Ann Wilson Age, Early Life, Band Career, Solo Career, Personal Life, Relationship and Net Worth

Published Date   13th Sep. 2017, 00:18 am
Ann Wilson Age, Early Life, Band Career, Solo Career, Personal Life, Relationship and Net Worth
Quick Info

American musician, Ann Wilson age was not much when she gained limelight as a singer and songwriter of the rock band Heart.


Born in 1950, Ann Wilson became one of the “Top Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time”. Hit Parader magazine listed her in the list in the year 2006. Moreover, the dramatic soprano voice range has drawn attention of the listeners and earned her wide recognition.

Early Life and Background 

Ann Dustin Wilson was born on June 19, 1950 in San Diego, California. She is an American born to Marine Corps major father in the United States. Due to her father’s military job, the family moved a lot. Finally, they settled in Seattle, Washington in early-1960s.

When Ann Wilson age was quite small, she used to listen to music from different genre. Her father used to play classical music while Ann and her sister, Nancy Wilson, used to turn the music to rock. They would also listen to electronic music.

Growing up in Seattle, Wilson went to Sammamish High School from where she graduated in 1968. She was shy and used to seek fulfilment in music. Ann Wilson age was only twenty-something when she joined a local band in 1970s.

The band at the time she joined had a name, White Heart. Later, they changed its name to Hocus Pocus and then again to Heart in 1974.

Band Career Highlights

Ann’s younger sister, Nancy, joined the band Heart in 1973. Afterwards, the band moved to Canada and recorded their first album Dreamboat Annie in 1975. A year later, the album released in the US with “Crazy on You” turning into #35 in the US Chart.

In 1977, the band released another album Queen and then Dog & Butterfly in 1978. Wilson sang three songs in Alice in Chains’ EP Sap in 1992. This appearance brought her into limelight. In turn, Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley contributed voice on Heart’s cover of Bob Dylan song in their album Desire Walks On.

Nancy and Ann later started a recording studio, Bad Animals, in Seattle. They established the studio in mid-1990s. Sideways, the Wilson sisters formed a band, The Lovemongers. The band performed “The Battle of Evermore” in 1992 movie Singles soundtrack. Furthermore, the band released their debut album Whirlygig in 1997.

Solo Career Highlights

Ann Wilson age was not even 30 when she joined 2001 tribute tour to Beatles, A Walk Down Abbey Road. In 2006, Wilson recorded her solo album, Hope & Glory. The album released on September 11, 2007 and featured guest appearances from Elton John, Alison Krauss, Gretchen Wilson, K.D. Lang, Rufus Wainwright and Deana Carter.

The year her first solo album released, Nancy appeared with Ann on stage for series of concerts in Las Vegas. Hope & Glory reprised Led Zeppelin’s song “Immigrant Song” became the No. 9 most podcasted song of 2007 among PDC Top 10 annual countdown.

Towards the end of 2012, Wilson sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” with Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the beginning of the Thanksgiving Day football game. The match was between Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins in Texas.

Similarly, Ann Wilson released her first EP The Ann Wilson Thing! – #1 on September 18, 2015. The following year, she released another EP Focus.

Personal Life and Weight Related Issues

When Ann Wilson age was quite small, she endured bully for being overweight. Consequently, she starved herself and used diet pills. During the time Heart made a comeback, Wilson had gained tremendous weight.

Therefore, the record company executives and band members pressurized her to lose weight so that her overweight do not spoil the band’s image. They arranged for camera angles and clothes that would make her look slimmer. Furthermore, the music video focused more on slender guitarist, Nancy.

Due to the continuous pressure on weight loss and negative publicity because of her overweight, she underwent stress related panic attacks. As a result, she underwent a surgery lose her weight in 2002.

Wilson revealed her struggles with cocaine and alcoholism in the past through the band’s 2012 autobiography. She also mentioned she has not touched any of them since 2009.

Relationship, Husband and Family

When Ann Wilson age was twenty-something, she was in relationship with the manager of Heart, Michael Fisher. Her younger sister, Nancy, was in relationship with Fisher’s younger brother, Roger Fisher, who was the lead guitarist.

Both the couples handled the band. However, Ann and Michael ended their relationship in 1979. Wilson claims that Michael had fallen in love with another woman. Wilson adopted daughter, Marie and son Dustin in 1991 and 1998 respectively.

Wilson married Dean Wetter in 2015 after dating him briefly in 1980s. They rekindled their relationship and turned it into marriage later. Recently, Wetter turned out guilty for assaulting Wilson’s nephews in 2017.

Salary and Net Worth

The high range voiced metal singer, Ann Wilson has net worth of $18 million due to her involvement in band and music since Ann Wilson age was young enough to get into a band.

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