In recent years,  the music world has lost many talented, legendary artists from Chris Cornell to Prince and David Bowie.  Although these artists may be gone, their legacy continues on through their music and their songs remain forever a testament to their talents; eternal and immortal. Iconic classic rock vocalist Ann Wilson has recently released an album honoring these artists and songs, “Immortal.”

It’s no secret that Wilson is a superstar vocalist, having rocked the world for over 40 years along with her sister Nancy in the band Heart.  She is the voice behind seventies rock classics  “Crazy on You” and “Barracuda” and eighties radio hits “What About Love” and “Alone.”  Wilson possesses a voice like no other and after all these years she’s still got it with “Immortal” showcasing not only her incredible range, but also her amazing versatility. The record kicks off with a heavy, guitar laden version of Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” with Wilson commanding your attention from the very first note.  Changing things up, Ann gives a passionate and poignant performance of  Audioslave’s “I Am The Highway” before tackling the wicked groove of Tom Petty’s “Luna.”  Wilson is the kind of vocalist who could sing just about anything and sound great but is absolutely outstanding on these classic tracks.  She sounds amazing throughout as she puts her own spin on Bowie’s “I’m Afraid of Americans” and reaches deep down into her soul for Amy Winehouses’s “Back To Black.”

The fact that Wilson is still capable of putting out a vocal performance of this quality after all these years  is proof that some things can and  do get better with age.

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978. My top five live shows ever are: 1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome. 2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours. 3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 - The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked! 4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live. 5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.