The Two Female Singers Stevie Nicks Tried To Be Like

Stevie Nicks has been in the music scene for over 50 years by contributing to many successful songs and albums. Her passion for music began by singing and writing songs by herself at a very young age and persisted when she had her first guitar while a teenager. Young Nicks started to form her first steps of her career in her musical fantasy world with the songs she listened to and wrote.

The singer initially appeared in a folk rock band before meeting her future musical and romantic partner Lindsey Buckingham. Throughout this process, she sought after her unique style by integrating her creativity with the outcomes of other thriving artists. Many recognized male rockers were in the scene at that period; however, Nicks wanted the female musicians’ mark on her as a passionate female vocalist. Over time, she made up her mind to be as influential as Janis Joplin and Grace Slick.

Grace Slick And Janis Joplin Were Stevie Nicks’ Idols

Throughout history, changing the perception of the rock music scene as male-oriented has been a fundamental issue for female musicians. Many female rockers who have proved that there is no obstacle for women to stand out in this industry with their deep commitment and talent left lasting effects and became a strength for the next generations.

Janis Joplin, with her mezzo soprano vocals and unique stage appearance, and Jefferson Airplane‘s Grace Slick as one of the representatives of psychedelic music, were two of these names. So much so that their successful stance in the rock scene has inspired women who have given their hearts to this genre. Stevie Nicks once revealed that she wanted to be like the two, talking to Off The Record.

The vocalist stated that she initially decided to be inspired by the male rockers as there were not enough female ones in the earlier years. Nicks noted that Joplin was the last, and Slick was another influential female musician who was still alive. Fleetwood Mac singer stressed that she adored the creations of these two female rockers and wanted to be like them in the rock scene.

Nicks furthermore pointed out that she had a strong connection with country music and believed she could make country throughout her life. She settled on making rock as long as she had the strength to persist in it and later could make a switch to the country ‘gracefully’ when she felt the right time came.

Stevie Nicks said the following about her earlier years:

“I was going to keep up with the rock stars of the world that were men because there weren’t very many women once. Janis was really the last, and Grace is still alive, so. But music, Grace Slick and Janis Joplin were the ones that I loved. I wanted to be like them. And I knew from a little girl that I could do country my whole life. So I knew if I wanted to rock, I could rock now until I’m too tired to rock, and then I could slip gracefully into the country.”

Nicks has not lost faith in herself and continues to create her works passionately, holding her head high as a female rock musician. So much so that she and her Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie promised each other in the past that they would do their best to make women stand out in the rock scene. As a matter of fact, she has succeeded in her goal. She has become an influence on the new generation of female musicians from various genres, such as Lorde, by initially aiming to be like Janis Joplin and Grace Slick.