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

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