Wilson Phillips: Not Just 'Holding On' to Nostalgia

Carnie Wilson Shares Her Passions For Music, Baking and What the Future Holds For Wilson Phillips

Published : Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 1:40 PM

Wilson Phillips credit: Rob Bonfiglio

Wilson Phillips is set to perform at the Rose in Pasadena on Friday, April 20 where they will play songs that put them on the map in the early ’90s with No. 1 singles and multiple Grammy nominations, but their show is not just a nostalgia trip. The group still plays, occasionally records, and continues to build on an already solid and fervent fan base.

In an interview with Carnie Wilson, she describes how she and fellow members, sister Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips, juggle their busy schedules as moms and business owners while still honoring their passion for music.

“We’ve got nine children between us,” she said. “We’re working moms, and the most that we collectively can agree on would be about two shows a month…it’s a comfortable place for us, and that’s been pretty consistent now for about six years. We’re talking about possibly doing some stuff just for streaming purposes, but not recording a whole record because we all live in separate places and it’s frankly it’s hard to get us in the same room!”

After reuniting in the early 2000′s, Wilson Phillips continued to record. They released California (2004), Christmas in Harmony (2010), and Dedicated (2012), a homage to the songs of their parents, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, and John and Michelle Phillips of Mamas & the Papas fame. Along the way, with these records, and an appearance in the 2011 film Bridesmaids, Wilson Phillips’ fan base has only grown. Of fans old and new, Carnie said she and the group feel blessed and lucky to be still making and performing music. “The hits that we had live in people’s hearts—they present a special time in their lives. Of course, we have some younger fans just because of Bridesmaids and ‘Hold On.’ So, it’s opened the doors for us a bit more. I think that the fans that know the music understand the energy of the group.”

Wilson also has a knack for baking, which led to her starting Love Bites by Carnie with her best friend of 42 years, Tiffany Miller. The business has its first brick and mortar in Sherwood, Oregon, and ships nationwide. Expect to see an expansion of Love Bites in 2019. “We’re planning on starting our retail expansion next year, more in the Northwest and then moving down to California and out. We’re doing things kind of backward…but it’s going to be well worth it. We’ve got about 25 employees and a beautiful 15000 square foot facility in Sherwood. (It’s) an incredible labor of love.”

Carnie describes her greatest passions as “my desserts and my family.” Husband Rob Bonfiglio will join Wilson Phillips onstage at the Rose—he’s the musical director of the group and is an acclaimed musician in his own right who has an upcoming album release, Trouble Again.

Doors for Friday’s show open at 6 pm and the music starts 7:30 pm with an opening set by Chuck Murphy & Napynap.

Tickets are $48-$88. If you purchase a ticket at a table, you are required to buy dinner. Minimum is $25.00 per person, and you must arrive by 7 pm. Attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

For tickets, visit https://wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com/events/wilson-phillips-pasadena/

For more info on Wilson Phillips visit https://www.facebook.com/wilsonphillipsmusic/

For more on Love Bites By Carnie visit https://lovebitesbycarnie.com/

For more on Rob Bonfiglio visit https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rob-bonfiglio

The Rose is located at 245 E Green St. in Pasadena.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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