Nancy Wilson Debuts New Cover of Pearl Jam’s “Daughter,” As Heard in the Netflix Film ‘I Am All Girls’

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“Daughter,” one of Pearl Jam‘s most well-known songs, was reimagined by Heart’s Nancy Wilson for the Netflix film I Am All Girls.

On Tuesday, Wilson — who released her very first solo album, You and Me, in early May — premiered a music video for her rendition of “Daughter,” a cover that has a passion and intensity that suits Wilson well:

Said Nancy Wilson of the song, and its connection to the Netflix film:

“I initially recorded ‘Daughter’ for the film, a powerful story about sex trafficking in South Africa. I was drawn to the global tragedy of human trafficking and the lyrics sung from a women’s perspective also mirror the power of the girls untold stories. This film is a revelation and sheds meaning and light on these realities. Trafficking is a global phenomenon that impacts women around the world. I recorded this version as an anthem to them.”

Here’s a trailer for I Am All Girls:

Per a news release, Nancy Wilson will join the Seattle Symphony for a highly anticipated live show as part of the Symphony’s Essential Series. Wilson will perform all-new arrangements created specifically for the show by the Essential Series curator and arranger Andrew Joslyn. The program will draw from her new solo album as well as feature Heart classics. The show is set to take place on Friday, July 9 at the Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA with a limited audience and will also be streamed live via the Symphony’s streaming platform, Seattle Symphony Live. The concert will be viewable to ticket holders for one full week after the initial livestream on Friday, July 9, at 8 p.m. PDT.

You and Me was released on May 7, and on it Nancy Wilson also covers Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising.” The album ends with “4 Edward,” a deeply personal tribute to her late friend, Eddie Van Halen.

As she told Rock Cellar in our feature interview regarding that song:

Eddie was one of the sweetest souls, a really beautiful soul. He had a lot of joy, you could just see it when he played. He always had a big Cheshire cat grin, a big, happy energy that came with him. And those guys would party like no other partiers in the world. Heart was on a tour with them here and there and they introduced us to the Kamikaze at a bar in some hotel one time. And we were like, “Whoa! Wow! How do you drink more than one of those?”

He said one time, “The way you play your acoustic guitar, you’re a really good player.” And I said, “Oh no, you can’t tell me that,” because here’s the wizard. “Why don’t you play more acoustic?” And he said, “I don’t really have an acoustic.” And I said, “Well, that’s impossible, you have to have an acoustic right now.” So I gave one to him.

And then fast forward to the break of dawn the next morning, it’s still dark outside, and he calls my room, “Listen, listen, listen, listen, I’ve made this song, you gotta check it out.” He played me this beautiful piece of instrumental acoustic music, just beautiful, kinda classical, and then a little rock, and a bit of classical at the end. After he left us and I was making this album, I said, “I gotta do something to pay tribute to my friend Eddie.” So I talked about it in the press before I even started it because then I had to face the challenge of actually doing it. So I painted myself into a terrible corner [laughs].

I was determined to make something great, something beautiful, at least. I used a little bit of the melodic content from “Jump” in there, just a tip of the hat to “Jump.” It all came together finally. I was so nervous when I was trying to record that. My hands were shaking. It was like, “Can I really do this for Eddie?” He must be looking down from the Angel Ballroom going, “Oh yeah, good luck with that“ [laughs].

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