The daughter of the Mamas & the Papas’ own John and Michelle Phillips, Chynna Phillips is best recalled as the lead singer of the once popular trio group Wilson Phillips, along with fellow 1960s pop progeny Carnie and Wendy Wilson. With her group, she scored a massive victory with the release of the self-title debut album Wilson Phillips in 1990. Thanks to the songs “Release Me,” “Hold On” and “You’re in Love,” the album sold more than 10 millions copies internationally. Unfortunately, Wilson Phillips called it quits in 1993, a year after their second album, Shadows & Light, hit the music shelves. Chynna’s solo album, Naked and Sacred, was released in 1995. Wilson Phillips resurfaced on the music industry with their reunited album, California, in 2004.
Like her mother, Chynna has had experience as an actress, in addition to as a singer. She has played roles in a number of films, including John Hughes’ Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), Cameron Crowe’s Say Anything... (1989) and Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer (1989, TV). Moreover, she has appeared in several television talk shows, including the well-liked “Live with Regis & Kelly” (2004).
An agile L.A. beauty, Chynna was voted one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the world” in 1991. Her childhood and youth was spoiled by substance abuse, but she is now clean and sober. Chynna is also a vegetarian. On a more personal note, Chynna became a one-man woman after her 1995 married to the Baldwin acting clan, William Baldwin. The couple have three children together, daughters Jamison and Brooke and son Vance.
Childhood and Family:
A native of Los Angeles, California, Gilliam Chynna Phillips was born on February 12, 1968. She is the daughter of John Phillips and Michelle Phillips, co-founders of the well-liked 1960s folk/rock group The Mamas and the Papas. Chynna has four half siblings: Bijou Phillips (model), Mackenzie Phillips (actress), Tamerlane Phillips and Jeffrey Phillips. As a progeny of celebrity parents, young Chynna had difficulty finding herself and once turned to drugs and alcohol to relieve her anxieties. Commenting on her substance abuse, she said, “I was in devastating pain as a child, and I didn’t know what to do with the pain.”
On September 9, 1995, Chynna tied the knot with actor William “Billy” Baldwin. She gave birth to a 7 lbs, 2ozs baby girl named Jamison Baldwin on February 27, 2000 and a son named Vance Alexander Baldwin on October 23, 2001. Chynna and Billy welcomed their third child, daughter Brooke Michelle, on December 6, three years later.
Naked and Sacred
Chynna Phillips began her singing career as a child when she and the Wilson sisters, Carnie and Wendy, who had known one other since they were toddlers, recorded a song-demo, “Take me out to the ball-game,” in 1983 under the group named The Satellites. After graduating from high school, she decided to put her musical career on the backburner and chased an acting and modeling career instead. She acted in several late-1980s movies such as the John Hughes-written Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), The Invisible Kid (1988) and the unsuccessful sequel Caddyshack II (1988). In 1989, she had a feature role in director-writer Cameron Crowe’s Say Anything... , starring John Cusack, and starred in the title role of the made-for-television movie Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer.
While her career as an actress was blossoming, Chynna resumed her singing career. In 1986, she reunited with her childhood buddies, Carnie and Wendy Wilson, to form the trio band Wilson Phillips. Unfortunately, the group failed to find a record deal. After several years, the girls finally made their debut as recording artists with the release of self-titled album in 1990. Containing such tracks as “You’re in Love,” “Release Me,” “Hold On,” Wilson Phillips sold over 10 million copies worldwide, which led to an international tour, including in Japan. A sophomore effort, Shadows & Light, followed in 1992. The album sold about one million copies and Wilson Phillips split up in the next year.
After the separation of Wilson Phillips, Chynna started a solo career by launching an album named Naked and Sacred in 1995. The album was not a hit even though the title song reached No. 62 in the United Kingdom. Her song, “I Love for You,” was featured in the Demi Moore vehicle Striptease (1996). Also in 1995, she resumed her acting career by taking on a supporting role opposite Jason Alexander and Vanessa L. Williams in the television film Bye Bye Birdie, helmed by Gene Saks.
In the late ‘90s, Chynna faded from public eye, but in the new millennium, she resurfaced on the limelight. She rejoined the Wilson sisters in 2003, and Wilson Phillips released a comeback album, California, in 2004. The same year, she also appeared in such talk shows as the popular and long-running “Live with Regis & Kelly,” “Howard Stern” and “The Tony Danza Show,” as well as the hit game show “Celebrity Blackjack.” Additionally, Chynna provided the voice of Kitty in two episodes of the animated series “Danny Phantom” (2004, 2005).