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Wendy Wilson

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Wendy Wilson
Wendy Wilson at Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California on May 4, 2013
Born (1969-10-16) October 16, 1969 (age 54)
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, television personality
Years active1989–present
Daniel Knutson
(m. 2002)
Parent(s)Brian Wilson
Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford
RelativesCarnie Wilson (older sister)

Wendy Wilson (born October 16, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, and television personality who is a member of the pop trio Wilson Phillips. She co-founded Wilson Phillips with her older sister, Carnie, and childhood friend Chynna Phillips in 1989.[1] Wilson Phillips released two albums in 1990 and 1992 before splitting up. Wendy and Carnie released a Christmas album together in 1993, and an album called The Wilsons in 1997, with their formerly estranged father, Brian.

In 2004, Wendy reunited with Carnie and Phillips for a third Wilson Phillips album, California. In 2012, the reunited Wilson Phillips released the album Dedicated, which comprised covers of songs by The Beach Boys and The Mamas & the Papas. In June 2012, Wendy joined her sister Carnie and other members of the Beach Boys' families to form the vocal group, California Saga, which performed at the intermission during the homecoming Hollywood Bowl show of the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary tour.


Born in Los Angeles, Wendy Wilson is the second daughter of Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson and his first wife Marilyn. Her mother is of Jewish heritage,[2] while her father is of Dutch, Scottish, English, German, Irish, and Swedish ancestry.[3][4]

Wilson married record producer/sound engineer Daniel Knutson on May 24, 2002, in the rose garden of the Ritz-Carlton in Marina Del Rey. They have four sons: Leo Evan Knutson (b. September 14, 2003), Beau Alexander Knutson (b. September 23, 2004), and twins, Will Hunter and Jesse Miles Knutson (b. August 17, 2007).

Television appearances[edit]

In February 2008, Wilson appeared in an episode[5] of the American reality television program Supernanny. Her sister Carnie and her niece Lola Bonfiglio also made an appearance in the episode. In April 2008, Wilson appeared in an episode of the Tyra Banks show Amazing Moms.

On January 7, 2010, Wilson appeared with her sister, their mother Marilyn, and their husbands on a special edition of The Newlywed Game.

In 2012, Wilson Phillips created a reality television show called: Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On. The show premiered on TV Guide.

In July 2016, Wilson Phillips reunited and performed on ABC's Greatest Hits.[6]

Musical career[edit]

  • 1990: Wilson PhillipsWilson Phillips
  • 1991: Wilson Phillips – Two Rooms (Elton John tribute album): song "Daniel"
  • 1992: Wilson Phillips – Shadows and Light
  • 1993: Wendy & Carnie Wilson – Hey Santa!
  • 1993: Wendy Wilson VA "Home" (Children's songs): her song "Jennifer"
  • 1997: The Wilsons – The Wilsons
  • 1998: Wilson Phillips – The Best of Wilson Phillips
  • 1998: Wendy & Carnie Wilson in Various Artists Love Shouldn't Hurt
  • 2000: Wilson Phillips – Greatest Hits (Capitol Records)
  • 2002: Wendy & Carnie Wilson in Al Jardine Family and Friends – Live in Las Vegas
  • 2004: Wilson Phillips – California
  • 2005: Wilson Phillips – The Best of Wilson Phillips (same as 1998 release)
  • 2007: Wendy & Carnie Wilson VA A Song for My Father : song "Warmth of the Sun"
  • 2010: Wilson Phillips – Christmas in Harmony
  • 2012: Wilson Phillips – Dedicated


  1. ^ Stimson, Brie (April 21, 2024). "Beach Boys' Brian Wilson warned daughter Carnie to 'watch out for the sharks' in industry". Fox News. Retrieved June 7, 2024.
  2. ^ Rogovoy, Seth (June 20, 2022). "The secret Jewish history of the Beach Boys". The Forward. Archived from the original on June 23, 2022.
  3. ^ White, Timothy (1996). The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, and the Southern Californian Experience. Macmillan. pp. 26, 75. ISBN 978-0-333-64937-4.
  4. ^ Michael Thomas Meggison. "#71 Royal Descents, Notable Kin, and Printed Sources: The Immediate New England and Royal Ancestry of the Beach Boys". American Ancestors. New England Historic Genealogical Society. Archived from the original on August 23, 2014.
  5. ^ "February 2008 episode". YouTube. February 20, 2008. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
  6. ^ "ABC TV Shows, Specials & Movies - ABC.com". abc.go.com. Archived from the original on May 31, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2022.

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