Julia Lawrence performed for many years in “Mirage”--the successful Chicago based tribute to Heart and Fleetwood Mac--playing the musical role of both Stevie Nicks and
Nancy Wilson sharing the stage with several world-known rock bands--the first being Cheap Trick. She relocated out to Las Vegas & formed 3 national tribute shows:
Fleetwood Nicks, Heart Alive, & the Women of Rock Show. Both Fleetwood Nicks & Heart Alive were nominated multiple years for Best Tribute Show in the country with
Heart Alive taking the win in 2011. Her tribute shows have performed at notable venues around the country and in Las Vegas, including being chosen one of 12 bands
in the country to perform New Years Eve at the Fremont Street Experience “TributePalooza.” Julia relocated back to IL in 2019, performing the vocal lead of
Stevie Nicks in “Gold Dust Dreams,” a tribute to Fleetwood Mac.
Julia is also an original musician and songwriter having released 2 original albums “Surrounding Sara” (alternative rock), and “Love Survive” Christian Contemporary Rock album which can be heard on LoveSurvive.Bandcamp.com. Love Survive’s music also helps support the fight against child trafficking Child Rescue Coalition.
Karen Hart's first performance was at the Rosemont Horizon and she has been ROCKIN' ever since. Karen has performed with Cheap Dates,
Battlefield (a Pat Benatar tribute band), portrayed Linda McCartney in Band on the Run (a Paul McCartney Tribute band) and portrayed Nancy Wilson in Heart to Heartbreaker (a Heart and Pat Benatar
tribute band). Karen started her own band, the Karen Hart Band , performing at large festivals such as; The Taste of Chicago, Schaumburg Septemberfest, Bolingbrook Jubilee, Northlake Days, Naperville Last Fling, Carol Stream Fest, Woodridge Jubilee, Frankfort Fall Fest,
Batavia Windmill City Fest, Bartlett 4th of July Fest, Plainfield Fest, Bloomingdale Septemberfest, Taste of Polonia, Cantigny, Taste of Lombard, Monee Fall Faire,
Lisle Eyes to the Skies, Winfield Good Old Days, West Chicago Railroad Days, Berwyn Centennial Festival, Long Grove Festivals, Somonauk Summerfest, and Worth Days to name a few.
Recently, Karen has been performing a tribute to The Pretenders Karen Hart Band Pretending .
Karen has shared the stage with national acts such as the Gin Blossims, the Smithereens, Dennis DeYoung, the Ides of March, Davy Jones and the New Colony Six. Karen Hart's high-energy and powerful vocals leave no doubt she can ROCK like few others. Her love of music is evident in her performance and watching the fun she has on stage, you can't help but join in on it.
Stevie Nicks is always surprising us with her musical collaborations. From Tom Petty to Don Henley to Sheryl Crow and many more highly acclaimed musicians. Her highly anticipated 24 Karat Gold Tour began with another surprise artist joining her on stage in her hometown of Phoenix AZ. During the early half of her show, she brought out her longtime friend Chrissie Hynde to help her sing “Stop Draggin' My Heart Around”. The crowd went wild as Chrissie took the Tom Petty vocal lead to another level that left the audience wanting more. Needless to say, the two ladies wanted more too—so they decided to hit the road together and tour across North America.
As a member of Fleetwood Mac, Stevie has performed around the world to sold out shows for decades, as well as winning the Grammy for their Rumours album. The magic didn't stop with Fleetwood Mac's success as Nick's solo career proved to be just as strong. She has released multi-platinum albums, as well as being dubbed the “queen of rock and roll” by Rolling Stone Magazine, with 6 top 10 albums and 8 Grammy nominations. Her crowning validation as a rock and roll icon was apparent when she became the first woman to be inducted twice into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With Fleetwood Mac in 1998 and again in 2019 for her solo work.
Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders was raised in Ohio in the 60's where she developed a rebel taste for rock music. Hynde formed The Pretenders in the late 70's in London at a time when it was unusual for a woman to play guitar and lead a hard rock and roll band. The band put out a string of hit records and Chrissie became a symbol of female power. The Pretenders blend of punk, new wave and top 40 pop with hits such as Back on the Chain Gang, Don't Get Me Wrong, I'll Stand by You and of course their 1979 rock anthem “Brass in Pocket” put the band on the rock and roll map as one of the most recognized in rock music history. The Pretenders have sold over 25 million albums and lead singer and founder Chrissie is one of the most respected songwriters in the business. Chrissie also released a memoir in 2015 “Reckless: My Life as a Pretender.”
Chrissie Hynde and Stevie Nicks couldn't be more different. But together, they are a dynamic team that have proven that opposites really do attract. Taking into consideration their incredible music careers as fronting two of the most beloved rock bands in history--they have shown the world that two ladies in their 60's can still rock just as hard as anyone.