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For other people named Ann Wilson, see Ann Wilson (disambiguation).
Ann Wilson
AnnWilsonHWOFSept2012.jpg
Wilson receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, September 2012
Background information
Birth name Ann Dustin Wilson
Born (1950-06-19) June 19, 1950 (age 65)
San Diego, California
Genres Rock, hard rock, folk rock, pop rock
Instruments Vocals, flute, guitar, bass guitar
Years active 1970–present
Associated acts Heart, The Lovemongers, Alice In Chains

Ann Dustin Wilson (born June 19, 1950) is an American musician, best known as the lead singer, flute player, songwriter, and occasional guitar player[1] of the hard rock band Heart. Regarded as one of the best female vocalists in rock music history, Wilson was listed as one of the "Top Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time" by Hit Parader magazine in 2006.[2]

Early life[edit]

Wilson was born in San Diego, California. Her father was a major [3] in the U.S. Marine Corps. Due to her father's military career, the Wilson family moved frequently. They lived near American military facilities in Panama and Taiwan before settling in Seattle, Washington, in the early 1960s. In order to maintain a sense of home no matter where in the world they were residing, the Wilsons turned to music. "On Sunday we'd have pancakes and opera," her sister Nancy Wilson recalled. "My dad would be conducting in the living room. We'd turn it way up and rock. There was everything from classical music to Ray Charles, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, bossa nova, and early experimental electronic music."[citation needed]

Her family eventually settled in Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle, Washington. Shy because of a stutter, Wilson sought fulfillment in music. In the early 1970s she joined a local band, White Heart, which changed its name to Hocus Pocus, and then in 1974, to Heart.

Career[edit]

In 1974, her younger sister Nancy joined Heart, and the band moved to Canada. Heart recorded their first album Dreamboat Annie in Vancouver in 1975; it was released in the United States in 1976, with "Crazy on You" hitting No. 35 on the US charts. In 1977, Little Queen was released, and in 1978, Dog & Butterfly. Wilson also sang the duet "Almost Paradise" with Mike Reno in the movie Footloose from 1984 which reached number seven on Billboard's Hot 100.[4] In 1986 she released a solo single from the movie The Golden Child called "The Best Man in the World" which reached number 61 in the U.S. She also had a hit in 1988–89 called "Surrender to Me" which was a duet with Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander, taken from the film Tequila Sunrise which reached number six in the U.S. singles chart.

In 1992, Wilson appeared on Alice in Chains' EP Sap; she sang on "Brother", "Am I Inside" and "Love Song". In 1993, Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley contributed to vocals on "Ring Them Bells," a Bob Dylan cover from Heart's album Desire Walks On. In addition, Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez and touring guitarist Scott Olson appeared on Heart's 2003 release Alive in Seattle.

The Wilson sisters started a recording studio, Bad Animals, in Seattle in the mid-1990s. They formed a side band, The Lovemongers, which performed "The Battle of Evermore" on the 1992 soundtrack to the Cameron Crowe (Nancy's then husband) movie Singles, and later released a four-song EP. The Lovemongers' debut album Whirlygig was released in 1997.

Solo career[edit]

Wilson in May 2010

In 2006, Wilson began recording her first solo album, Hope & Glory, produced by Ben Mink, and released by the Rounder (Zoe) Music Group on September 11, 2007. That same year, she and sister, Nancy, were on stage for a series of concerts in Las Vegas. Hope & Glory features guest appearances from Elton John, k.d. lang, Alison Krauss, Gretchen Wilson, Shawn Colvin, Rufus Wainwright, Wynonna Judd and Deana Carter. Nancy also contributed. Three singles were released from the project, "Little Problems, Little Lies", "Isolation" and "Immigrant Song".

The Hope & Glory version of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" is available on Wilson's official MySpace page, and charted as "the No. 9 most podcasted song of 2007" on the PMC Top10's annual countdown.

Wilson joined producer Alan Parsons in the 2001 live tribute tour to Beatles music called A Walk Down Abbey Road.

On November 22, 2012, Wilson sang an original arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner", accompanied by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, at the beginning of the Thanksgiving Day football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Composer Gary Fry created the arrangement specifically for its premiere performance by Wilson and the DSO.[5]

Personal life[edit]

During the 1970s, Wilson was in a relationship with Michael Fisher, the manager of Heart, while her younger sister Nancy was involved with lead guitarist Roger Fisher, Michael's younger brother. Both couples controlled the band. In 1979, the relationships ended; Ann stated that Michael had fallen in love with another woman and they parted.

Wilson adopted her daughter Marie in 1991 and her son Dustin in 1998.

As a child, Wilson was bullied for being overweight. She revealed that in the 1970s and into the early 1980s she would starve herself to stay thin. When Heart made a comeback in the mid-1980s, Wilson had gained significant weight. Fearing it would compromise the band's image, record company executives and band members began pressuring her to lose weight. In music videos, camera angles and clothes were often used to minimize her size, and more focus was put on her svelte sister Nancy. Ann stated she began suffering from stress-related panic attacks due to the negative publicity surrounding her obesity. She underwent a weight-loss surgery called "adjustable gastric band" in January 2002[6] after what she calls "a lifelong battle" with her weight.

In the band's 2012 autobiography, Wilson revealed her past struggles with cocaine and alcoholism. She stated she has been sober since 2009.[7]

Wilson married Dean Wetter, a multi-generational community developer, in April, 2015. The pair dated briefly in the eighties before rekindling their relationship years later. [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Heart's Ann & Nancy Wilson To Be Honored at 26th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards Ceremony". ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publisher). February 27, 2009. 
  2. ^ Hit Parader Magazine's Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time
  3. ^ Gostin, Nicki. "Heart's Ann Wilson talks weight bullies, the early days of MTV, and being a woman in the manly world of rock." Fox News. (accessed September 28, 2014).
  4. ^ Mike Reno Billboard chart history, Billboard.com. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  5. ^ "Thanksgiving: Ann to sing national anthem". Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ Mike Falcon (2002) "Ann Wilson finds a weight-loss hit", 11 December 2002, USA Today. Accessed June 2007.
  7. ^ Matt Ward (August 24, 2012). "Heart’s Ann Wilson On Getting Sober: ‘The Tarp has Come Off’". Ultimate Classic Rock. 
  8. ^ http://www.people.com/article/ann-wilson-marries-dean-wetter

External links[edit]



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Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 06:20:15 -0700

It's no understatement to call Heart rock-n-roll pioneers. Beginning in the 1970's, Ann and Nancy Wilson stormed the charts with hits like "Crazy on You," "Magic Man," "Straight On," "Barracuda," and many more. Heart has garnered four Grammy ...

Ultimate Classic Rock

Ultimate Classic Rock
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:02:24 -0700

Ann Wilson's recently announced solo tour is adding dates — and it'll support an EP of new music from the Heart singer, too. Wilson's solo band, which she's called the Ann Wilson Thing, now has its own Facebook page, where she's been posting updates ...

Artistdirect.com

Artistdirect.com
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:11:15 -0700

Ann Wilson's voice is one of the best in classic rock. She is not a diva, but she has one of the most inimitable voxes in the genre. The Ann Wilson Thing is her "passion project," so it comes from a place of love. That is good news for fans that love ...

Windsor Star (blog)

Windsor Star (blog)
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:11:15 -0700

Heart to heart with Ann Wilson — sibling rockers to perform in Windsor Thursday night. Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart. The rock band will be performing at Caesars Windsor July 30. (Norman Seeff/Special to the Star). Share; Comments; Email ...

Pollstar

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:25:57 -0700

Before we close up shop for the night, we thought we should check in on Ann Wilson's new side project. The schedule for “The Ann Wilson Thing” has grown since the fall outing was announced last month, including gigs in California, New York, Virginia ...

VVN Music

VVN Music
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:38:09 -0700

Heart's Ann Wilson has released the first song from her upcoming solo project The Ann Wilson Thing. The first track is the very bluesy Fool No More. "A preview to an upcoming song, dedicated to all the wonderful people behind the scenes helping to ...

VVN Music

VVN Music
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:33:45 -0700

Ann Wilson of Heart is branching out a bit with her own group, the Ann Wilson Thing. Wilson announced her solo turn in a July 13 Facebook post saying "I already am honored to sing for Heart, and now I get the opportunity to stretch out on my own and ...

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:00:00 -0700

Toni Braxton announces her first ever tour in Africa … Sinead O'Connor calls off her remaining summer dates, citing exhaustion … Ann Wilson has a new EP to go along with her upcoming solo tour.
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