Although Rita Wilson is well-known as an actress (It’s Complicated, Sleepless in Seattle, CBS' The Good Wife and HBO’s Girls, a film producer (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Mamma Mia!), few may be aware that her early show biz ambitions were actually musical.
Born and raised in Hollywood, Wilson harbored dreams of becoming a singer as a teenager going to concerts. “I would watch these artists on stage and ache from wondering, ‘How can I get up there? How can I get to do that?’” Wilson recalls. “ I was a first generation American. We didn’t know anyone in the music industry.I was already acting. I thought you had to play an instrument to be able to write songs or be a singer like so many of the ones I admired.” Wilson finally achieved her dream with the 2012 Decca Records release of her debut album AM/FM, intimate, elegant, and beautifully sung covers from the ‘60s/70s. Since the release of AM/FM, Wilson has been focusing on a new component of her musical career as a songwriter.Rita has written with a number of extremely successful songwriters composing original material featured on her second album. “I would have never attempted songwriting if I hadn't been encouraged by songwriter Kara DioGuardi to write. She graciously offered to write with me. It has opened up a new way to discover what you feel about something that is deeply personal or, perhaps, isn't necessarily based on personal experience, but on an emotion or idea you want to explore.”