When Wilson Phillips released their debut album in 1990, it heralded the emergence of a bright new pop sound, and one unique in its heritage. Sisters Carnie and Wendy Wilson are the daughters of The Beach Boys’ genius Brian Wilson, while Chynna Phillips is the daughter of The Mamas & The Papas’ John and Michelle Phillips. Together the gals produced a harmonic blend that did their parents proud while achieving their own chart-topping success.
Wilson Phillips sold over five million copies of its debut album, which was propelled by its gold singles “Hold On” and “Release Me,” which both reached No. 1, and “Impulsive,” which reached No. 4. A fourth single, “You’re In Love,” returned the group to the top early in 1991, and was followed, incredibly, by a fifth single, “The Dream Is Still Alive,” which peaked at No. 12.
Following their Adult Contemporary chart hit cover of “Daniel” from the 1991 tribute album Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin, their platinum 1992 Wilson Phillips follow-up Shadows And Light yielded three more pop hits in “You Won’t See Me Cry,” “Give It Up” and “Flesh & Blood.”
The threesome had quickly become the best-selling female group of all time (overtaking The Supremes); they had been nominated for five Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, and won a Billboard Music Award.