Nancy Wilson from Heart sits down with Aly & AJ. The Conversation, a Gibson TV Original Series, gives two artists from similar genres and different generations the chance to sit down and discuss their journeys through music.
In this wide-ranging discussion, Nancy and Aly & AJ talk about how they initially met and first got together to write songs and how the music they wrote was different than what Aly & AJ were doing at the time. Nancy gathered info from them to figure out their vision and how she could help—what music they listen to, what books they read—trying to get a feel for what they wanted to write about and sound like.
Nancy is featured on Aly & AJ’s latest album, “A Touch of the Beat Gets You Up on Your Feet Gets You Out and Then Into the Sun,” playing guitar and singing backing vocals on their song “Listen!!!”
Nancy also talks about making her new solo album during the pandemic and the creative process; recording at home and then emailing tracks to other musicians and collaborators. They all discuss the expectations placed on artists by record labels and the industry and the struggle to retain their sound and creative vision. Aly & AJ discuss trying to put back the human element into their latest album.
Nancy tells about her first guitar and how she was inspired by the Beatles, talks about her guitar collection, tells a story about giving Eddie Van Halen one of her acoustic guitars and what it was like honoring Led Zeppelin at The Kennedy Center Honors.
Nancy also talks about what it’s like to be in a band with her sister, which of course, is something that sisters Alyson and Amanda Michalka (Aly & AJ) can also relate to.