Whitney Wolanin

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Whitney Wolanin
Birth name Whitney Margaret Wolanin
Born (1990-06-29) June 29, 1990 (age 26)
Albany, New York, United States
Genres Pop, pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Piano, drums, guitar
Labels TopNotch
Website whitneywolanin.com

Whitney Wolanin (/wˈlænɪn/; born June 29, 1990) is an American singer and songwriter. Born in Albany, New York, and raised in southwest Florida, she entered the music industry through recording a number of sessions with Funk Brothers bassist Bob Babbitt in 2003. Her subsequent singles “Honesty” (2012), “Wrong Guy” (2013), and “Forever” (2014) garnered AC radio airplay. She currently co-owns and operates the independent record label TopNotch.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Whitney Wolanin was born on June 29, 1990, in Albany, New York. Her mother, Illona Wolanin, is a retired teacher and her father, Vincent Wolanin, is a businessman from Philadelphia.[1][2] Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Lee County, Florida, where she attended Fort Myers High School.[3]

In 2011, Wolanin received a B.S. from Vanderbilt University. She majored in Human and Organizational development and studied voice at the Blair school of music.[4] During her time at Vanderbilt, Wolanin was a member of the improv comedy group Tongue-N-Cheek,[5] as well as Vanderbilt Off-Broadway, appearing in their production of Nine.[6] Wolanin also holds a Diplôme de Cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu, London.[7]


In 2004, Wolanin began recording a collaboration with Bob Babbitt titled Funkology XIII. The album was released July 12, 2005, and consisted of twelve Motown covers and one original.[8] Its two singles, “Good” and “It Takes Two”, the latter featuring Jimi Jamison of Survivor, made it into Friday Morning Quarterback's adult contemporary chart at #7 and #9 respectively. A holiday counterpart to the album, Christmasology, was released the following year. The lead single, “Frosty the Snowman”, was played across more than eight hundred stations and peaked at #11 on radio charts.[9]

Wolanin’s follow-up single, “Loud and Clear” (2007), received airplay on dance and club radio and was also featured in an episode of The Hills.[10] She subsequently released two EPs, Girl in 2009 and Whitney Wolanin 1 in 2011. An acoustic version of Girl’s “So Close” was included on Majic Miracle Music Vol. 3, a benefit album for the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children.[11]

“Honesty” became Wolanin’s first original single to chart at AC radio. From January 9, 2012, it climbed the charts for thirty-six weeks, peaking at #21 on Mediabase and #23 on Billboard.[12] Later that year, Wolanin released her third EP, Let's Be Honest Part 1, as well as recording a version of “Frosty the Snowman” that would go on to reach #13 on Billboard’s AC chart.[13]

On February 11, 2013, Wolanin released "Wrong Guy (I Did It This Time)”. The single reached #16 and #17 on the AC charts at Mediabase and Billboard respectively.[14] Her christmas single, “Run, Run Rudolph”, charted at #2 on both the Mediabase holiday chart and Billboard’s AC chart.[15] The track premiered exclusively on Yahoo! Music.[16] Its accompanying music video, directed by Carl Diebold, was a pastiche of A Christmas Story. The video was shot on location in Cleveland, Ohio, and featured a number of props from the film.

Wolanin released a further two singles in 2014. “Forever” went to #23 on the AC charts at both Mediabase and Billboard,[17] while “Silver Bells” reached #3 at Billboard, bringing Wolanin’s consecutive chart appearances up to six.

In December, 2016, Wolanin released “Never Said No”, a single that aims to dispel misconceptions surrounding sexual assault. The song’s subject is partially drawn from Wolanin’s experience of being accosted by two men in a London park.[18][19]


  • Funkology XIII (2005, TopNotch)
  • "Christmas (The Warmest Time of the Year)" single (2005, TopNotch)
  • Christmasology (2006, TopNotch)
  • "Loud and Clear" single (2007, TopNotch)
  • Girl EP (2009, TopNotch)
  • 1 EP (2011, TopNotch)
  • Let's Be Honest, Pt. 1 EP (2012, TopNotch)
  • "Wrong Guy (I Did It This Time)" single (2013, TopNotch)
  • "Run, Run Rudolph" Mini Album (2013, TopNotch)
  • "Forever" single (2014, TopNotch)
  • "Never Said No" Single (2016, TopNotch)


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  2. ^ "Bethlehem Construction Scholarship". Philadelphia University. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Sharbaugh, S. (December 2, 2013). "Recording Artist Whitney Wolanin Visits Sanibel School". Naples Daily News. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Greggs, Shelley (December 30, 2011). "School Smart" (PDF). Island Sun. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "10 Questions with ... Whitney Wolanin". All Access. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "2011 Mainstage-Nine". Anchor Link. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  7. ^ Wolanin, Whitney. "We Did It!". Instagram. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  8. ^ Widran, Jonathan. "Funkology XIII - Whitney Wolanin". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Teen Vocal Sensation Whitney Wolanin Ends 2006 on a High Note with Top 20 Hit". Top40-Charts. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "iTunes Preview". iTunes. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "Sweetwater Majic Miracle Music - Volume 3". Sweetwater. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Whitney Wolanin - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "Whitney Wolanin - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "Whitney Wolanin - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  15. ^ Trust, Gary (December 24, 2013). "Whitney Wolanin Makes 'Run' Up AC Chart With 'Rudolph'". Billboard. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  16. ^ Geller, Wendy (November 4, 2013). "Get in the Holiday Spirit With First Listen To Singer-Pianist Whitney Wolanin's 'Rudolph'". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  17. ^ Trust, Gary (December 24, 2013). "Whitney Wolanin Makes 'Run' Up AC Chart With 'Rudolph'". Billboard. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  18. ^ Runnells, Charles (January 11, 2017). "Singer Whitney Wolanin takes on aggressive men in 'Never Said No". The News-Press. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  19. ^ Garrett, Craig (January–February 2017). "Singer Whitney Wolanin takes on aggressive men in 'Never Said No". RSW Living. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 

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