Stevie Nicks, the legendary singer and songwriter of Fleetwood Mac fame during the 1970s and 1980s, now provides a fix for her fans on NBC’s ‘The Voice. The popular television program got its start in Holland and is a global sensation, showing in North America, New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom and the Philippines, among other countries. With nearly 16 million viewers, Season 7 of the American reality television singing competition will air beginning September 22.
The intent behind The Voice is to find new talent in aspiring singers, age 15 and over. Initially, the singers participate in a “blind audition.” On the program, the strongest singers in the U.S. compete in front of a panel of four celebrity judges, who critique the artists’ performances. The judges’ chairs are faced towards the audience, and when they like what they hear, they push a button and turn their chair toward the artist.
Each judge has a team of selected singers, whom they mentor during the season. At the conclusion of their blind audition, the artists select their coach from the four judges. The judges then compete with one another to create a winning team.
Throughout the season, artists from the same team are paired to perform in a singing competition against one another, and then the winners are chosen by their advisers. In another phase of the competition, artists perform live in weekly shows. Viewers assist the judges by voting through online votes, toll-free phone calls, text messages and by purchasing studio versions of single songs through iTunes.
In the final round, the outcome is decided completely by public vote of the viewers. Those contestants who earn the lowest number of votes are eliminated. Annual winners are awarded $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Music Group.
In the upcoming season, the coaches will be international superstar Adam Levine (of Maroon 5), Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani. The upcoming season will include Nicks as a celebrity advisor on Adam Levine’s team. The addition of Stevie Nicks on The Voice provides a fix for fans who are expected to tune in worldwide.
Stevie Nick’s own singing career was catapulted in 1975 when, after signing with Fleetwood Mac, she became an overnight sensation. The group endures as one of the world’s most prevailing bands. Fleetwood Mac sold over 100 million albums, with memorable, mystical, and romantic songs, such as Rhiannon and Landslide.
Fleetwood Mac underwent emotional turmoil as group members connected and split romantically, but continued to record together, and had a record-setting hit with the album Rumors in 1977. The song Dreams on that album became the band’s first No. 1 single. (Video below)
In the 1980s Nicks went on to release solo albums. Perhaps one of the most memorable songs was Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around. (Video below)
For 10 years Stevie Nicks was addicted to cocaine, and shared the expensive drug with friends, as well. In 1986, she went into rehabilitation and was coming clean until she received strong advice to seek psychiatric assistance. It was in this venue that she was put on the tranquilizer Klonopin at a protracted high dosage, which for eight years took her motivation and put her career at a standstill until she was able to detox from that drug, as well, in 1993.
After 10 years of absence from the music scene, Fleetwood Mac reunited in 1997. In 1998 they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Forty years after Stevie Nicks and the band Fleetwood Mac initially rose to fame, Nicks continues to perform. In May of this year she was on stage in a benefit for Linda Ronstadt at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The same month, she was honored as a Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) Icon at the 62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards in California. These events coincided with her 66th birthday.
On an exciting note for fans, the reunited Fleetwood Mac will be touring this year in 33 cities across North America. The “On With the Show” tour begins at the end of September. One of the group’s members, Christine McVie, will rejoin the group after a long hiatus. Due to overwhelming demand, the group has added additional dates in several major cities. This, in addition to Stevie Nicks’ new role on The Voice, provides a fix for fans who have longed to hear and see her live on stage once again.
Stevie Nicks sings her hit single Dreams with Fleetwood Mac (1977):
Stevie Nicks sings Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around with Tom Petty (1981):
By Fern Remedi-Brown