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Wilson Phillips

Wilson Phillips first appeared in 1990 flaunting a harmony-rich sound that helped send three singles from their first album -- "Hold On," "Release Me," and "You're in Love" -- to the top of the Billboard charts. Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson, and Chynna Phillips comprised the vocal trio, whose sudden success was matched by an equally impressive pedigree. The two Wilson sisters had grown up in California with their father, Beach Boy bandleader Brian Wilson, and often made appearances on his albums throughout their childhood. Chynna's parents, meanwhile, were John and Michelle Phillips (of seminal folk-rock band the Mamas & the Papas). Despite growing up alongside such icons, the girls first pursued separate careers in acting and modeling, only turning to music when Chynna (having been influenced by Band Aid and Farm Aid) suggested they make a charity record with other children of famous musicians. The project fell through, but it also brought the three girls together again, forming Wilson Phillips in the process. From the outset, Wilson Phillips used their connections to partner with important figures in the music business, including producer Richard Perry (who guided the singers through their early years together) and songwriter Glen Ballard (who co-wrote most of their hits). Given their talent and networking skills, the girls signed a contract with SBK Records in 1989 and released their self-titled debut album one year later. Wilson Phillips' mix of adult contemporary ballads and midtempo pop/rock drew some criticism for its supposedly syrupy content, but the album became a Grammy-nominated smash regardless. Three tracks were number one singles; two others, "Impulsive" and "The Dream Is Still Alive," peaked at numbers four and 12, respectively. Unfortunately, Wilson Phillips' time in the spotlight was short-lived. Their sophomore album, 1992's Shadows & Light, went platinum but quickly faded from the charts, failing to produce any Top Ten hits. Perhaps sensing an inevitable decline, Chynna Phillips announced plans for a solo career, and Wilson Phillips broke up the following year. The members pursued various interests throughout the following decade; Phillips issued her solo debut, Naked and Sacred, in 1995; the Wilson sisters partnered with their father on several projects; and Carnie hosted her own talk show. In 2003, the musicians reunited to record California, a summery covers album that found Wilson Phillips putting their own stamp on songs by the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. The record was released in May 2004 to a modest American reception, yet it fared surprisingly well in New Zealand, where the trio's cover of "Go Your Own Way" topped the adult contemporary charts. Wilson Phillips reunited again in 2008 for a pair of live performances in California. A holiday-themed album, Christmas in Harmony, featuring production from longtime friend Glen Ballard, followed in 2010. To celebrate their 20th anniversary as a recording act, Wilson Phillips finally fully acknowledged its legacy by putting out Dedicated, an album devoted entirely to songs made famous by the Beach Boys and the Mamas & the Papas in 2012. ~ Andrew Leahey & Steve Leggett
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Stations Featuring
Wilson Phillips

    '90s Pop

    '90s Pop
    3 songs

    Love Songs

    Love Songs
    2 songs

    Oldies Holiday

    Oldies Holiday
    1 song

Albums by
Wilson Phillips

Top Songs by
Wilson Phillips

  1.   Song
  2.   Hold On
  3.   Release Me
  4.   You're in Love
  5.   Silent Night
  6.   Hotel California
  7.   I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
  8.   Impulsive
  9.   Over and Over
  10.   Next to You (Someday I'll Be)
  11.   The Dream Is Still Alive
  12.   Get Together
  13.   Daniel
  14.   God Only Knows
  15.   Fun, Fun, Fun
  16.   Do it Again
  17.   Don't Worry Baby
  18.   Joy
  19.   Winter Wonderland
  20.   When a Child Is Born
  21.   The Christmas Song
  22.   Silver Bells
  23.   Our Prayer
  24.   Little Drummer Boy
  25.   Christmastime
  26.   Dance Dance Dance
  27.   Monday Monday
  28.   Go Your Own Way
  29.   Already Gone
  30.   California
  31.   Don't Take Me Down
  32.   A Conversation with Wilson Phillips
  33.   Flesh and Blood
  34.   This Doesn't Have to Be Love
  35.   You Won't See Me Cry
  36.   Give It Up
  37.   All the Way from New York
  38.   Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)
  39.   Goodbye Carmen
  40.   Warm Lovin' Christmastime
  41.   Twelve-Thirty
  42.   Got a Feelin'
  43.   I Hear You
  44.   Good Vibrations
  45.   I Can Hear Music
  46.   Doctor My Eyes
  47.   Old Man
  48.   Alone
  49.   Fueled for Houston
  50.   A Reason to Believe
  51.   Dedicated to the One I Love by Owen Elliot-Kugell
  52.   Wouldn't it Be Nice
  53.   In My Room
  54.   You're No Good
  55.   Eyes Like Twins
  56.   Sleigh Ride
  57.   It's Only Life
  58.   California Dreamin'
  59.   Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  60.   Ooh You're Gold
  61.   Where Are You?

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