Heart singer Ann Wilson has released a swaggering new solo single titled “A Moment in Heaven” from her upcoming solo album Fierce happiness.
The song is anchored by a muscular, swinging groove and crisp guitar riffs, as Wilson sings about a starry-eyed hopeful who moves to Hollywood with dreams of fame and fortune but is quickly brought back to reality. “‘A Moment In Heaven’ tells the story of a uniquely successful marvel in Hollywood’s star-making machinery: the sublime cruelty of a passing celebrity,” the singer said in a statement.
You can listen to the song below.
For Wilson, one of the most popular singers of the 70s and 80s who experienced firsthand the fickleness and sexism of the entertainment industry, the subject of “A Moment in Heaven” comes close.
“It’s one of those un-Hollywood things,” she continued, “the meat grinder of the musical image-making machine and what you feel inside of that. All of suddenly, it “happens” on all thrusters, you have a number one record and everyone pours you champagne telling you how much you “deserve this”. You are in heaven! But then the cruel reality hits… what’s next?Can you follow this?It’s all about the fleeting glamor and the ecstasy of rock success.
Wilson previewed fierce happiness with several singles, including “Greed”, “Black Wing” and a cover of Eurythmics’ “Missionary Man”. The album, which arrives April 29, also includes renditions of Queen’s “Love of My Life” (featuring Vince Gill) and Robin Trower’s “Bridge of Sighs.” Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes also lends his talents to two songs, “Gladiator” and “Angel’s Blues.” The album arrives on April 29.
Wilson will support fierce happiness with a North American tour set to begin May 4 in San Francisco and end July 30 in Floyd, Va., with more dates to be announced soon. You can see all of the currently scheduled dates on the singer’s website.
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