Stephanie Lynn Nicks was born on May 26, 1948 to Jess and Barbara Nicks in Phoenix, Arizona. Stevie's mother instilled in her a love of fairy tales, fantasy, and magic. Her grandfather, Aaron Jess Nicks, taught her to sing when she was four years old. He was a frustrated, unsuccessful country singer who wanted Stevie to follow in his footsteps and become a country singer herself.
she was young Stevie moved with her family from Los Angeles to San
Francisco. Stevie received her first guitar at the age of 16, and she
began writing songs. Her first song was “I've Loved and I've Lost”.
The first band she was in was called “The Changing Times”. She met
Lindsey Buckingham during her senior year of High School. They joined a
band called Fritz with friends Javier Pacheco and Calvin Roper Upon.
Stevie attended San Jose State University after she graduated. Since the
other members of Fritz were still in High School, Stevie had to commute
back and forth almost every night in order to make the rehearsals and
1968, Fritz began their professional career in the Bay area, opening for
acts such as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and CCR. Watching Janis perform
inspired and influenced Stevie. She even began buying clothes at the
same store Janis bought them, The Velvet Underground.
Fritz's manager kept trying unsuccessfully to get them a record deal,
the male members of the group were beginning to feel a little uneasy
with all the attention that Stevie was receiving. Many people hired the
band because of the “little blondish-brown-haired girl”. Because she
was the only girl, Stevie felt like the other members of the band never
took her seriously.
|In 1974 (3 months later), she and Lindsey received a phone call from Mick Fleetwood, asking them to join Fleetwood Mac. Despite being poor, Stevie still had to think about it. She went out and bought all of their albums and listened to them, front to back. She decided that she and Lindsey would be able to add something to the band, and the band would definitely add something to their career, so they decided to go for it. The band then consisted of Mick, Christine and John McVie (who were married at the time), Stevie and Lindsey.|
first album, Fleetwood Mac, took only six months to complete. Stevie's
song, "Rhiannon", which was about the mythical welsh witch,
became a huge hit. Her lyrics were mystical and captivating. She
immediately took on a witchy and magical persona with an enchanting
stage presence. Stevie's songs were a big part of Fleetwood Mac's
was the band's second album, and it was released in 1977. By then,
Stevie and Lindsey's relationship, along with Christine and John's
marriage, had come to an end. However, like John and Christine McVie,
neither one wanted to leave Fleetwood Mac. Instead, they wrote songs
about their feelings toward each other. Stevie's song,
"Dreams", was about Lindsey's and her break-up, and it became
the band's first number one hit in the US. Stevie's song “Silver
Springs” was left off the album because it was too long, and it never
received the attention it deserved. Stevie was very upset about it, but
she was at least partly happy that her song “I Don’t' Want to
Know” would replace it, which was her second choice. The Rumours album
hit number one on the US charts and stayed there for 31 consecutive
weeks. It eventually would become the 3rd best selling album of
all-time, selling nearly 30 million copies worldwide. By the time the
band made their next album, Tusk, the band members were barely speaking.
Tusk was released as a two-disc album. The album was supposed to be the
next “Rumours” but it was produced in a completely different style
and the songs were very different. Although it sold 5 million copies,
the band was not impressed with its success.
was around this time that Stevie wanted to begin a solo career. She felt
that her music was being neglected, with only 3 or 4 songs per album.
She needed a bigger outlet for her music so she wouldn't feel as if she
were writing for nothing. She landed a record deal with producer Paul
Fishken and he created the Modern Records label just for her solo work.
He believed that she would become a star.
first album, Bella Donna, was a huge success. Rolling Stone magazine
crowned her the queen of rock and roll. She had a tour that could have
gone on for months, but she cut it short to record Mirage with Fleetwood
Mac. Bella Donna hit number one on the charts, became multi-platinum,
and had four top 40 hits. However, the day it hit number one, she
received devastating news from her best friend Robin. She was diagnosed
with terminal leukemia and was only given an estimated 3-4 months to
live. Around this time, Robin found out that she was three months
pregnant. She was determined to live long enough to save her baby, even
though she was told that she could live longer if the baby was aborted.
Matthew Anderson was delivered premature, and Robin died a few days
later. This experience was extremely painful for Stevie. Not knowing
what to do, she and Kim Anderson (Robin's husband) married in order to
get over their grief. However, the marriage lasted only three months,
and Kim and Stevie did not speak after that. It was around this time
that the Wild Heart album was released. The record went multi-platinum
and was a very successful follow-up to Bella Donna.
this time, Stevie received more devastating news, but this time it
concerned her health. In the 70's Stevie began using cocaine and had
become addicted. She went to a doctor and he told her that she could
have a brain hemorrhage at any time. This scared her, and she
immediately sought help at the Betty Ford Clinic. She was given a
prescription medicine called Klonopin that would help her rid herself of
this time Stevie recorded Rock a Little, her third solo album. While it
was not as successful as the previous two albums, she still went on tour
to promote the record. She then recorded Tango in the Night with
Fleetwood Mac. It was after this album was released that Lindsey dropped
out of the band. Stevie again went on tour to support the album, with
new members Rick Vito and Billy Burnette. Her next solo album, The Other
Side of the Mirror, was recorded in an old abandoned building. Stevie
describes this as her “magic album”.
1990, Stevie left Fleetwood Mac for good. She was in the midst of
producing a greatest hits album called Timespace. Mick Fleetwood
wouldn't give her the rights to her song Silver Springs to use on the
album, so she decided to leave the band. Timespace became a platinum
album, but it had sold half as many copies as the previous albums. And
her Street Angel album, which was recorded next, only turned gold.
Stevie had become addicted to Klonopin, and it wore all of the energy
out of her. She even slipped and fell during a couple of concerts. She
decided she needed to be cured of her long-time drug addictions.
months of therapy, Stevie was finally drug free. However, the drugs had
caused her to gain weight. At the heaviest, she weighed 170 lbs (she's
only 5'1"). The critics concentrated so much on her size rather
than her music, that Stevie eventually stopped touring. For three years,
she would not be seen by the public eye. Some say that she was getting
to know herself. In these three years, she wrote several songs and
managed to lose 30-40 lbs. Her life seemed to get better.
in 1997, Fleetwood Mac surprised their fans by reuniting for a concert
tour. They released a new album, The Dance, and it became very popular
with old fans and new ones. Two of Stevie's songs were released as
singles, Landslide, and Silver Springs.
early '98, Stevie began a project for a boxed set, which she titled
“The Enchanted Works of Stevie Nicks”. It’s a three CD set that
contains a 64-page photo booklet. To her, it was more intense than
putting together an album of all new material. She began her tour for
this album two days after her 50th birthday. Trouble in
Shangri-La was released on May 1st, 2001. The album features
guest vocals from Lindsey Buckingham, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Macy
Gray and Natalie Maines (The Dixie Chicks).