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

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