Stevie Nicks talks new album, tour, 'Twilight' and Reese Witherspoon
Stevie Nicks says she is working herself "to death" to bring new music to her fans with a record that she hopes will spread joy and awareness.
The 63-year-old veteran singer released her new album, "In Your Dreams," on May 3. It is her first solo record in 10 years and includes songs inspired by the 'Twilight' film saga, actress Reese Witherspoon and everyday occurrences in her life.
Nicks plans to perform songs from "In Your Dreams," her seventh studio album, during her tour of the United States which began on August 9 in Denver, Colorado.
"It's hard to sell records in this day and age, you know, unless you're Lady Gaga or unless you're in that youthful kind of dance performance artist thing, which is great, but then there's all the rest of us," Nicks told OnTheRedCarpet.com at a Los Angeles record signing event.
"I am just working myself to death to actually get this record out to the people," she added. "I've been doing press for months and months and months because I believe in this record so much. I feel like a car salesman, you know? I want people to hear it and it's really hard to get your message out."
Nicks jumped into the music scene when she was in high school, joining a string of bands that helped heighten her exposure to the industry. In the early 1970s, she and then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham went on to join a band that would make them household names - Fleetwood Mac. The group won a Grammy for the 1977 album, "Rumours."
Nicks went on to flourish in her solo career and in recent months, has appeared to make an effort to recruit a slew of new, younger fans.
In June, Nicks appeared on the hit NBC singing contest series "The Voice." She performed a duet of Fleetwood Mac's 1975 hit "Landslide" with contestant Javier Colon. He won the debut season. Nicks later made an appearance at Maroon 5's concert at the Hollywood Bowl in July, during which she performed a duet with frontman Adam Levine, one of four judges on "The Voice."
Nicks told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the finale of 'The Voice' that if she were starting her music career nowadays, she would most definitely participate in a reality talent show.
Speaking of which, music newcomer Michael Grimm, who won season 5 of the NBC series "America's Got Talent," in 2010, is accompanying Nicks on her tour.
Nicks also incorporates contemporary pop culture in her new album. One of the films in the "Twilight" series, one of the most popular franchises among children and teenagers, inspired not only one of her songs, but her entire record.
"I went to see the second movie in the 'Twilight Saga,' 'New Moon,' and it reminded me of something that I had experienced," Nicks told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a recent satellite interview. "We went to Brisbane the next day and there was a piano there. I sat down and wrote a song on the record called 'Moonlight (A Vampire's Dream)' and when I finished the song, I stood up and said to my assistant, 'I'm ready to make a record now.'"
Nicks also received some unintentional inspiration from Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon, star of the hit "Legally Blonde" films, which also initially drew a large teenage audience.
"We were all in the studio and [co-producer] Dave [Stewart] was on his way to Nashville for a week, and Reese simply offered her condo," Nicks told OnTheRedCarpet.com during the satellite interview.
"She said, 'If you wanted to stay in my condo, it's empty,' and I said, 'Well, Dave, that would be cheap,' and Reese said, 'Well what's cheaper than free?'" Nicks added. "And in that moment, we kind of looked at each other and said, 'Well, one of us is going to write a poem to it."
Stars from the "Twilight" franchise and Reese Witherspoon were honored at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards .
Nicks said "In Your Dreams" was largely a collaborative effort between herself, Stewart and Fleetwood Mac member Mick Fleetwood. The record, she said, took more than a year to complete.
"You know, it was really the best year of my life," Nicks told OnTheRedCarpet.com during the satellite interview. "When it was over, I really sat on my couch and cried going, 'I wonder if this will ever happen again, you know, if anything this special will ever happen to me again.' It was that kind of an experience."