In 1998, Canadian country group The Wilkinsons burst onto the scene with their celebrated debut single, “26 Cents.” The trio consisted of talented teen vocalist Amanda Wilkinson, brother Tyler Wilkinson, and their father, Steve Wilkinson.
The family band saw massive success with “26 Cents,” which talks about a mother’s words of wisdom and love as her daughter journeys out on her own. It’s a story and sentiment that anyone can connect with in their own way. Plus, Amanda Wilkinson’s heartfelt vocals drove the message home perfectly. And that is a big challenge for any singer, much less a sixteen year old one.
But that magical combination sent “26 Cents” to No. 1 on the Canadian charts and to the top 5 of the U.S. country airplay chart. That year, they received ACM Award nominations for the song and their debut album, Nothing But Love.
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Although their next two singles, “Fly (The Angel Song)” and “Jimmy’s Got a Girlfriend,” also found some success, they never made the mark that “26 Cents” did. Over the years, the group released four more albums, including a greatest hits collection. In 2012, Amanda and Tyler began releasing music under the moniker Small Town Pistols.