• Red Velvet Car (2010) – Top 10 entry in Billboard Magazine, September 6
• Fanatic (2012) – Top 25 entry in Billboard Magazine, October 8
• Live from Caesar’s Colisseum – (February 2014). DVD/CD release
Honors & Achievements:
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (induction class of 2013)
Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Four GRAMMY nominations
Lifetime Achievement Award – GRAMMY Foundation Northwest Chapter
Lifetime Achievement – VH1 Rock Honors
Image Award: Lifetime Achievement for Excellence in Songwriting – ASCAP
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum – Exhibit
Electric Music Project Museum - Exhibit
Philanthropic Involvements & Contributions:
Race to Erase MS, Make a Wish Foundation, Covenant House, Alzheimer’s Association, Barbara Davis Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Seattle, Neil Young’s Bridge School, National Breast Cancer Foundation, TJ Martell Foundation, Matthew Sheppard Foundation, Lily Claire Foundation, MusiCares, American Heart Association, Larry King Cardiac Foundation, ASPCA, Humane Society, Susan B Komen Foundation, AIDS Walk Los Angeles, Guitars Not Guns, Busted Foundation, Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles, Electronic Music Project Museum, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum, Country Music Hall of Fame Museum, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum Community Theater, Amnesty International, Help a Pet, Clear Channel Relief Fund, Union Rescue Mission, Coalition for the Homeless, Planned Parenthood, St. Nicholas Home for Animals, Heal the Bay, Soroptimist International of the Verdugos, Self-Realization Fellowship, Midland/Odessa Educational Foundation, Foundation for the Greater Good, The Perkins Elementary School Fund, Hurricane Katrina Relief, American Red Cross, Noah’s Wish, Stand Up to Cancer, We are the World Foundation, Grammy Museum Los Angeles “Night With Heart,” Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum.