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Ann Boleyn is a recording artist and performer from the United States. Arguably she is responsible for coining the term speed metal. She also is credited for developing the careers of many international recording artists through New Renaissance Records, the record label she founded.

Interview With Ann Boleyn of Hellion  
By Londa R. Marks | Metal Music
Published By Tempi-Dispari, Rome, Italy and

Rock Legend News Firenze, Italy

Ann Boleyn vocalist and founder of metal band, HELLION. Ann Boleyn is a recording artist and performer from the United States. She is also credited for developing the careers of many international recording artists through New Renaissance Records, the record label she founded.

Rock Legend News: Ann, can you tell us what was your approach to music has been. Was there someone in particular who influenced you?

Ann Boleyn: My approach to music is to always do the best I can, and not to make excuses when things go wrong. I do not like it when people make excuses about their music.

I have had the privilege of working with so many people over the years that it is hard to name just one person. I like to think that I learn something from everybody I work with. Right now I am working with Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Greg Smith, Maxxxwell Carlisle, and Gerog Dolivo, who are in the new line-up. I am learning from all of them.

Rock Legend News: Between 1981 and 1982 you founded Metal band Hellion. What are some of your favorite memories of those days?

Ann Boleyn: One of my favorite memories of the early days was when Hellion traveled to England for our first time to at the London Marquee. It was such an exciting time. Bands like Metallica, Exodus, Mercyful Fate, and others were just getting started. We made a lot of friends and some of those friendships have continued for many years.

Rock Legend News: In 1984, Ronnie James Dio offered to produce Hellion. During the same time, Dio's wife Wendy with Niji Management, began managing the band. Do you feel that this helped escalate the band to success or what were the lessons learned from this extraordinary collaboration?

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