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Wilson Phillips was an American group made up of Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips. Although their success in the early 1990s was brief, they scored four Grammy Award nominations, two American Music Award nominations and a Billboard Music Award, they are also famous for being the offspring of prominent musicians; the Wilsons are the daughters of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, while Phillips’s parents are John Phillips and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas.

The Wilson sisters and Phillips were friends from childhood, growing up in southern California in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The three shared a love of music and songwriting, and developed their own style of vocal harmonies. In 1989, producer Glen Ballard and SBK Records signed the trio to a record deal.

Wilson Phillips released their debut album Wilson Phillips in 1990. They shot to fame with their debut single, the # 1 hit “Hold On”. The album was a hit, producing three number one singles and selling 10 million copies worldwide.

They released their follow-up album Shadows and Light in 1992. It was much less successful, producing no top ten singles and selling one million copies. Shortly after, the group decided to split up.

During the next decade, the group went their separate ways. Chynna Phillips released a solo album, “Naked and Sacred” in 1995, while the Wilson sisters released a Christmas album in 1993 and an album “The Wilsons” in 1997. Carnie also went on to host her own television talk show, while Phillips married actor William Baldwin.


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