ANN WILSON RELEASES TIMELY COVER OF STEVE EARLE’S
“THE REVOLUTION STARTS NOW”
ARTWORK DESIGNED BY CONTEMPORARY STREET ARTIST AND ACTIVIST SHEPARD FAIREY
“Wilson’s rendition stays true to the former, but with a sense of urgency
that arrives like a jolt to the heart.”
- Rolling Stone
Legendary rock musician Ann Wilson has returned with her first release in two years. “The Revolution Starts Now” is available today on Ann’s official YouTube Channel and for digital download on AnnWilson.com.
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“The Revolution Starts Now” was originally recorded by Steve Earle and first appeared as the title track of his GRAMMY nominated 2004 album The Revolution Starts Now.
“This is my first release since my 2018 solo album release, Immortal,” says Ann about the release. “‘The Revolution Starts’ Now is a powerful, uplifting anthem of unity. It’s an incitement to think higher than polarization and derision. We need that now. I used to love this song in a ‘fun’ way. Nowadays, I take it much more seriously and urgently.”
“Things are just building and have been building for a long time for this sort of fever pitch before the election, and I have never seen a time when people have been so divided,” Ann adds in an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone. “Even with the pandemic, which could have been a real unifier, it seems like there’s the lowest common denominator in human nature at play, where everyone’s just all split up and divided and hating each other. So this song talks about thinking higher.”
The single artwork for Ann’s “The Revolution Starts Now” was designed by American street artist and activist Shepard Fairey, who first emerged with his "Andre The Giant Has A Posse” sticker campaign before becoming widely known during the 2008 U.S. presidential election for his Barack Obama "Hope" poster.
Ann Wilson is one of the greatest voices in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. For the past 40 years, Ann has been lead singer for the rock band Heart (35 million records sold), thrilling audiences with her vocal power and natural gift to wrap her voice around an emotion in a song and lay it at the listener’s feet. Ann carved out a place for women to dominate a rock stage, and her icon status was cemented when Heart was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
After an extensive 2019 with Heart Ann’s looking forward to bringing the same band on the road to perform all the great songs, and others, that she’s made famous since she founded her band in 1973.
photo credit: Criss Cain
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ANN WILSON RETURNS WITH “TENDER HEART”
LEGENDARY ROCK SINGER AND SONGWRITER UNVEILS
POWERFUL NEW SINGLE
“TENDER HEART” AVAILABLE NOW AT ALL DSPS AND STREAMING SERVICES
“Ann Wilson is one of rock’s immortal performers, having earned her spot among
the greatest vocalists of all-time.” – ASSOCIATED PRESS
Legendary rock singer and songwriter Ann Wilson has announced today’s premiere of a powerful new single. "Tender Heart” is available now at all DSPs and streaming services.
“‘Tender Heart’ came out of a personal struggle,” says Wilson, “but quickly evolved into a greater, more universal meaning. We as the human race are coming to realize realities we never dreamed we’d have to face – environmentally, culturally, financially, and health-wise. Humanity is coming to terms with uncomfortable, heartbreaking, terrifying truths. This song is for the soul whose heart is blindsided by reality, but is still soft and innocent. I hope people will identify with this song and feel they are not alone.”
Widely regarded as one of the greatest voices in the history of rock ‘n’ roll, Wilson will discuss “Tender Heart” and much more in a special interview with The Washington Post national arts reporter Geoff Edgers on his weekly Instagram Live show, Stuck With Geoff, set for today at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT exclusively via the official Washington Post Instagram page.
“Tender Heart” follows last year’s release of “The Revolution Starts Now,” available now at all DSPs and streaming services; an official video is streaming now via YouTube. Written and originally recorded by Steve Earle, the track – which marked Wilson’s first new music in more than two years – was met by universal acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, which praised it for “a sense of urgency that arrives like a jolt to the heart.” “With thrumming guitar and crashing high hat/kick drum combination, ‘The Revolution Starts Now’ is propulsive,” agreed American Songwriter. “Classic hard rock, it swells on the chorus, then falls away. Her voice is strong, somewhat dusky, retains its power.”
“The Revolution Starts Now” – which features original artwork by renowned American street artist and activist Shepard Fairey – is also being offered on limited edition signed 7” vinyl, available now for pre-order via AnnWilson.com. The single includes the exclusive B-side, “Rooster,” originally performed by Alice In Chains; a live performance from last year’s “MoPOP Founders Award Honoring Alice In Chains: A Benefit for the Museum of Pop Culture” is streaming now at the official Ann Wilson YouTube channel.
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Ann Wilson is a true icon, known far and wide as lead singer and songwriter of the groundbreaking rock band Heart. Led by Wilson’s extraordinary vocal power, Heart has thrilled audiences for more than four decades, earning sales of more than 35 million and well-deserved induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Wilson’s second solo album, 2018’s IMMORTAL, saw her putting her unique stamp on songs made famous by a number of hugely influential artists, including David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty, Amy Winehouse, and more. Produced by longtime Heart collaborator Mike Flicker, the album earned widespread critical acclaim, with Associated Press declaring it “an exciting, eye-opening look at largely obscure songs by big-name artists” and Goldmine praising Wilson for “her mighty vocal firepower and a far ranging creative spirit.”
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