Ann Wilson Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
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Ann Wilson was born on June 19, 1950, in San Diego, California, USA. Her parents are Lou and John Wilson. She also has a sister, Nancy, who she was in a band with.
When Ann Wilson was a child, her family moved around often, as her father was in the military. There were not many constants in her early life, but the music was one of them. When she was a teenager, she began learning how to play the guitar. Also during her high school career, she began practicing singing. Many of her family members were also musically inclined, including her father and sister.
Ann Wilson graduated from high school in 1968.
After high school, Ann Wilson began focusing on music full-time. However, it wasn’t until 1970 that she joined a serious band. The band, Heart, had formed several years earlier and changed names several times as well. The other members of the band when he joined were Steve Fossen and Roger Fisher. In the band, she was made the lead singer.
In 1974, Ann’s sister, Nancy, also joined Heart as a guitarist. Two years later, the band released their first album, Dreamboat Annie. It wasn’t long before the band released their next album in 1977 called Little Queen. This album was a great hit. Many of their highest ranking songs, including Barracuda, were on this album.
Throughout the late 1970’s and 1980’s, the band released several albums. During this time, the band was a hit. It was also during this time that the band was at its most popular. Some of their albums from this period are listed below.
Dog and Butterfly
Bebe le Strange
In the 1990’s, the band was beginning to lose popularity. During this decade, the band only produced two albums: Brigade and Desire Walks On. After Desire Walks On was released in 1993, the band took a hiatus. It wasn’t until the 2000’s that they resumed producing music together.
During her break from performing with Heart, Ann Wilson was a part of another band called The Love Mongers. She produced one album with this band called Whirligig in 1997.
Once Heart was back together in the 2000’s, the band quickly resumed making albums. Their albums, from 2000 to their most recent album in 2016, are listed below.
Red Velvet Car
Outside of their studio albums, the band has also released eight live albums, ten compilation albums, and sixty-four singles. The band continues to make music as of 2017.
Awards And Accomplishments
Ann Wilson has many awards because of her long career in Heart. Some of the band’s, and hers, most impressive awards are listed below.
Image Award for Lifetime Achievement for Excellence in Songwriting
VH1 Rock Honors Lifetime Achievement Award
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
Heart has had exhibits at both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Electronic Music Project Museum.
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
Ann Wilson married Dean Wetter in 2015. She also has two adopted children named Dustin and Marie.