It turns out that 30 years after its debut, the 1990 smash-hit “Hold On” still has the ability to pull singer Chynna Phillips out some pretty dark places. Phillips — along with her Wilson Phillips bandmates Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson — appeared on Kelly Clarkson’s talk show this week and the trio, plus Clarkson, belted out the tune (which saw a major revitalization when it was featured in the 2011 comedy Bridesmaids). The moment was quite heartwarming, especially since Phillips, her husband, actor Billy Baldwin, and their family have had a really difficult year.
Baldwin revealed last year in an Instagram post that their teenage son, Vance, had been battling cancer. The teen is now 17, and cancer-free, according to Baldwin.Read More
During the appearance on “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” Phillips mentioned that “Hold On” holds a special place in her heart — and has the ability to be something of an inspiration to her when she’s going through tough times, even now. She told Clarkson that holding on “for one more day” is how she gets through her dark times.
“I was really in a dark, dark space when that lyric was written,” Phillips said. “I was at a crossroads, and I really felt like if I didn’t get my life together and stop, doing a little drugs … and I had a really bad boyfriend at the time … I just was in a lot of pain. And I just said, ‘If I don’t change my course, I’m going to be in a lot of trouble.'”
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UNBELIEVABLE…. Today is the 30th ANNIVERSARY of “Hold On”!! How fast time flies!!! “Hold On” shot straight to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in 1990, and won us a Billboard Music Award and a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year. I just recently realized that my oldest daughter, Jameson, was born on February 27th of 2000… the same day Hold On was released back in 1990!! So this day will always be special to me. The song might have went #1, but she will always be MY #1!!! ❤️ Thank you to everyone who has continued to show love and support for “Hold On” throughout the years. In honor of the 30th anniversary, we’ve re-recorded a new version for you guys… it’s called “Hold On (Today)”, and it’s available on Apple Music and Spotify NOW!!! 30 years later, and we are STILL Holding On!!!
The Wilsons and Clarkson all agreed that music has the ability to heal. Feb. 27 marked the 30th anniversary of the release of “Hold On,” which shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart shortly after its release, so the Wilson Phillips ladies have a lot to be thankful for.
Vance Baldwin’s Cancer Journey
Vance and his dad, Billy Baldwin, both went public with his diagnosis in October of last year, with Billy taking to Instagram to share how proud he is of his son, and how grateful the family is after Vance had been declared cancer-free.
“A year ago today my son Vance was diagnosed with cancer… he was 16 years old,” Billy wrote at the time. “He kept it very quiet… we all did. He went through 28 rounds of chemo yet stayed VERY positive, focused and kept his life as normal as possible… every single day. Kid’s a tough son of a bitch.”
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A year ago today my son Vance was diagnosed with cancer… he was 16 years old. He kept it very quiet… we all did. He went through 28 rounds of chemo yet stayed VERY positive, focused and kept his life as normal as possible… every single day. Kid’s a tough son of a bitch. Sharp as a tack. Funny as hell. Tough as nails. Heart of gold. Courage, strength, bravery, attitude, warrior… never seen anything like it. Never been prouder. Love you son. ♥️ So much love & gratitude for how all his boys, teachers, coaches, parents… the whole SB community stepped up for him during this difficult time. Thanks gang… you know who you are… Vance, Chynna, Jameson, Brooke & I love you all. Your love, kindness & support definitely helped get him/ us through this difficult time. Thank you #drlawrencepiro… you are an amazing man!! #VBcrew #warhorse #fuckcancer
Baldwin went on to thank his son’s friends, teachers, coaches and community for stepping up during a trying time for the family. He also gave a shoutout to Vance’s doctor, Dr. Lawrence Piro, in the post. Neither Baldwin disclosed what type of cancer Vance had been diagnosed with, but Dr. Piro is an LA-based oncologist who specializes in the field of hematologic malignancies.
Vance’s determination in the face of adversity has gotten attention from some of his parents’ famous friends — including Sylvester Stallone.
Baldwin recently took to Instagram to share a message that Stallone sent over about his son, after Baldwin let the Sly know that Vance had answered “Rocky” when prompted to name his favorite film in a college application.
“That moves me … [It was] a simple movie about will, determination and heart,” Stallone wrote, “like the hellish journey your son triumphed over life, fighting like a REAL LIFE ROCKY, getting knocked down over and over, but refusing to ever stay down!”
“Always keep punching, Kid,” Stallone signed off.