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Nelson Brothers Team With Wendy and Carnie Wilson For “This Christmas Too”

Photo by Brian Lowe
Photo by Brian Lowe

“This Christmas Too” is a true family affair for Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, who have teamed up with another pair of platinum, second- (and, in the Nelsons’ case, third-) generation performers in their childhood friends Carnie and Wendy Wilson for a holiday single that celebrates not only their legendary rock fathers – Ricky Nelson and Brian Wilson – but their individual hit-making histories. The large-screen video for the single “This Christmas” can be viewed here.

The title track from their new album, This Christmas, the sequel to last year’s Billboard-charting Top 20 Adult Contemporary and Top 5 Holiday release, the song brings together scions of two of pop music’s royal clans to celebrate the season with an original Nelson track and another round of dates on their successful “Christmas with the Nelsons” tour.  The two families grew up together in Southern California, and this collaboration is long overdue. It even includes vocals from Carnie’s daughters Luci (age 7) and Lola (age 11) as seen throughout the video.

Commented Gunnar Nelson: “After knowing, admiring, and loving these girls for a lifetime, I’ll never forget the elation I felt the first time we all actually sang together. It just doesn’t get any better than this for me — personally or professionally.

Added Carnie: “All I can say about the collaboration is that it’s about time!! We are perfect together!!

I believe there is the right time and place for everything,” said Wendy. “Singing with the Nelson brothers is nothing but magical.”

Matthew Nelson said: “We have each in our own right, and over 25 years, sold millions of records and performed thousands of concerts worldwide to millions of people — yet never before in my 30-year career has a collaboration excited me more or made more sense on so many different levels. 2+2= Millions. When we are together it is absolute magic. Why haven’t we done this before, and can we please do much more of it in the future?! This just feels right. We belong together.

Both the Nelson brothers and Wilson sisters experienced chart-topping success from the very start of their careers.  Nelson’s “(I Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection,” from their 1990 multi-platinum debut album, After the Rain, went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, along with the #6 title track and Top 40 hits “More Than Ever” and “Only Time Will Tell.” The Wilson sisters’ Wilson Phillips – with Chynna Phillips, the daughter of the Mamas & the Papas’ John and Michele – scored three #1 singles that same year in “Hold On,” “Release Me” and “You’re in Love,” from their self-titled multi-platinum debut.

Matthew and Gunnar have been combining original songs with performances of “Ricky Nelson Remembered,” their live tribute to the music of their father, and will embark on the acclaimed “Christmas with the Nelsons” tour again, starting November 28 in Modesto, CA. Last year, the duo sold out 22 individual shows of what has been called “a genuine blend of Everly Brothers-styled harmonies and Smothers Brothers-styled comedy,” garnering wide-spread praise from promoters and bookers such as Joe Kane of New Jersey’s Count Basie Theatre, who raved, “This was the greatest Christmas show we’ve ever seen!”

“Christmas with the Nelsons” Tour Dates
November 28 — Gallo Center For The Arts – Modesto, CA
December 4 — Lakeland Center – Lakeland, FL
December 6 — Potawatomi Hotel & Casino – Milwaukee, WI
December 7 — Potawatomi Hotel & Casino – Milwaukee, WI
December 8 — Potawatomi Hotel & Casino – Milwaukee, WI
December 9 — Potawatomi Hotel & Casino – Milwaukee, WI
December 10 — Grand Falls Casino – Larchwood, IA
December 11 — Rhythm City Casino Resort – Davenport, IA
December 12 — Whatley Center for the Performing Arts – Mount Pleasant, TX
December 16 — Renaissance Performing Arts Center – Goodyear, AZ
December 17 — The Ritz Theatre – Tiffin, OH