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 comprise the vocal trio, whose sudden success was matched by an equally impressive pedigree. Don’t Miss Wilson Phillips perform LIVE at bergenPAC, Friday, July 13th at 8PM. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or bergenPAC.org or by calling the box office at 201 227 1030.
The Wilson sisters and Phillips grew up together in Southern California in the 1970s and 1980s. The three shared a love of music and songwriting, and developed their own style of vocal harmonies. In 1989, the trio signed with SBK Records. The group is also known 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.
Wilson Phillips recently returned to the spotlight this year with a new album, Dedicated, and a reality show on TV Guide Network callEd Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On, which documents their efforts to return to the spotlight. Still Holding On shows singers Wendy & Carnie Wilson and Chynna Phillips as they work together on their comeback, which includes heading back into the studio, as well as traveling for live performances.
Nik Rael of Cresskill and School of Rock Instructor
Nik Rael is a soul singer, songwriter, and recording artist whose most recent album, Winter ’61, has received national airplay and universal acclaim for its powerful vocal interpretations of eleven Bob Dylan compositions. Since its winter release Nik has been a featured in-studio performer on 90.7-FM WFUV's Sunday Breakfast as well as headlining the On Your Radar Concert Series at the LivingRoom in New York and the critically-acclaimed Dylan Fest music festival in Warwick, NY. Nik began his career in Philadelphia, where his bandHeadsoup created a soulful brand of "white acid reggae" - as it was dubbed by critics - establishing them as a local favorite. He later moved to the Bergen county town of Cresskill, New Jersey where he began working with Van Morrison guitarist and Grammy-nominated producer John Platania, releasing two solo albums of original songs, Worlds Fade Away andThank You. Substantial regional airplay and consistently compelling live shows have helped him build a strong local following. Nik also shares his passion for music in his role as the Director of the School of Rock in Tenafly, NJ, a performance-based music school for children with rock music as its core focus. Nik is currently writing songs for his next album, which is set for release in the Spring of 2013.