Belinda Jo Carlisle was born August 17, 1958 in Hollywood, California.
After drumming in a punk band called Germs and back-up singing for Black Randy and the Metrosquad she co-founded the Go-Gos (originally named the Misfits), with friend Jane Wiedlin becaming the first all-female band to write and play their own music to achieve a No. 1 album. Beauty and the Beat featured the hits “We Got the Beat” and “Our Lips Are Sealed.” The Go-Gos recorded two more studio albums. 1982’s Vacation went gold and the single “Head over Heels” from their 1984 album Talk Show reached #11 on the singles chart. The Go-Go’s disbanded in 1985 and Carlisle embarked on a solo career.
In 1996, her first solo album, Belinda, was released with guests including Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs and Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor. “Mad About You” peaked at #3 in the U.S., hit #1 in Canada and went Top 10 in Australia.
Carlisle changed her hairstyle significantly for her second solo album giving up her California Girl blonde bob for a long auburn style for 1987’s Heaven on Earth which she retains to this day. Powered by the chart topping singles “Heaven Is A Place On Earth,” “I Get Weak” and “Circle In The Sand” the album became a Top 5 best seller in the UK and Australia, and was nominated for a Grammy Award in the U.S.. Chynna Phillips and Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips sang backup for the album and Thomas Dolby played keyboard on some tracks. The world tour included a sold out show at Wembley Arena in London.
Carlisle’s third release, Runaway Horses, again topped the charts with “Leave a Light On” which features a slide guitar solo by George Harrison. Bryan Adams contributed backup vocals for the track “Whatever It Takes.”
In 1990, the Go-Go’s reunited for a tour to support their first best-of album, Greatest, including a new recording of the cover song “Cool Jerk.” A notable feature of the tour was an anti-fur campaign where the band members supported the animal rights organization PETA.
Carlisle’s fourth solo album, Live Your Life Be Free, was released in 1991, followed in 1992 by a greatest hits album The Best of Belinda, Volume 1 which reached No. 1.
For Carlisle’s fifth solo album, Real, in 1993 she co-collaborated heavily with friend and ex-Go-Go Charlotte Caffey.
The Go-Gos briefly reunited again in 1994 to support the retrospective double-CD Return to the Valley of The Go-Go’s, their second hits collection, which featured three new songs including the single “The Whole World Lost Its Head.”
1996 saw Carlisle’s sixth solo release, A Woman And A Man, which leaned more towards in adult pop direction. The single “Always Breaking My Heart” was written and produced by Roxette’s Per Gessle. “Love in the Key of C” and “California” featured arrangement and back-up vocals by Brian Wilson.
Released in 1999, the double-disc greatest hits collection entitled A Place on Earth: The Greatest Hits included three new tracks, remixes of hits and rare b-sides and went on to sell over 1 million units worldwide.
In 2001, the Go-Go’s reunited for an album of new material titled God Bless The Go-Go’s. Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong co-wrote the single “Unforgiven.”
In 2007, Carlisle released her seventh solo album, Voila, consisting of a mix of French pop tunes and chanson standards including covers of Françoise Hardy and Édith Piaf classics.
In early 2009, Carlisle was on the 8th season of Dancing with the Stars, paired with Jonathan Roberts and took over the role of Velma Von Tussle in London’s West End production of Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
Her autobiography, Lips Unsealed, published in June 2010, was a New York Times Best Seller and received favorable reviews.
2011 was spent touring the U.S. with The Go-Go’s and she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a member of the Go-Go’s.
In 2013, Carlisle released her first U.S. single in 17 years entitled “Sun” for her new greatest hits compilation album, Icon. The song was co-written by Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go’s and singer-songwriter Gabe Lopez.
Edsel Records issued deluxe remastered versions of Carlisle’s entire catalog in 2013 and 2014 including a second disc of remixes and rarities and a third DVD disc featuring all the promotional videos for that release.
In 2014 came The Collection, a new hits package containing 18 hits and one new song “Goodbye Just Go” along with a DVD of 18 videos. The 5 disc digitally re-mastered retrospective collection titled Anthology was also released notably featuring additional remixes and b-sides. A live CD/DVD entitled Access All Areas was also released.
An ardent student of yoga, Carlisle has a new release in the works described as “mantra-pop” as well as another go round with The Go-Go’s. However Carlisle says after this U.S. tour they’ll officially be done, although she’ll continue to tour as a solo act “until it’s not fun anymore.” “The Go-Go’s are breaking up. We have a tour in August 2016 and that’s it, last tour, kaput. It’s just time. Everybody feels it’s time. I want to leave on a high note. I don’t really want to be 60 years old singing “We Got the Beat” on stage, honestly….I said that at 50 too!”