Grace Slick Birthday & Fun Facts

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Aashita Dhingra
Jan 31, 2024 By Aashita Dhingra
Originally Published on May 06, 2022
Grace Slick is a former American singer-songwriter whose professional life was a musical inspiration to many. Find out more details, including Grace Slick's birthday, net worth, and more.
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About Grace Slick

Grace Slick is an American rock female vocalist, musician, model, and visual art painter.
Grace Slick is a classic rock legend singer-songwriter who spent over two decades as the lead vocalist of rock bands from the '60s. Grace also had a successful career as a solo artist.
She revolutionized the role of women in the modern American music business and was one of the first few lady rock stars in a world dominated by male performers. The talented lady is a superb painter as well as a brilliant composer. She is most renowned in rock and roll history because of her role in the developing psychedelic rock music scene in San Francisco during the mid-1960s. She had a fabulous career in the music industry. 

Grace Slick's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Grace Slick's net worth?

Grace Slick's net worth is estimated to be about $20 million.

How much does Grace Slick earn per year?

Details about her annual income are not available.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Grace Slick?

Grace Slick is 5 in 7 ft (170 cm) tall.

How old is Grace Slick?

Born on October 30, 1939, Grace Slick is 82 years old as of May 2022.

Childhood And Education

Grace Barnett Wing was born on October 30, 1939, in Illinois, to British-born Ivan Wilford Wing and Virginia Wing in Highland Park. Chris, her younger brother, was born in 1949. Her father was an investment banker for Weeden & Company. Wing studied at Palo Alto Senior High School before transferring to Castilleja School, a private all-girls school. She went on to Finch College in New York City and the University of Miami in the city of Coral Gables after graduation.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Grace Slick's partner?

Grace Wing married Gerald Jerry Slick, a director, on August 26, 1961, and divorced him in 1971. At that time, Jerry Slick finished his studies at the San Francisco State University of Miami and started writing music. She later married lighting designer Skip Johnson in 1976. Jefferson Airplane guitarist Paul Kantner was her love though she married two others. The duo had a daughter China Wing Kantner who is also a famous actress.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Grace Slick is best known in the American music industry for her performances with Jefferson Airplane and their subsequent bands, Jefferson Starship and Starship.
Slick came upon an article about the freshly established Jefferson Airplane in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1965. As a result, Slick founded The Great Society with her husband Jerry Slick, Jerry's brother Darby Slick, and David Miner on bass guitar. The band's first performance was at the Coffee Gallery, where Slick, as a singer-songwriter, composed the hallucinogenic composition' 'White Rabbit'. The song very soon became an instant hit with the band's fans. Despite being an equal performer to the band's original songs, Jerry Slick steered The Great Society to be a raga-influenced psychedelia act. Grace and Jerry Slick became a big draw in the Bay Area by late 1965.
When former Jefferson Airplane singer-songwriter Signe Toly Anderson departed the band in 1966, Jack Casady approached Slick and urged him to join the band. Slick says that she accepted the Airplane proposal because it was administered professionally, unlike with the Great Society. Jefferson Airplane started recording new tunes with Slick on the platform, moving away from their previous folk-rock style and toward a more hallucinogenic direction. 'Surrealistic Pillow' featured new versions of 'White Rabbit' and 'Somebody To Love,' which both charted in the top ten. The Jefferson Airplane were among the most famous brands in the industry, and Slick was one of the well-known rock musicians of their time.
Slick founded Jefferson Starship alongside Paul Kantner and some other bandmates. When Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen left Jefferson Airplane to concentrate on their endeavor 'Hot Tuna' they began a series of solo albums including 'Manhole', followed by 'Dreams', 'Welcome To The Wrecking Ball!', and 'Software'. 'Hyperdrive' and 'Play On Love' were among the earliest Jefferson Starship tracks written by Sears and Slick together. Dreams, which itself was produced by Ron Frangipane and had been nominated for the Grammy Award, is her finest personal solo album.
While Slick was the only remaining singer-songwriter of Jefferson Airplane in Starship throughout the ’80s, the band had three top hits with 'Sara', 'We Built This City', and 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now'. In 1987, Slick co-hosted 'The Legendary Ladies of Rock & Roll'. She delivered backup vocals on 'Be My Baby' and 'Da Doo Ron Ron' for the show. She quit Jefferson Starship in 1988, not long after 'No Protection' was released.
Slick, with her previous band Jefferson Airplane, revived the group in 1989. Before disbanding, they issued a soul reunion album and embarked on a fantastic tour.
Slick left the music industry after the reunification of Jefferson Airplane. Following her retirement, Slick had performed with Kantner's reformed Jefferson Starship when the band performed at the House of Blues in the city of Los Angeles, as chronicled on the live compilation Deep Space/Virgin Sky.
Slick started to paint and draw after quitting music. The former singer has covered a variety of artists from the 1960s, including Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, and others. Before switching to music, Slick had an interest in painting even when she was a child. She began exhibiting and selling her paintings in the year 2000. Grace travels all across the United States to see her art displays. She has stayed away from the music industry, yet she did appear on 'Knock Me Out', a track from 4 Non-Blondes singer and acquaintance of daughter China, Linda Perry, released in 1996. The track was also featured in the short film 'The Crow: City Of Angels' soundtrack.
Grace Slick's autobiographical, with the title 'Somebody To Love? A Rock And Roll Memoir' was written and published in 1998. Later, she voiced an annotated version as an audiobook. 'Grace Slick, The Biography', written by Barbara Rowes, was published in 1980 and is now out of print.
In a 2001 story for USA Today, Grace Slick stated, “I'm in good health, and people are curious as to what I'm doing to stay that way... the idea is that I'm a vegan.” She did, however, admit that she wasn't strictly vegan as she was a secular humanist and that she would sometimes eat a large chocolate cake made with butter and eggs sometimes.
Grace Slick was diagnosed with diverticulitis in 2006. She experienced a setback after the initial treatment, necessitating another surgery as well as a tracheotomy. She was put into intensive care for two months before having to learn to walk. However, Slick delivered a speech at the newly launched Virgin America airline, which called its first flight Jefferson Airplane, in the same year.
In her autobiography, several talks, as well as several authorized celeb addiction and recovery books, she addressed and spoke about her rehabilitation struggles. Dennis Wholey's 'The Courage To Change' and Gary Stromberg and Jane Merrill's 'The Harder They Fall' were published memoirs. At least twice in her lifetime, once in the ’70s while at the Duffy's in Napa Valley and again in the ’90s with her daughter China, she was committed to a rehabilitation clinic. Grace Slick has made infrequent performances and has appeared on a few talk shows in recent years. 

Charity Work

Slick and vocalist Michelle Mangione co-wrote 'Edge Of Madness' in 2010 to raise funds for cleanup operations after the BP oil spill. Grace lent her voice for background vocals for the track and can be heard singing in the middle of it. Grace Slick certified the song 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now' for use in a television advertisement for Chick-fil-A in 2017. However, since she disagreed with Chick-fil-A's views on same-sex marriages, she donated the entire proceeds to Lambda Legal, an agency that works to promote the human rights of the LGBTQ+ community and those diagnosed with HIV.

What awards has Grace Slick won?

In 2016, she made an appearance at the Grammy Awards for Lifetime Achievement awards.

Grace Slick's Hobbies And Interests

Slick started drawing and painting after retirement. Following a house fire, divorce, as well as breakups, she drew primarily to entertain herself. Her agency spotted her artwork and requested that she paint portraits of a few of her rock-and-roll peers for inclusion in the memoirs. At first, Grace was hesitant (since she didn't know what she was getting herself into) but ultimately agreed because she liked it and colored portraits of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jerry Garcia, which appeared in the finished memoirs. All through the book, there is an Alice in Wonderland-themed artwork and numerous other sketches. The cover art for Hot Tuna's 1998 record 'The Best Of Hot Tuna' featured her drawings of Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady.

Other Interesting Grace Slick's Facts And Trivia

  • In 1999, she was voted 20th on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll.
  • As a singer of Jefferson Airplane, she was voted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
  • Slick was detained at least four times for TUI.
  • Born on October 30, 1939, Grace Slick's zodiac sign is Scorpio.
  • David Crosby nicknamed Slick 'The Chrome Nun', and Kantner was nicknamed 'Baron von Tollbooth'.
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Grace Slick Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Grace Barnett Wing

Date of Birth

1939-10-30

Nationality

American

Place of Birth

HighLand Park

Age

Height

170 cm

Eye Color

Blue

Child Star?

No

Occupation

Singer, Songwriter

Education

Palo Alto Senior High School

Net Worth

20000000

Partner

Paul Kantner

Parents

Ivan Wilford Wing, Virginia Wing

Siblings

Chris
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