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

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