Hope & Glory is the first solo album by Heart singer Ann Wilson, released on September 11, 2007.
Hope & Glory features guest appearances from Elton John, k.d. lang, Alison Krauss, Gretchen Wilson, Shawn Colvin, Rufus Wainwright, Wynonna Judd and Deana Carter. Ann's sister, Nancy, also contributed.
The Hope & Glory version of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" is available on Ann's Official , and charted as "the #9 most podcasted song of 2007" on the PMC Top10's annual countdown.
*Produced By Ben Mink
*Engineers: Rick DePofi, Dave Dysart, Masa Fukudome, Scott Lehrer, David Leonard, Patrick MacDougall, Brandon McWhorter, Ben Mink, Bart Pursley, Tom Schick, Matt Still
*Assistant Engineers: David Eaman, Gordon Hammond, Jason Lefan, Brandon McWhorter
*Mixing: David Leonard, Patrick MacDougall
*Mastering: Stephen Marcussen
*Teddy Borowiecki: Piano, Accordion
*David Eaman: Banjo
*Ric Markmann: Electric Bass
*David Piltch: Electric & Upright Bass
*Ben Mink: Electric, Acoustic, Steel, Lap Steel & Bass Guitars, Fiddle, Percussion, Violin & Baritone Violin, Keyboards, Organ, Charango, Mandocello, Cuatro, Handclapping
*Ben Smith, Randall Stoll: Drums, Percussion
*Deana Carter, Shawn Colvin, Ingrid Friesen, Wynonna Judd, Alison Krauss, k.d. lang, Rufus Wainwright, Gretchen Wilson: Guest & Duet Vocals
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AnnWilsonMay10.jpgthumb180pxAnn Wilson in May 2010
Ann Dustin Wilson (born June 19, 1950) is an American musician, best known as the lead singer, flute player, occasional guitar player and songwriterhttp of the rock band Heart.
Wilson was born in San Diego, California. Her father was a colonel in the Marine Corps, and she moved frequently. Her family eventually settled in Bellevue, then a suburb (and now a city) east of Seattle, Washington. Shy because of a stutter, Wilson sought fulfillment in music. In the early 1970s she joined a local band, White Heart, which changed its name to Hocus Pocus, and then in 1974, to Heart.
During the 1970s, Ann Wilson was in a relationship with Michael Fisher, the manager of the band, while her younger sister Nancy was involved with lead guitarist Roger Fisher, Michael's younger brother. Both couples controlled the band. In 1979, both relationships ended; Ann stated that Michael had fallen in love with another woman and they parted. The song "Magic Man" was written about Michael and contains autobiographical lyrics about the beginning of their relationship.http Ann Wilson discusses the inspiration behind "Magic Man."
Ann adopted her daughter Marie in 1991 and her son Dustin in 1998.
As a child, Ann was teased for being overweight. She revealed that in the 1970s she would starve herself to stay thin. When Heart created a comeback in the mid-1980s, Ann had gained significant weight. Fearing it would compromise the band's image, record company executives and band members began pressuring her to lose weight. In music videos, camera angles and clothes were often used to minimize her girth, and more focus was put on her sister Nancy. Ann stated she began suffering from stress-related panic attacks due to the negative publicity surrounding her obesity.http Ann Wilson discusses the implications of and the responses to her weight gain. She underwent a weight-loss surgery called "adjustable gastric band" in January 2002Mike Falcon (2002) , 11 December 2002, USA Today. Accessed June 2007. after what she calls "a lifelong battle" with her weight.
In 1974 Ann's younger sister Nancy joined Heart, and the band moved to Canada. Heart recorded their first album Dreamboat Annie in Vancouver in 1975; it was released in the United States in 1976. In 1977 Little Queen was released, and in 1978, Dog & Butterfly. Ann also sang the duet "Almost Paradise" with Mike Reno in the movie Footloose from 1984 which reached number seven on Billboard's Hot 100. In 1986 she released a solo single from the movie "The Golden Child" called "The Best Man In The World" which reached number sixty-one in the U.S. She also had a hit with "Surrender To Me" in 1988/1989, a duet with Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander, taken from the film "Tequila Sunrise" which reached number six in the U.S singles chart.
In 1992 Ann appeared on Alice in Chains' EP Sap; she did vocals for "Brother", "Am I Inside" and "Love Song". In 1993, Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley contributed to vocals on "Ring Them Bells," a Bob Dylan cover from Heart's album Desire Walks On. In addition, Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez and touring guitarist Scott Olson appeared on Heart's 2003 release Alive in Seattle.
Ann and Nancy started a recording studio, Bad Animals, in Seattle in the mid-1990s. They formed a side band, The Lovemongers, which performed "The Battle of Evermore" on the 1992 soundtrack to the Cameron Crowe (Nancy's ex- husband) movie Singles, and later released a four-song EP. The Lovemongers' debut album Whirlygig was released in 1997.
In 2006 Ann began recording her first solo album, Hope & Glory, produced by Ben Mink, and released by the Rounder (Zoe) Music Group on September 11, 2007. Hope & Glory features guest appearances from Elton John, k.d. lang, Alison Krauss, Gretchen Wilson, Shawn Colvin, Rufus Wainwright, Wynonna Judd and Deana Carter. Ann's sister, Nancy, also contributed. Four singles were released from the project, "Little Problems, Little Lies", "Isolation" and "Immigrant Song".
The Hope & Glory version of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" is available on , and charted as "the #9 most podcasted song of 2007" on the PMC Top10's annual countdown. Ann's powerful, piercing voice led many to refer to her as "the female Robert Plant", (Led Zeppelin's lead vocalist).
Ann joined producer Alan Parsons in the 2001 live tribute tour to Beatles music called A Walk Down Abbey Road.
In June 2007 she sang with the group Sed Nove and Ian Gillan in the Festival of Music in Paris.
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