You’ll Want to Listen to Heart Co-Founder Nancy Wilson’s Bright Video for ‘Walk Away’
Co-founder, guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Nancy Wilson of Heart released her first solo album, You and Me, in May of this year. An exploration of melody and genre, on it Wilson digs into both wistful wisdom and all-out rock-n-roll fun. Her track “Walk Away” is decidedly Heart-like with a gentle opening flowing into driving conviction and a killer guitar solo. Her video for the track has this icon digging into this heartfelt song of loss without getting too serious or sad.
“When I put a plan together to film the home video for ‘Walk Away’ I wanted not to go too dark with the images. The song itself carries a somewhat painful message so I decided to bring shiny and sparkly reflections into the frame.”
Wilson will be showcasing her music with a concert with The Seattle Symphony, featuring original arrangements of her newest songs from her debut solo album, You and Me, as well as hits from Heart’s extensive catalog at 8 p.m. PT Saturday, Oct. 30. Tickets will go on sale in mid-July.
You and Me was recorded primarily in Wilson’s California home studio, working with her long-time collaborators; Dan Walker on keys, Ryan Waters on guitar, bassist Andy Stoller and Ben Smith on drums plus several special guests also working remotely. Wilson self-produced the entire project along with assistance from first engineer, Matthew Sabin.
Many of the tracks on the new album are originals, but Wilson decided to include a handful of covers by a few of her favorites, including a female perspective of Pearl Jam’s “Daughter,” a stirring turn of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” featuring Sammy Hagar, and an ethereal cover of the Cranberries “Dreams,” featuring Liv Warfield (Prince) from Wilson’s previous band Roadcase Royale. The first single from the album was Bruce Springsteen‘s “The Rising,” which debuted in fall 2020. “During this horrific time in the world, with all this enduring loss, it seemed like the right time for an aspirational song about hope and perseverance,” Wilson says. The other eight tracks are originals, mostly acoustic ballads, including a special song that captures the full spectrum of loss, love and redemption in one instrumental coda.
With Heart, Wilson has recorded 16 albums, sold over 35 million albums worldwide, has four Grammy nominations, been honored with the ASCAP Founders Award and was celebrated with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With Wilson’s solo debut, as with all the legendary music she’s created with Heart, the album ended up as an emotional and intimate conversation between a musician and an audience. “Whether you’re performing onstage or in the studio, it’s always about that relationship, and that conversation,” she says. “It’s always been ‘you’ and ‘me.’”