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

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