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

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