New Ann Wilson: Stream the Anthemic “A Moment in Heaven,” from Upcoming Album ‘Fierce Bliss’

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Ann Wilson of Heart will add to her legacy on April 29 with a new solo album, Fierce Bliss.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame singer/songwriter has been previewing the record in recent weeks, and the latest preview arrived on Tuesday in the form of “A Moment in Heaven,” a guitar-forward anthem primed for the live setting:

The song, Wilson explained in a statement, is a takedown of the pop culture/stardom “machine”:

“It’s one of those anti-Hollywood screed things. The meat grinder of the music image maker machine and what it feels like to be on the inside of that. All of a sudden, it’s ‘happening’ on all thrusters, you’ve got a number one record and everyone’s pouring champagne telling you how much you ‘deserve this.’ You’re in heaven! But then the cruel reality comes down… what’s the next one? Can you follow that? It’s all about the short-lived glamour and ecstasy of being successful in the rock business.”

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Another track shared ahead of Fierce Bliss is “Greed,” which came with a music video:

Some more about the story behind Fierce Bliss, per a news release:

Fast forward to the summer of 2020 and a road-trip with her husband (all aboard a rented tour bus with protocols observed!) saw Wilson in the Bay Area, where she ran into the legendary veteran ‘artist’s lawyer’ Brian Rohan; it was the catalyst for Fierce Bliss’s creation.

“Getting to know him, talking to him and his belief in me made me go: ‘the hell with this sitting around the house, I’ve always wanted to record at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios*, I’m just going to go do it, I have some songs!” Wilson states firmly. “Brian recommended people to me that knew people in Nashville, so I met [famed Nashville session guitarist] Tom Bukovac and Tony Lucido at those Muscle Shoals sessions. I’d never met them before, and they really inspired me. It was like a big door opening. Put it this way, we’re now a band.”

With the musical chemistry organically established, Fierce Bliss came together quickly. “It grew from that first session at Muscle Shoals,” furthers Wilson, “I had originally intended to go in, record a few songs and see what I had, but it just took on this life. Jim Zumwalt, the attorney, got a hold of it and said I should look at a few other people. We went into Sound Stage in Nashville, where Kenny Wayne Shepherd came in and played on a couple songs. He was a whole other influence coming in, he just played his butt off, and with the gospel singers and everything else coming together, the whole project just started to grow. I’d known Warren Haynes from Government Mule for a while, we’d written a couple songs together with Government Mule playing, and those rounded out the record. So all of a sudden, where there was no record before, suddenly I had eleven cool songs that I really liked.”

The track listing:

Black Wing
Bridge of Sighs
Fighten for Life
Love of My Life (feat. Vince Gill)
Missionary Man
Forget Her
A Moment In Heaven
Angel’s Blues
As the World Turns

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Ann Wilson and her backing band, The Amazing Dawgs, have a handful of live dates scheduled for the months ahead in support of the album, and a few additional shows have since been added to the run. The schedule:

MAY 4 – San Francisco, CA – Great American
MAY 5 – Napa, CA – The Uptown Theatre
MAY 7 – Pala, CA – Pala Casino
MAY 9 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
MAY 10 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
MAY 13 – Toronto, ONT – Scotiabank Arena (with Journey)
MAY 16 – Quebec City, QUE – Videotron Centre (with Journey)
JUNE 11 – Peachtree City, GA – Fred Brown Amph
JUNE 13 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
JUNE 14 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
JUNE 16 – Tampa, FL – Hard Rock
JUNE 17 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – The Parker
JUNE 24 – Joliet, IL – ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium (Taste of Joliet)
JULY 30 – Floyd, VA – FloydFest22 Heartbeat

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