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

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