Nancy Wilson’s ‘Fanatic’ Epiphone Guitar Available Now; Honoree of 2021 She Rocks Awards 1/22, Part of NAMM Believe in Music Week

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This Friday, Jan. 22, Nancy Wilson of Heart will be among the list of honorees of the 2021 She Rocks Awards. The ceremony, which usually takes place at the NAMM Show in Anaheim California each January, will be a virtual event this time, a key element of NAMM’s programming for Believe in Music Week, a virtual edition of its international trade show.

The ninth annual She Rocks Awards are set for 6:30 p.m. PT on Friday night with host Lizzy Hale (of the band Halestorm), and Wilson will be part of the festivities. Also being honored during the show will be the following:

  • The Go-Go’s – the first all-female band to top the Billboard charts that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments
  • Cherie Currie – founding member of the pioneering all-female rock band The Runaways
  • Cindy Blackman Santana – respected jazz and rock drummer with Santana and Lenny Kravitz among many others
  • Amy Lee – co-founder and lead vocalist for the rock band Evanescence
  • Margaret Cho – Emmy and Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian, actress, fashion designer, author, and singer-songwriter
  • Starr Parodi – composer, pianist, conductor, arranger, music director and president of The Alliance For Women Film Composers
  • Ann Mincieli – GRAMMY-winning recording engineer, studio coordinator for Alicia Keys and co-founder of NYC-destination studio Jungle City
  • Sharon Hennessey – President of On-StageThe Music People (a division of JAM) and the driving force behind the company’s two brands, On-Stage and TMP-Pro.
  • Gwen Bethel Riley – Senior VP of Music for Peloton Interactive
  • Kim Warnick – Executive Director of Calling All Crows

Register for access to watch the She Rocks Awards stream by clicking here.

In addition to her status as a key honoree of this year’s She Rocks Awards, Epiphone announced a special new guitar designed by Wilson — her first for the company.

More details on the Fanatic, per a news release:

The Fanatic is created and co-designed by Nancy Wilson of Heart and the luthiers at Epiphone in Nashville, TN, and marks Wilson’s first Epiphone signature guitar and her second guitar overall with Gibson Brands. The Epiphone Nancy Wilson Fanatic is now available worldwide

“In the midst of the distant eighties, I was approached by Gibson to design a signature model,” says Nancy Wilson. “I put pencil to paper to first design the body shape and chose a curvy female diminutive silhouette for the cut away. Many years later the body shape remains exact and the hardware I requested makes the Fanatic a solid citizen amongst the great rock guitar screamers.”

Nancy Wilson is also preparing to release her fist-ever solo album in April. It features collaborations with Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, Sammy Hagar, and Duff McKagan. She previewed it in late 2020 with a reimagining of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising”:

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