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Belinda Carlisle

Belinda Carlisle is a well-known American singer, musician, and author. Belinda Carlisle rose to fame as the lead singer of the rock band, “The Go-Go’s” and is the most successful all-female rock band of all time.

Early Life

Belinda Carlisle was born on the 17th of August 1958, in Los Angeles, California, in the United States of America. Her full name is Belinda Jo Carlisle and holds American nationality.

She is 65 years old and has a horoscope of Leo. Similarly, she has her belief in Christianity and belongs to the Irish-English-Native American ethnicity.

Belinda Carlisle

Caption: Belinda Carlisle childhood photo (Source: Twitter)

Following her parents, she is the son of Harold Carlisle (father) and Joanne Carlisle (mother). Professionally, her father was a gas station employee, and her mother was a homemaker. Her parents put her name after her mother’s favorite film, Johnny Belinda (1948). She is the eldest of seven siblings; three brothers and three sisters whose names are still unknown. When she was just five years old, her father left the family. After this, she spent the majority of her childhood in poverty.

Belinda Carlisle – Education

Carlisle attended Colina Junior High School in Thousand Oaks, where she played guard as a reserve for the boys’ basketball team, and subsequently Newbury Park High School, where she cheered.

When she was 18 years old, she started working as a photocopy clerk at the Hilton Hotels Corporation in Los Angeles after completing her high school education. Later, she studied at a beauty college while taking night classes, but she left after the first semester. Yo pursue a career in music, she left home at the age of 19.

Professional Career

Go-Go’s

Initially, Belinda Carlisle started her musical career as a drummer, working for the punk band The Germs under the name Dottie Danger, although illness prevented her from ever performing with them live.

Soon after leaving this band, she established the Go-Go’s (originally named The Misfits) in 1978 with a friend and fellow music novice Jane Wiedlin. Alongside, bassist-turned-guitarist Charlotte Caffey, guitarist-turned-bassist Kathy Valentine, and drummer Gina Schock.

The Go-Go’s became one of the most successful American bands of the early 80s, helping to usher “new wave music” into popular American radio and becoming the first all-female band in rock history to achieve a #1 album, they also wrote their own music and played their own instruments.

In addition, the band recorded two more studio albums (including Vacation, which went gold thanks to the title track).

Belinda Carlisle

Caption: The Go-Go’s band member (Source: Forbes)

From the album “Talk Show”, Head over Heels, made it to #11, but they never repeated the success of their multi-platinum debut, Beauty and the Beat, which featured the hits “We Got the Beat” and “Our Lips Are Sealed.” The band helped popularize new wave music in the United States.

Similarly, this band was the first (and to date only) all-female band in history who wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to achieve a No. 1 album. Over the course, the band has sold over seven million records worldwide. Sadly, the band split up in the year 1985.

Solo Career

After splitting up the band, Carlisle decided to start her solo career and released her debut solo studio album, “Belinda released in the year 1986. The album became successful in North America and was certified Gold in the United States and Platinum in Canada.

After the success of her first album, she released her second studio album “Heaven on Earth” in the year 1987. It became one of the Top 5 bestsellers in the UK and Australia and was nominated for a Grammy Award. The album’s first single, “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” topped the singles charts in America and the UK.

Similarly, she released her third studio album “Runaway Horses” in the year 1989 which again hit the Top Five in both Australia and the UK, certified double platinum in Australia and platinum in the UK, but failed to reach similar success in the US. During the late autumn of 1990, she and her former band member of Go-Go’s reunited for a tour to support their greatest-hits album “Go Go’s Greatest”, including a new recording of the cover song “Cool Jerk.”

Other solo albums and Go-Go’s reunions

After this, she released her fourth solo album, “Live Your Life Be Free” in the year 1991. It marked somewhat of a return to 1960s-influenced music for Carlisle. However, the album flopped in the US due to a huge lack of promotion from the record company. The album’s success in Europe (Top 10 in the UK) included the title track as a take-off single, a Top 20 hit in the UK and Australia.

Due to this, she broke her contract with her US record company. But, she was still active in Europe and Australia with a recording contract at Virgin Records, she released her fifth album “The Best of Belinda, Volume 1.” It reached number 1 and was certified double platinum in the UK and platinum in Australia.

Belinda Carlisle

Caption: Belinda Carlisle giving her performance (Source: Wikipedia)

In the year 1993, she released her fifth solo studio album, “Real.” Moreover, this album was Carlisle’s fifth consecutive to reach the UK Top 10 peaking at number 9. Again, she and her Go-Go’s reunited in 1994 to support the retrospective double CD Return to the Valley of The Go-Go’s, their second collection, which featured three new songs, including the single “The Whole World Lost Its Head.”

Again, the band broke up after the promotional tour. She released her sixth solo studio album, “A Woman & a Man,” in the year 1996. Moreover, it reached No. 12 in the UK and was certified gold.

The Go-Go’s reunited in 2001 and released a studio album of new material, “God Bless the Go-Go’s.” However, the album reviewed mixed reviews from critics. Moreover, her seventh studio album “Voila” was released in 2007. In September 2017, she released her eighth studio album, “Wilder Shores.”

Other appearances

She has also been a frequent guest on music-related programs and she appeared on a celebrity edition of ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Moreover, she appeared on the ITV1 reality show Hell’s Kitchen as one of ten celebrity chefs competing against one another in the year 2004.

Similarly, she has appeared on the ITV1 reality show Hit Me Baby One More Time, where she sang a cover of Coldplay’s hit, “The Scientist” as well as her own “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.”

In 2006, she appear on the Simon Cowell-produced Celebrity Duets, a FOX network reality competition pairing celebrities not famous for singing (like Lucy Lawless and Cheech Marin) with actual singers like Carlisle, Michael Bolton, Jon Secada, and Macy Gray.

Awards

This singer has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011 for her work with the Go-Gos. She and the band were both added to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the year 2021.

Belinda Carlisle

Caption: Belinda Carlisle was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011 with her former band (Source: NME)

She has been nominated for Billboard Music Awards, Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Brit Awards, and many others.

Belinda Carlisle – Net Worth 2023

As a singer, musician, and former member of Go-Go’s band, she has earned a decent sum of money throughout her career. As of 2022, her net worth is estimated at around $14 million while her salary and earning are still unknown. This singer makes money from her albums, concerts, as well as from her acting appearances.

Relationship Status

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Caption: Belinda Carlisle with her husband (Source: GH Gossip)

Belinda Carlisle married political operative and film producer, Morgan Mason in 1986. Morgan is the son of actor James Mason and actress Pamela Mason. The couple has a son named James Duke Mason.

Besides music, Carlisle supports LGBT rights, which she made public after her son, Duke, came out to her at age fourteen. Similarly, she co-founded Animal People Alliance in the year 2014, It is a nonprofit organization based in Calcutta, India, that raises funds and trains and employs impoverished women to care for street animals.

Belinda Carlisle – Body Measurements

This singer stands 5 feet 4 inches tall (1.64 m) and weighs around 62 kg (137 lbs). Moreover, she has blue eyes with dark brown hair color and her body measurement measures 31-24-33 inches. In addition, she wears a shoe size of 4 US.

Social Media

On her Instagram page ‘@travels_with_mrs_mason’ there are over 101k followers. In addition, there are over 26.3k followers on her Twitter page ‘@belindacarlisle’ and over 506k followers on her Facebook. Similarly, she has a self-titled YouTube channel and there are 202k subscribers.