Belinda Carlisle Biography
After graduating from high school, Belinda Carlisle left home and started to live independently, rather than making use of the athletic scholarship that was given to her. She started to make a living as a part of a punk band called the Germs, and during her stint with the band she met Jane Wieldlin, whom she would build her own band with, which would later on be popular as the Go-gos.
In 1978, Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wieldlin formed the Go-gos along with Charlotte Caffey, Kathy Valentine and Gina Schock. They released their debut album entitled Beauty and the Beat went double platinum with massive hit singles including We Got the Beat and Our Lips Are Sealed. Beauty and the Beat was followed by the equally successful Vacation and Talk Show, which released more hit singles which made the band an important part of 80s pop. Belinda Carlisle and her band eventually rose to be the first female group to top the US charts.
The Go-Gos disbanded in 1985, and Belinda Carlisle moved on to a successful solo career. In 1986, she came up with the album Belinda, which carried the song Mad About You. Her 1987 album Heaven On Earth also hit the charts with hits such as Heaven is a Place on Earth, Circle In The Sand and I Get Weak. Belinda Carlisle went on to release more albums that eventually gave her the maturity as a singer, however, these were not as successful as the ones she did during the 1980s. In 1997 she made a successful comeback to the music scene, hitting the charts with the single A Woman & A Man.
Belinda Carlisle reunited with the Go-Gos in a benefit concert for the Environmental Protection Initiative in 1990, and four years later the band released the album Return to the Valley of the Go-Gos. She also revamped some of their hits for commercials such as AT&T and Super Bowl in 1998. She and Jane Wieldlin still work together, this time as humanitarian and animal welfare advocates.
Belinda Carlisle is married to actor-producer Morgan Mason. They have a son named James Duke Mason.