In celebration of their 20th year as recording artists, Wilson Phillips (website, Facebook, Twitter) releases “Dedicated” (pre-order via Amazon or Wilson Phillips online store) the album that the groundbreaking female vocal trio was always destined to make. The 11-song set, to be released by Sony Masterworks on April 3, 2012, is a long-anticipated tribute to the legendary groups – The Beach Boys and The Mamas & The Papas.
The collection is made up entirely of classic songs by Brian Wilson’s Beach Boys, father of Wendy and Carnie Wilson; and of John and Michelle Phillips’ Mamas & The Papas, parents of Chynna Phillips. As the title indicates, it includes the iconic track “Dedicated To The One I Love”, the latter group’s 1967 hit, along with other Mamas & The Papas landmark singles like “California Dreamin’,” “Monday Monday,” “Twelve-Thirty” and “Got A Feeling.” From The Beach Boys catalog are equally artful Wilson Phillips interpretations of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “In My Room” and “Good Vibrations.”
“It really is the perfect time to do this album,” says Carnie Wilson. “These songs are beloved classics for all time and they make so many people happy. It’s an homage to the music, and we dedicated it to the groups that created it.”
The group is now back in the spotlight following its memorable performance of “Hold On” in the blockbuster film “Bridesmaids.” Chynna has since shown herself as a skilled dancer and endearing competitor on ABC’s hit show, “Dancing with the Stars.” Carnie, meanwhile, has hosted “Karaoke Battle USA” and appeared on “Celebrity Wife Swap.”
Dedicated was produced by Carnie’s husband Rob Bonfiglio, with reverence for the original recordings, but from a contemporary standpoint. “The basic arrangements and rhythms are really true,” says Carnie, “but vocally we’ve added some new twists and tag endings. Specifically, on The Beach Boys songs, which were all male voices, it’s really cool that they’re coming from women: Chynna’s vocal on ‘Don’t Worry Baby’ and Wendy’s on ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ are really sweet and endearing and work beautifully. On ‘Good Vibrations,’ we did all this stuff a cappella! Even the instrumental parts, like emulating the theremin, which I did.”
As for the Mamas & The Papas’ tunes, Carnie notes that “the haunting “Got A Feeling” came out particularly great;” another standout, “Twelve-thirty,” was “made for Wilson Phillips! It’s always been a bit under the radar, and I think we’ll bring new attention to it.”
Wilson Phillips fans have been dreaming for an album like “Dedicated” since the group topped the charts in 1990 with their debut hit “Hold On.” Two more chart-toppers, “Release Me” and “You’re In Love” followed, further establishing the threesome as a harmony vocal group worthy of its parentage.
To celebrate the debut of their much-anticipated new album, Wilson Phillips is scheduled to make a special live appearance on leading multimedia retailer QVC Tuesday, March 20 at 7 AM (ET) and 10 PM (ET). During the broadcasts, the trio will not only perform a selection of songs from “Dedicated” but will also share the inspirations and personal stories behind the CD. Fans will also have the opportunity to pre-order “Dedicated,” which has been specially packaged for QVC with an eight-track bonus disk.
In addition, the lifelong friends will star in “Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On,” a reality show documenting the group’s adventures in and out of the recording studio. The show debuts on Sunday, April 8th, 2012 on the TV Guide Network. Throughout the year, Wilson Phillips will tour across the U.S. and Canada in support of the new album.
“Dedicated” Track Listing
- California Dreamin’
- Wouldn’t it be Nice
- Dedicated to the One I Love
- Don’t Worry Baby
- I Can Hear Music
- Monday Monday
- Do it Again
- Got a Feeling
- Fun, Fun, Fun
- God Only Knows
- Good Vibrations
2012 Tour Dates
(check the Wilson Phillips official website for the most up to date listing of tour dates)
|Mar 21||Jacksonville, FL||Florida Theatre|
|Mar 22||Melbourne, FL||Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts|
|Mar 23||Clearwater, FL||Capitol Theatre|
|Mar 28||Anderson, IN||Hoosier Park Racing and Casino|
|Jun 5||Austin, TX||Long Center for the Performing Arts|
|Jun 6||Dallas, TX||Winspear Opera House|
|Aug 17 and 18||San Diego, CA||Long Center for the Performing Arts|
|Aug 31 and Sep 1||St. Paul, MN||Minnesota State Fair|