Ann Wilson of Heart Takes Her Powerhouse Vocals on Solo Tour
In a time when the Rock n’ Roll industry was dominated by men, Ann Wilson took her powerhouse vocals and created a truly impressive career as the lead singer of Heart.
The group released their first album in 1976, containing two hit singles, “Crazy on You”and “Magic Man,” rising up to No. 7 on the Billboard Charts. Their second album, Little Queen, featured their hit single “Barracuda,” which led to the Wilson sisters’ cover on Rolling Stone magazine.
After selling over 30 million records, having four Grammy nominations, and numerous singles in the top 40, Heart was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012. Only a year later Heart was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Inductees included Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen, Howard Leese, and Michael DeRosier.
After four decades rockin’ out with Heart, Wilson has decided to build on her personal career with a 20–date cross-country solo tour, which kicked off in Seattle and will wrap up in Rhode Island.
“This tour coming up people can expect to see some Heart songs, amazing covers, and new songs that I’ve written. They’ll see things that really influenced me and they’ll see me stretching out as a singer and improving, hopefully … It’ll be interesting and fun. There’s more to Heart than just what’s in the heart box.” -Ann Wilson
Ann Wilson will stop at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, presented by Rams Head, on Sunday, March 26th, 8 p.m. as part of her Ann Wilson of Heart solo tour. Tickets range from $85–115.
Let’s take about where it all began. How did you initially get started with singing?
Our family was a musical family. We used to travel around a lot because my dad was in the military. We were a real tight knit group and would often sing in the car. I started liking music on my own because back then we were able to listen to radio. I just started singing along to the radio and eventually I wanted to sing on my own. One thing led to another, I got in to a band, and there you have it.