Rock and roll's mystic poet
The unmistakable vocal timbre of Stevie Nicks's voice has dominated rock. Nicks brought velvet and chiffon into the leather-and-denim world of rock, infusing sounds she admired from the acid rockers and Laurel Canyon singer-songwriters with a hint of black magic.
“When people ask me what I do, I say I am a rock and roll singer.” Coming from Stevie Nicks, that is an understatement: the unmistakable timbre of her voice has dominated rock. While still a member of Fleetwood Mac, she shot to the top of the album charts with her solo debut Bella Donna (1981), netting her four hit singles including her signature anthem “Edge of Seventeen.” Two years later, Nicks was back with a solo record The Wild Heart in 1983 and another top-ten single in “Stand Back.”
Nicks brought velvet and chiffon into the leather-and-denim world of rock, infusing sounds she admired from the acid rockers and Laurel Canyon singer-songwriters with a hint of black magic. (The first band she joined with Lindsey Buckingham, Fritz, opened for her idols: Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jefferson Airplane.) A songwriter since her teens, Nicks is known for work that shifts from supernatural imagery in songs like “Sorcerer” to relatable, earthly concerns in songs like “After the Glitter Fades.”
Nicks has always thrived and shined on collaboration. She partnered on tracks with Don Henley, David Crosby, and Tom Petty and made records with top producers including Jimmy Iovine and David A. Stewart. Her voice has remained in demand even today: you can also hear her in a cameo on Lana Del Rey’s Lust for Life (2017). Bon Iver’s 22, A Million (2016) includes a sample from a viral video of Nicks rehearsing.
Nicks continually reaches new audiences not only through her extensive catalog, but also her unique brand of rock star iconography. Her signature rock and roll gypsy look including shawls, top hats, and fingerless gloves are pop culture mainstays: Jackie Factory in NYC, for example, has sponsored “Night of 1000 Stevies” fan celebrations for 28 years running. Nicks has also appeared, with both bewitching shawls and songs, on the television show American Horror Story: Coven. In testament to the power of her music, five decades in to her storied career Nicks still fills arenas
“Edge of Seventeen,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (With Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), “Leather and Lace” (with Don Henley), Bella Donna (1981) • “Stand Back,” “If Anyone Falls,” The Wild Heart (1983) • “Talk to Me,” “I Can’t Wait,” “Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You,” Rock a Little (1985) • “Room’s on Fire,” The Other Side of the Mirror (1989) • “Street Angel” (with David Crosby), Street Angel (1994) • “Sorcerer,” Trouble in Shangri-La (2001) • “Secret Love,” “Soldier’s Angel,” In Your Dreams (2011) • “Landslide” (with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault (2014)
Beginning October 9 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on December 9, 2018, fans can cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2019 inductees. Fans will need to login to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.