Heart's Ann Wilson releasing covers album honoring Bowie, Petty and other late music stars

Credit: Kimberly AdamisHeart frontwoman Ann Wilson has revealed plans to release a new solo album this summer, tentatively titled Songs for the Living: Vol. 1.  It’ll pay tribute to some of her favorite music stars who are no longer with us.

“It’s a project very dear to me — a collection of songs by artists who have departed in the last several years including Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Tom Petty, Chris Cornell and Amy Winehouse to name a few,” Wilson says in a statement. “I feel these souls have made a real, lasting contribution to the art of the popular song and to honor them is my deepest pleasure.”

While the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is still working on the album in Los Angeles, she has revealed three of the tunes that will appear on the record: Lesley Gore‘s “You Don’t Own Me,” Amy Winehouse‘s “Back to Black” and The Eagles‘ “Life in the Fast Lane,” the latter of which pays homage to Glenn Frey.

“Once again I am pushing my limits as a singer and it is thrilling work,” Wilson notes. “It’s my way of showing gratitude for these amazing expressions in words and music.”

“This record was made in the old school way…on an actual tape recorder, so the sound is vibrant, present and powerful,” she adds. “This sound will not just massage the listener’s ego, it will stoke their heart and soul.”

Ann has tapped the talents of some of her favorite musicians to contribute to the album.

Meanwhile, Wilson and her Ann Wilson of Heart solo band will be playing a few headlining shows in March and April before hitting the road this summer with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers on the previously announced Stars Align Tour.

Here are all of Wilson’s upcoming dates:

Headlining Dates:
3/16 — Portland, ME, Aura
3/17 — Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
4/5 — Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino
4/7 — Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino
4/8 — St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre

Stars Align Tour:
7/18 — West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
7/20 — Los Angeles, CA, Five Point Amphitheatre
7/22 — Chula Vista, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
7/24 — Houston, TX, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
7/25 — Dallas, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
7/28 — St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/29 — Chicago, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
7/31 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/1 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage
8/3 — Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/4 — Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
8/8 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/10 — Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
8/12 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/14 — Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
8/17 — Nashville, TN, Nashville Municipal Auditorium
8/19 — Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/25 — West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
8/26 — Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

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