kids encyclopedia robot

Ann Wilson facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Ann Wilson
Ann Wilson - Wacken Open Air 2022 03.jpg
Wilson at Wacken Open Air 2022
Background information
Birth name Ann Dustin Wilson
Born (1950-06-19) June 19, 1950 (age 73)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Genres Rock, hard rock, folk rock, pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 1967–present
Associated acts Heart, The Lovemongers, Alice in Chains

Ann Dustin Wilson (born June 19, 1950) is an American singer best known as the lead singer of the rock band Heart.

Wilson has been a member of Heart since the early 1970s; her younger sister, Nancy, is also a member of the band. The first hard rock band fronted by women, Heart released numerous albums throughout the late 1970s and 1980s; the albums Dreamboat Annie (1975), and Little Queen (1977) generated chart singles such as "Magic Man", "Crazy on You", and "Barracuda". Heart has sold over 35 million records worldwide and has placed top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2010s.

Ann Wilson was ranked no. 78 in Hit Parader's 2006 list of "Greatest Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time". In 2013, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Heart. Wilson possesses a lyric soprano vocal range. She is known for her operatic abilities.

Early life

Ann Dustin Wilson was born in San Diego, California. Her father was a major in the U.S. Marine Corps. Due to her father's military career, the Wilson family moved frequently. They lived near American military facilities in Panama and Taiwan before settling in Seattle, Washington, in the early 1960s. To maintain a sense of home no matter where in the world they were residing, the Wilsons turned to music. "On Sunday we'd have pancakes and opera," her sister Nancy Wilson recalled. "My dad would be conducting in the living room. We'd turn it way up and rock. There was everything from classical music to Ray Charles, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, bossa nova, and early experimental electronic music."

Wilson's family eventually settled in Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle, Washington. In 1968, she graduated from Sammamish High School. 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. Wilson also attended Cornish College of the Arts.


Nancy and Ann Wilson
Wilson (left) and her sister Nancy in 1998

Wilson'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, with "Magic Man" becoming Heart's first Top 10 hit in the United States, peaking at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Crazy on You" hitting number 35. Both songs were co-written by Ann and Nancy Wilson. In 1977, Little Queen was released, and in 1978, Dog & Butterfly. In 1992, Wilson appeared on Alice in Chains' EP Sap; she sang on "Brother" and "Am I Inside".

The Wilson sisters started a recording studio, Bad Animals, in Seattle in the mid-1990s. They formed a side band, the Lovemongers, which performed Led Zeppelin's song "The Battle of Evermore" on the 1992 soundtrack to the Cameron Crowe (Nancy's then husband) movie Singles, and later released a four-song EP. The Lovemongers' debut album Whirlygig was released in 1997.

Wilson joined producer Alan Parsons in A Walk Down Abbey Road, the 2001 live tribute tour to Beatles music.

Wilson's first solo album, Hope & Glory, was 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. Nancy Wilson also contributed. Three singles were released from the project: "Little Problems, Little Lies", "Isolation", and a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song."

On November 22, 2012, Wilson sang an original arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner", accompanied by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, at the beginning of the Thanksgiving Day football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins.

The Wilson sisters performed at the Kennedy Center tribute to Led Zeppelin on December 2, 2012. Present at the event were the three living members of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. The Wilsons performed "Stairway To Heaven", backed by an orchestra and a choir, and featuring drummer Jason Bonham (son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham).

On July 13, 2015, Wilson announced a solo tour, The Ann Wilson Thing, which began on September 21. She released her first EP, The Ann Wilson Thing! – #1, digitally on September 18, 2015. On July 22, 2016, Wilson announced the release of focus, the second EP from The Ann Wilson Thing! Wilson played a Florida mini-tour in September 2016 as The Ann Wilson Thing! in support of this release.

Wilson receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2012

On October 12, 2017, Wilson's first feature film, Ann Wilson: In Focus was released. It featured an intimate interview conducted in her home by Criss Cain along with 20 complete live song performances from the Ann Wilson of Heart tour stop in Wilmington, North Carolina, on March 21, 2017.

Wilson and Alice in Chains' guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell paid tribute to their late friend, Chris Cornell, with a rendition of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on April 14, 2018.

On August 3, 2018, Wilson released "You Don't Own Me" as the second single from her solo album, Immortal. Released on September 14, 2018, the album features ten tracks that pay tribute to Wilson's influences and friends.

In May 2021, Wilson announced her first dates since the COVID-19 pandemic with the Rite of June mini-tour.

In 2023, Wilson was nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Personal life

Relationships and family

During the 1970s, Wilson was in a relationship with Michael Fisher, the manager of Heart, while Nancy was involved with lead guitarist Roger Fisher, Michael's younger brother. Both couples controlled the band. In 1979, the relationships ended; Ann stated that Michael had fallen in love with another woman and they parted.

Ann Wilson adopted her daughter Marie in 1991 and her son Dustin in 1998.

Wilson married Dean Wetter in April 2015. The pair had dated briefly in the 1980s. On the morning of August 27, 2016, Wetter was arrested for assaulting Nancy Wilson's 16-year-old twin sons after the boys had left the door to his RV open. The incident took place during a Heart performance at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn, Washington, the previous night. Wetter later pleaded guilty to the charges.

The sisters' relationship was strained by the incident. Following the end of Heart's 2016 tour, the sisters opted to tour with their own side-project bands, with Ann saying in April 2017 that Heart was on hiatus.

In February 2019, the sisters announced that Heart's hiatus had ended and that the band would embark on the Love Alive tour in the summer. In March 2019, the sisters reunited on stage for the first time since the band went on hiatus, at the Love Rocks NYC benefit concert.


Studio albums

Year Title Notes Ref.
2007 Hope & Glory cover album
2018 Immortal
2022 Fierce Bliss covers and originals

Extended plays

Year Title Ref.
2015 The Ann Wilson Thing! #1
2016 The Ann Wilson Thing! #2 - Focus


Year Title Album Notes Ref.
1969 "Standin' Watchin' You"

b/w "Wonder How I Managed"

non-album single covers, with the Daybreaks
"Through Eyes and Glass"

b/w "I'm Gonna' Drink My Hurt Away"

original song b/w cover, with the Daybreaks
2020 "The Revolution Starts Now!" cover
2021 "Tender Heart" original song
"The Hammer"
"Black Wing" Fierce Bliss
2022 "Greed"

Other appearances

Year Title Album Notes Ref.
1984 "Almost Paradise" Footloose with Mike Reno
1986 "The Best Man in the World" The Golden Child original song
1988 "Surrender to Me" Tequila Sunrise with Robin Zander
1993 "Auld Lang Syne" Holiday Collection Volume III traditional song
1995 "That's All Right" Blue Suede Sneakers cover
1996 "Jezebel" Édith Piaf Tribute
2003 "Promise Her the Moon" Influences and Connections: Volume I - Mr. Big
2015 "Across the Universe" Keep Calm and Salute the Beatles

Live albums

Year Title Ref.
2016 Live at the Belly Up: The Ann Wilson Thing!


Year Title Notes Ref.
2021 The Daybreaks EP which compiles the two singles recorded with the Daybreaks

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Ann Wilson para niños

kids search engine
Ann Wilson Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.