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Heart rocker Ann Wilson brings Hall of Fame pipes to Birchmere

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WASHINGTON - Her powerhouse pipes vaulted Heart to the Hall of Fame.

Next week, the incomparable Ann Wilson rocks The Birchmere on Wednesday, March 29.

Not only can we expect to hear Heart classics — “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” “What About Love,” “Alone” — we can also expect stuff from Wilson’s solo effort “The Ann Wilson Thing!”

“It’s a real diverse show full of good songs and good lyrics that’s going to let me stretch out as a singer a lot,” Wilson told WTOP. “I’m going to be doing a few Heart songs re-imagined and some of my new songs that I’ve been writing over the last year or so, as well as covers that I grew up loving.”

Which covers might we hear from her childhood influences?

“I grew up on Aretha Franklin, Peter Gabriel and there’s a Ray Charles song,” Wilson said. “These are all things I had in my childhood and growing up that just got me thinking and feeling about music.”

Born in San Diego in 1950, Wilson and her sister Nancy bounced around a lot as the daughter of a U.S. Marine, living in Panama and Taiwan before settling in Seattle, Washington, in the early 1960s.

“We came from a musical family,” Wilson said. “Our parents loved music and always had it on in the house. When we were young, we started playing acoustic guitars together in our room, Nancy and I.”

She remembers strumming in the bedroom to Beatles songs, as well as “Cherish” by The Association.

“One thing just sort of lead to another and we started wanting to have a band,” Wilson said. “Then when we got old enough, we met people and formed bands with them, and that opened out to Heart.”

It was in Seattle that the Wilsons met the Fisher Brothers — Ann dated Michael, while Nancy dated Roger — as the four of them transformed the band The Army into White Heart and Hocus Pocus.

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