Nancy Wilson Worked Hard Not To Have ‘Heart’ Persona In New Music
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She Had Help From Her Collaborator and Friend
Heart’s resident axeslinger Nancy Wilson recently chatted with Consequence of Sound where she discussed her debut solo album titled “You and Me”. She spent most of her lockdown in 2020 writing and recording the songs.
Out on May 7, the 12-track LP features eight originals and four cover versions. Wilson enlisted the help of her musician friends like Sammy Hagar, Guns N’ Roses Duff McKagan, and Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins. She also paid tribute to late fellow guitar legend Eddie Van Halen with “4 Edward.”
Speaking about singing leads on the record, she said: “So, it was like, how do I approach being the lead singer on a whole album? That was another big first for me.”
“I found my way to a persona that was definitely not the Heart persona, because in Heart, I had always tried to compare myself with the incomparable Ann Wilson’s voice,” she continued. “I’m a guitar player. I’m not like a premier lead singer. So, I kind of found my persona with a lot of help from my collaborator, Sue Ennis, who has been a collaborator with me forever.”
According to her, Ennis’ advice was “Don’t worry about perfection. Just tell a story.”