Rock star, musician, singer and songwriter Ann Wilson of the legendary band, Heart, was interviewed recently by Kelli Richards, CEO of The All Access Group LLC, and host of All Access. Ann Wilson is the latest in a long line of rock stars and luminaries in music, entertainment and technology who have joined the All Access Radio show as guests over the past three years, and certainly Ann has one of the most powerful and enduring voices heard thus far. The podcast is available for download at http://www.allaccessgroup.com/kelli-interviews-ann-wilson-of-heart.
Richards shared this about the interview, “This interview is a personal favorite of mine. Ann’s amazing career continues to embolden women both in the music industry and outside of it. Ann is a true icon, challenging the status quo, blasting through gender and professional barriers everywhere. Hearing the stories of where she’s been – as well as where she’s headed next – are truly inspiring.”
For more than three decades, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ann Wilson has been regarded as one of the pre-eminent female vocalists in rock music and is listed as one of the "Top Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time" by Hit Parader. Along with her sister Nancy, the Wilson sisters first showed the world that women could rock – and smashed their way through the gender barrier – when Heart stormed the charts in the ‘70’s with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” and “Straight On.” Heart continued topping the charts through the ‘80’s and ‘90’s with huge hits like “These Dreams,” “Alone,” and “What About Love.” And Ann and Nancy remain powerful on stage and are soon heading back to the studio to create their next blockbuster collection of hit songs – as well as working on a documentary of their journey.
Along the way, Heart has sold more than 35 million albums, sold out arenas worldwide, and found their way into the soundtrack of American life. Today, songs made famous by Heart are heard daily in every aspect of contemporary culture. The Wilson sisters earned a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Their first-ever memoir, “Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll,” was released in September of 2012, and spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. 2012 also saw Heart performing “Stairway to Heaven” at the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Led Zeppelin honoring the surviving band members with an emotional performance.
Ann and Nancy sat in with the Foo Fighters on the Late Show with David Letterman. In May, Ann and Nancy celebrated ASCAP’s 100th birthday in Washington DC at a star-studded event at the Library of Congress attended by members of the joint houses of Congress. Heart’s latest work, another stellar example of collaborative genius, is the Deluxe DVD/CD Collection "Heart and Friends - Home for the Holidays” – out now. http://store.heart-music.com/heat-friends-home-for-the-holidays-deluxe-edition-cd-dvd-not-autographed.html. A children’s book called “Dog & Butterfly” based on the Heart song was just released this past week featuring Drawings by Ann. During Ann’s interview on All Access Radio, she shared these and many other favorite moments and select highlights of her star-studded career.
Prior to founding The All Access Group LLC, Richards served in senior roles at Fortune 100 entertainment and tech companies, including Apple Inc., where she launched Apple’s earliest focus on music and drove all music and entertainment initiatives during her 12 years there.