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Ann Wilson

As half of the sister duo that makes up arena rock veterans Heart, vocalist Ann Wilson has sung on some of the biggest rock radio hits of the '70s and '80s. Born on June 19, 1950, Wilson's family moved often when she was young (her father was a Marine Corps captain), before eventually settling down for good in Seattle, Washington. As a shy teenager (due to a stutter), Wilson turned to music and singing as an outlet. By the late '60s, she became equally interested in such hard rockers as Led Zeppelin and folk artists as Joni Mitchell, and as a result, her vocals could adapt between the two styles. The early '70s saw Ann join a local rock outfit, Heart (then White Heart), which led to her trying to unsuccessfully convince her younger sister, guitarist Nancy Wilson, to join up as well. Heart continued on, during which time Ann and Heart guitarist Mike Fisher began a romantic relationship. But before recording could begin on a debut album, Fisher had decided to vacate his guitar spot in favor of becoming the group's sound engineer, which led to Nancy being offered once more to join the group -- and this time, she accepted.

The band's debut album, 1976's Dreamboat Annie, slowly became a best-seller (especially after being re-released by Capitol Records), as Ann's soaring vocals contributed to such enduring classic rock radio standards as "Magic Man," "Crazy on You," and the title track. Further hit albums (1977's Little Queen and 1978's Dog & Butterfly) and singles ("Barracuda") followed, as Heart became one of the top rock outfits in the U.S. But the early '80s saw several big-name rock acts of the previous decade find a hard time adapting to the changing musical climate, which Heart fell victim to (this period was a turbulent one in Ann's personal life as well, due to a less than amicable split with Fisher). Although none of Heart's early-'80s albums performed up to the high standards set by their early releases, Wilson scored a hit with Loverboy singer Mike Reno on the duet power ballad "Almost Paradise" (off the blockbuster 1984 motion picture soundtrack Footloose). Heart switched labels soon after and overhauled their sound and look to keep pace with younger MTV acts. The ploy worked, as their 1985 self-titled comeback album spawned several big hits, including "What About Love," "These Dreams," "Never," and "Nothin' at All." Heart continued issuing similarly styled albums throughout the remainder of the '80s and early '90s -- during which time Ann scored another duet hit, this time singing with Cheap Trick's Robin Zander on the track "Surrender to Me" (from 1988's Tequila Sunrise soundtrack).

The '90s saw Ann and Nancy open their own Seattle recording studio, Bad Animals, during which time the area became a breeding ground for countless chart-topping "grunge" outfits, including Alice in Chains, whom Ann sang with on their 1991 acoustic EP Sap. Ann and Nancy launched a back-to-basics side band soon after, the Lovemongers -- debuting with a cover of Led Zeppelin's "The Battle of Evermore" on the Singles motion picture soundtrack in 1992. In 1993, the group issued a four-song EP (titled after the aforementioned Zeppelin cover song), but it wouldn't be until 1997 that the group would issue a proper debut album, Whirlygig. With Heart and the Lovemongers performing and issuing albums sporadically throughout the '90s and early 21st century, Ann turned her attention mainly toward parenthood. But Wilson continued to perform with others -- including such all-star gigs as The British Rock Symphony (alongside Roger Daltrey, Paul Rodgers, etc.) and the Beatles tribute tour A Walk Down Abbey Road (which also included Todd Rundgren, John Entwistle, and Alan Parsons). In 2007, the singer issued her first-ever solo album, a collection of covers (but one), entitled Hope & Glory. An EP, the Rounder-issued The Ann Wilson Thing! #1, followed in 2015. ~ Greg Prato
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Track List: Live At The Belly Up: The Ann Wilson Thing!

1. For What It's Worth (Live)

2. I Put A Spell On You (Live)

3. Every Grain Of Sand (Live)

4. Isolation (Live)

5. Permission (Live)

6. Danger Zone (Live)

7. Ain't No Way (Live)

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Track List: The Ann Wilson Thing! #1 EP

1. For What It's Worth

2. Fool No More

3. Ain't No Way

4. Danger Zone

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kelt_pat
Have had a crush on Ann since I first heard here back in the beginning, just before I first moved to Seattle. Great body (of work, 31st al.) ;-)
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Isolation may be the one I like most.
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Love it Ann. Good work.
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b_harvison
Great album, she has been around so long and still sounds wonderful.
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@ Steve9347 Similiar Artists doesn't mean they SOUND alike, just that they have musical similarities . LOVE LOVE LOVE this album!
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bardnthemist s
Has always and will always rock!!!
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she rocks
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steve9347
I'm sure this artist is wonderful to the people that enjoy this type of music, but this artist sounds nothing like any of the similar artists. (Avril Lavigne, Bif Naked, David Cook, Theory Of A Deadman, Daughtry, etc.)
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mytroy
Great Great voice.....An n and Stevie Nicks..What two voices,Never get tired of hearing them..TJ

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