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Carnie Wilson | Biography

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 Carnie Wilson has enjoyed massive success in her career spanning over two decades as a vocalist for one of the most successful girl groups of all time in America. Carnie, who was born on April 29, 1968, as a part of Wilson Phillips has sold millions of albums and released several hit singles in her prime years. After the split of Wilson Philips, Carnie set out on a journey to establish herself as a solo artist and received moderate success as one before reuniting with the girls as Wilson Phillips, a decade after their break up.

Carnie hails from a distinguished musical background. She is the elder daughter of American rock icon Brian Wilson. She is joined in her group by her younger sister, Wendy Wilson. Their father is one of the original members of American band The Beach Boys and their mother, Marilyn Rovell, a former member of the disbanded girl group The Honeys. Carnie was raised in Southern California with her sister and their band mate, Chynna Phillips who also hails from a musical background, her parents are the members of The Mamas & the Papas. Growing up they shared a common interest of singing and songwriting which they were able to transition into a successful career. Carnie is a mother to her two daughters which she raises with her producer husband Rob Bonfiglio. She and Rob married in 2000.

Wilson Phillips are one of the most renowned girl groups in America. Formed by the girls in the late 1980s, they went to sign a major record deal which led to the release of two albums which sold over 10 million copies in the United States. The group has been nominated for the Grammy Awards five times and has received two American Music Awards nominations. They split in 1993 but the Wilson sisters continued to work together and also released Hey Santa! that year. The sisters and their father collaborated for the album titled The Wilsons in 1997 which was a commercial letdown. After a hiatus from music, in 2003 she was set to release her solo album For the First Time but decided against it when Wilson Phillips decided to reunite in 2004. After an album with Wilson Phillips, Carnie made her solo debut in 2006 with A Mother’s Gift: Lullabies from the Heart which she subsequently followed up with Christmas with Carnie in 2007. For a brief time, she hosted the talk show titled Carnie! in 1995 but didn’t find the show commercially or personally fulfilling. She was seen on television again in 2001 when she appeared on the popular sitcom That 70s Show as a guest star. She continued her career in television with Gone Country on CMT in 2008 and celebrity shows like Celebrity Fit Club, Celebracadabra, Carnie Wilson: Unstapled, Outsider’s Inn and Celebrity Wife Swap. In 2012, she joined the members of Wilson Phillips for their self-titled reality show, Wilson Philips: Still Holding On on the TV Guide Network. In 2013, she was able to donate $10,000 to charity by participating in Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.

The singer’s weight has been a problem for her but over the years she has been trying hard to lose excessive weight. She had a surgery done in 1999 to cast off several pounds and maintained a size 6 figure for many years also posing in the nude in Playboy magazine. Carnie revealed her Bell’s palsy diagnosis in 2013 through her Twitter account.

Wilson Phillips have entertained millions of fans in the United States for several years. As a part of the group, Carnie has received many notable nominations of awards. She is a celebrated star in American television and is also a moderately successful solo artist.