Nancy Wilson

Played 2020

Nancy Wilson playing guitar

About Nancy Wilson

Nancy Wilson is celebrated as one of the seminal musicians in the history of rock n roll. A guitar virtuoso from the age of 10, Nancy (and her sister Ann) lead the multi-platinum rock group Heart (35 million records sold). Nancy’s is revered as an ingenious guitar player and a gifted lead vocalist. That’s Nancy singing on Heart’s first Number One Hit, “These Dreams.” As a songwriter, Nancy has co-written a collection of indelible songs that have earned their way into the classic rock canon. (“Magic Man,” “Crazy on You,” “Barracuda,” “Straight On”)

During an era when females in rock n’ roll were scarce, Nancy helped carve out a place for women to front a band and dominate a rock stage. Her icon status was cemented when Heart was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. That same year, she and her sister received a Star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. In 2013, the Wilson Sisters celebrated another career milestone when they performed Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” at the Kennedy Center Honors. Their note-perfect performance was met with rowdy cheers and a standing ovation in the staid hall and brought members of Led Zeppelin to tears. The video went viral on YouTube.

Nancy has also built a successful career as a film composer.  Her composing credits include scores for the Cameron Crowe films:

  • 1989 – Say Anything…
  • 2000 – Almost Famous
  • 2001 – Vanilla Sky
  • 2005 – Elizabethtown
  • 1995 – Jerry Maguire (main theme)

Nancy’s film nominations include:

  • 2000: Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (Sierra Award – Best Score) for Almost Famous
  • 2001: Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards (PFCS Award – Best Original Score) for Almost Famous
  • 2001: BAFTA (Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music) for Almost Famous
  • 2002: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA (Saturn Award – Best Music) for Vanilla Sky
  • 2006: Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (Critics Choice Award – Best Composer) for Elizabethtown

As a longtime film buff, Nancy has an encyclopedic knowledge of the language of film. She has years of experience working as part of filmmaking teams, helping to craft scenes that support the emotional tone of the film and advance the story. An instinctive musician, she applies her touch to enhance an intimate, human moment or to bring lift-off to a party scene.

Nancy’s onstage experience in Heart has taught her how to create connections with her audience in a concert. She brings this skill to her composing work, where she delivers unforgettable melodic themes, aimed at deepening her relationship with a viewing audience.

What Passengers Think

My husband and I took a chance and booked our first ever cruise in December 2011 after listening to a radio commercial about a cruise with ZZ Top, George Thorogood and John Kay playing and cruising with us (among many other great bands!). This was “Woodstock on Water”! We have been on every one since and have made many new friends who we correspond with throughout the year and look forward to seeing every year. There should be a different word than “Cruise” to describe this because it does not compare to a standard cruise by any means. Seeing- greeting-hugging-taking pictures with so many of our idols – PRICELESS!! Pam and the NAHA staff do an outstanding job and we always book as soon as each cruise booking opens – no need to wait to see who will be rockin’ us! If you like classic and southern rock and have not booked this cruise, do not wait or you’ll miss out. It sells out earlier every year. (Love to all the Dfers and FB Rock Legends Cruise Fans and FB Rock Legends Cruise Party’ers!)

Judy Diaz, DON'T MISS OUT! Judy Diaz, DON'T MISS OUT!

This was my 5th RLC out of 6 and will be on the next one in 2019. It is the only way to do a cruise and one of the best ways to have an over the top rock ‘n roll experience. There are three venues with shows going on from 10 am to past 12 midnight – every day! Once you’re done for the night, the convenience of your cabin is just steps away. The RLC lineup speaks for itself. There is so much talent, legends and upcoming rockers, on the ship! The people, your fellow rockers, are all there for the same reason – rock ‘n roll! Don’t be surprised if you run into a few rock stars on the elevator or just hanging out watching a show.

L. Kelly, Best Rock'n Roll Experience L. Kelly, Best Rock'n Roll Experience