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>Terry Ellis and Chynna Phillips
Although Wilson Phillips' Chynna Phillips and En Vogue's Terry Ellis live on opposite sides of the country (New York City and Oakland, respectively), they have been leading parallel lives since 1990. That year their groups had identically titled hit singles ("Hold On") and platinum debut albums. Five years later, the singers' agendas remain in sync: Earlier this month Phillips, 27, released her first solo project, Naked and Sacred (EMI), and Ellis, 29, did the same with Southern Gal (EastWest). PEOPLE recently got Ellis, who is single, and Phillips—fresh from honeymooning with actor William Baldwin—together for a chat in Manhattan.
Chynna: When we heard your "Hold On" we went, "Who are these girls?"
Terry: I have us on tape singing your song while we were getting ready for a show one night.
Chynna: I don't like singing live. I was bred to be an actress, not a singer. Singing was just a fluke. I never knew I had a voice. I studied for seven years, even while I was in Wilson Phillips. I didn't want to make a fool of myself. I could carry a note, but I had no strength. I didn't know about middle or high, I didn't know about any of that. Terry: I still don't. I have no clue. I need to take voice lessons. My sister had me listen to singers and would say, "When she gets ready to hit that high note, or her voice gets louder, she takes a deep breath." That's all I know.
Chynna: We just vacationed. Will you?
Terry: It's not in sight, and I don't need one. I can just go and go and go.
Chynna: You find play in your work, and that's nice. I need an hour where I do nothing but watch TV, play Scrabble or read. I need to have my fun time because, for me, working is work.
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