Nancy Wilson of Heart
Nancy Wilson is celebrated as one of the seminal musicians in the history of Rock n' Roll. A guitar virtuoso from the age of 10, Nancy, and her sister Ann, led the multi-platinum rock group, Heart. Together they have gone on to sell 35 million records. Nancy is revered as an ingenious guitar player and a gifted vocalist. As a songwriter, Nancy has co-written a collection of indelible songs that have earned their way into the classic rock canon including, "Magic Man," "Crazy on You," "Barracuda," and "Straight On."
During an era when females in rock n' roll were scarce, Nancy helped carve out a place for women to front a band and dominate a rock stage. Her icon status was cemented when Heart was inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. That same year, she and her sister received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Wilson sisters celebrated another career milestone in 2013 when they performed Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" at the Kennedy Center Honors. Their note-perfect performance was met with rowdy cheers and a standing ovation in the staid hall and brought members of Led Zeppelin to tears.
In 2017, Nancy stands at the starting line of exciting new co-writing/performance opportunities with her powerhouse band ROADCASE ROYALE, revitalized, as she pushes forward into a fresh artistic world.
Fronted by former Prince collaborator Liv Warfield and Nancy Wilson, co-founder of Heart, ROADCASE ROYALE has a rich background in rock and R&B. Warfield, Wilson, and their bandmates bring their decades of experience from the upper echelon of the music industry to ROADCASE ROYALE, along with a renewed sense of direction and drive. Joining Wilson and Warfield are Warfield’s lead guitarist Ryan Waters and Heart veterans Dan Rothchild (bass), Ben Smith (Drums) and Chris Joyner (Keys). Each of these members shines in ROADCASE ROYALE, with their various sensibilities creating the group’s sensitive, passionate, and driving rock and R&B sound.
Liv Warfield, a former track star at Notre Dame, was initially noticed by Prince after the release of her debut album “Embrace Me” and a YouTube video of her singing “Gimme Shelter.” She worked closely with Prince as a member of New Power Generation and he was the executive producer of her second solo album. Nancy Wilson, a guitar virtuoso since the age of 10, is celebrated as one of the seminal musicians in rock history, as a leader of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame-inducted Heart. Ryan Waters has worked as lead guitarist and musical director for Liv Warfield’s solo work since 2012, and previously worked with artists such as Sade, Cee Lo Green, and India Arie. Ben Smith, Dan Rothchild, and Chris Joyner carry with them an impressive musical pedigree – Rothchild is the son of Doors producer Paul Rothchild and has worked with Stevie Nicks, Fiona Apple and Beck, while Joyner has worked with numerous musicians including Ray LaMontagne, Jason Mraz and Sheryl Crow. Smith has performed with Mike Inez and Mike McCready and has been working with Heart since the 1990s.