Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women can rock when their band, Heart, stormed the charts in the ‘70’s with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” “Straight On,” and so many more. Not only did the Wilson sisters lead the band, they wrote the songs and played the instruments too, making them the first women in rock to do so. Heart continued topping the charts through the ‘80’s and ‘90’s with huge hits like “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “What About Love,” “If Looks Could Kill,” “Never,” and a string of other hits that showcased the sisters’ enormous talents as musicians and singers.
Nearly 35 years after their first big hit, Ann and Nancy Wilson were back in the Billboard Top 10 in 2010 with Heart’s “Red Velvet Car” album, and a Top 5 DVD (“Night at Sky Church”).
As individuals, the sisters have also achieved significant success. Ann sang on songs that were both chart successes and motion picture themes, like “Almost Paradise” from Footloose, “Best Man in the World” from Goldenchild, and “Surrender to Me” from Tequila Sunrise, while Nancy composed and performed the scores to a half dozen motion pictures including the award winning “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous.”
Although they got their start in Seattle and have become global phenomenons, Ann and Nancy owe much of their success to Hollywood which is where they lived when they recorded the songs at the landmark Capitol Records building that earned them their first string of #1 singles, and where they filmed all of their hugely successful videos.
Along the way, music by Ann and Nancy Wilson and their band Heart has sold more than 35 million albums, sold out arenas worldwide, and found its way into the soundtrack of American life through radio, motion pictures, television, and associations with branded sponsors. Today, songs made famous by Heart are heard in every aspect of contemporary culture.
- Little Queen (1977) – 41 weeks on chart, multi-platinum selling
- Dog & Butterfly (1978) – 36 weeks on chart, multi-platinum selling
- Heart (1985) – 92 weeks on charts, five times platinum selling, Grammy nominated
- Brigade (1990) – 49 weeks on the charts, multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated
- Essential Heart (2002) – platinum selling
- Red Velvet Car (2010) – Top 10 entry in Billboard Magazine, September 6
Honors & Achievements:
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee
Songwriter Hall of Fame nominee
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
Four GRAMMY nominations
Lifetime Achievement Award – GRAMMY Foundation Northwest Chapter
Lifetime Achievement – VH1 Rock Honors
Image Award: Lifetime Achievement for Excellence in Songwriting – ASCAP
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum – Exhibit
Electric Music Project Museum - Exhibit
Philanthropic Involvements & Contributions:
Race to Erase MS, Make a Wish Foundation, Covenant House, Alzheimer’s Association, Barbara Davis Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Seattle, Neil Young’s Bridge School, National Breast Cancer Foundation, TJ Martell Foundation, Matthew Sheppard Foundation, Lily Claire Foundation, MusiCares, American Heart Association, Larry King Cardiac Foundation, ASPCA, Humane Society, Susan G Komen Foundation, AIDS Walk Los Angeles, Guitars Not Guns, Busted Foundation, Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles, Electronic Music Project Museum, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum, Country Music Hall of Fame Museum, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum Community Theater, Amnesty International, Help a Pet, Clear Channel Relief Fund, Union Rescue Mission, Coalition for the Homeless, Planned Parenthood, St. Nicholas Home for Animals, Heal the Bay, Soroptimist International of the Verdugos, Self-Realization Fellowship, Midland/Odessa Educational Foundation, Foundation for the Greater Good, The Perkins Elementary School Fund, Hurricane Katrina Relief, American Red Cross, Noah’s Wish, Stand Up to Cancer, We are the World Foundation, Grammy Museum Los Angeles “Night With Heart,” Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum