Ann Wilson is arguably one of THE greatest female rock vocalists of all time.
Born in 1950, at age 67 Ann is still kicking major Arse.
Growing up as the daughter of a military major in the Marine Corps, a quote from her sister Nancy says: “On Sundays we’d have pancakes and opera. 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.” Her mother, Lou, was a concert pianist and choir singer, and her father John, was also a musician and singer who once led the U.S.
Marine Corps band in Panama and Taiwan where the family had lived at the time.
Ann, shy because of a stutter, turned to music. As a kid, Wilson was bullied for being overweight. She revealed that in the 1970s and into the early 1980s she would starve herself and use diet pills to stay thin. By the time Heart made a comeback in the mid-1980s, Wilson had gained a significant amount of weight. Fearing that Heart’s lead singer’s figure 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 size, and more focus was put on more slender guitarist Nancy. Ann stated she began suffering from stress-related panic attacks due to the negative publicity surrounding her weight. She underwent a weight-loss surgery called “adjustable gastric band” in January 2002 after what she calls “a lifelong battle” with her weight.
What I personally love and hate about this is this: Ann overcame. She overcame a significant speech impediment. Worked through weight issues the world is intolerant of. Had Mono at an early age that set her back for years. Moved around as a military kid with basically no friends to turn to.
Unfortunately and fortunately, sometimes it takes these kinds of challenges to overcome and strive for excellence. So Ann pulled herself up by her own bootstraps and we are blessed to this day with her amazing gifts of singing and music as a result.
As we all know, Heart’s classics are “Barracuda,” “Magic Man,” “Crazy on You,” “Straight On,” “Dog & Butterfly,” “What About Love,” “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You” and many other timeless classics.
So I guess that begs the question.
What the heck is stopping you?
I’m not talking just about singing.
I am talking about life!
What is stopping you?
The only one stopping you… is you!
Thanks Ann, I hope Sara Loera made you proud this day!
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