Heart siblings Ann and Nancy Wilson have been focusing on side projects since 2016, following a backstage incident where Ann’s husband assaulted Nancy’s two teenage sons. While the assumption in the media has been that Heart’s hiatus has continued because of lingering bad blood between the sisters, Ann insists that’s not the case.
“Contrary to urban myth there’s no feud between Nancy and I,” she tells Billboard. “We’re talking. We’re sisters, so everything’s good there. We just wanted to get out and stretch our wings, and we’re loving that.”
She adds, “When the time is right we’ll get back together and do something again.”
While Nancy has been playing with her new group Roadcase Royale, featuring one-time Prince backing singer Liv Warfield, Ann has been recording and performing with her own solo project under the moniker Ann Wilson of Heart. As previously reported, Ann and her band are touring the U.S. with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers on the Stars Align trek, and she’ll release a new solo album called Immortal on September 14 featuring cover songs by well-known artists who have died in recent years.
The singer has just released a new track from Immortal, her rendition of the 1963 Lesley Gore hit “You Don’t Own Me.” The song, which features ex-Allman Brothers Band member Warren Haynes on guitar, is available now via digital platforms and streaming services. Anyone who pre-orders Immortal also will receive the track as an instant free download.
Wilson tells Billboard that her version of “You Don’t Own Me” is “really heavy.” She also says she feels the theme of the female-empowerment anthem has become “way more universal” today.
“It could be the anthem of anyone who wants respect, anyone at all, not just women,” Ann maintains.
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