In part 10 of my ongoing series on Sew What? clients in the recording industry, I focus on Stevie Nicks. Stevie has had a long and legendary career, both as a solo artist and as a member of Fleetwood Mac. As a matter of fact, she is currently on tour as a solo artist.
Stephanie “Stevie” Nicks was born in 1948 in Phoenix, AZ, and raised in a variety of cities in the Western United States. She first began singing at age four, singing duets along with her grandfather, and by the time she was a teenager, she had written her first song and was a member of a band.
Stevie and Lindsey Buckingham first met while Stevie was a senior in high school, but it was a few years later that Lindsey asked Stevie to join in the band “Fritz.” Stevie and Buckingham became romantically involved, and the two formed the duo “Buckingham Nicks” after Fritz disbanded in 1972. Buckingham Nicks, unfortunately, struggled to find an audience, and sales of their first album were lackluster, causing Polydor Records to drop them from the label.
In late 1974, Stevie and Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac. Though Stevie and Buckingham ended their romantic relationship not long after joining Fleetwood Mac, both remained with the band. Stevie contributed both vocals and songwriting to Fleetwood Mac, with her songwriting contributions including the hit song Dreams, from the album “Rumours.”
In 1981, Stevie began pursuing a solo career in addition to her work with Fleetwood Mac (though she remained with the band). Her first solo album, Bella Donna, released in 1981, hit # 1 on Billboard and went on to sell 8 million copies, and she has followed it up with an additional six solo albums since. In 1990, after a dispute with Mick Fleetwood, Stevie left the band, and focused entirely on her solo career (though she did reunite with the band from time to time for special events, including the Clinton Inauguration).
In 1997, Stevie rejoined Fleetwood Mac at the instigation of Lindsey Buckingham (who had left Fleetwood Mac in 1987), and since then she has again combined solo work with band work. She has toured in recent years with the Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist. Her 2011 U.S. tour ended in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago, with plans to tour Australia shortly.
Sew What? is proud to have a long relationship with both Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac and to have provided custom stage curtains to both throughout the years.