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

This was our first RLC, we REALLY wanted to do this one because of Uriah Heep and The Circle. The fact that Steppenwolf, Blue Oyster Cult, and Bad Company were on it also just sweetened the pot. It was our first time seeing Todd Rundgren, Gary Hoey, Quiet Riot, Artimus Pyle and Elvin Bishop, who were all great! We caught parts of some of the other bands and unfortunately some not at all. We didn’t leave the ship at all because there just too much GREAT music!
The artist we met were all very nice. Loved the Meet and Greets. And now we have new bands to follow.
My only complaints ( and they wouldn’t stop my husband and I from returning) were the saving of the chairs with towels, and the staff in the buffet room seemed ill equipped to handle the crowds, which were predictable. Also, I thought the buffet room should have had longer daytime hours, that would have helped with tables not available. But we weren’t there for the food or the destination. We were there for the non stop music. Gary Hoey and the All Star Jam was the best surprise, we didn’t move for 3 hours, didn’t want to miss a second of that great show. Gary was a terrific host.
We will be back! Oh and fun swag too!

Beckie Webster, Terrific Beckie Webster, Terrific

First time on RLC cruise and it was, by far, one of the best damn times I’ve ever had in my life! Loved every band we saw, especially Sammy, Bad Company and Artimus Pyle! Had already booked for VII before we even went on this one and won’t be giving up my reservation for anything! I do agree with another reviewer that the chair reserving/holding on the deck needs to be addressed and the smoking everywhere on deck 11 was a little much. Thank you NAHA for nailing it for us true rockers!!

Mary, Talk about a Rock-n-Roll fantasy! Mary, Talk about a Rock-n-Roll fantasy!