Growing up in Florida, singer, songwriter, pianist, recording artist Whitney Wolanin first told her father of her desire to record an album when she was 11. When she was 13, her father relented, and over her summer break she recorded an album with her father's personal friend, Bob Babbitt (second-string bassist—after James Jamerson—for Motown's studio group, The Funk Brothers), in Nashville. The album, Funkology XIII, released two years later in 2005, was made up of twelve R&B covers (mostly of Motown origin) and one original.
A version of Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston's "It Takes Two", sung with Jimi Jamison of Survivor, reached #9 on radio trade publication Friday Morning Quarterback's AC40 Chart, and was a #1 most added song. Wolanin's song “Good” (which she co-wrote with Babbitt and her father) peaked at #7.
In late 2005, Wolanin released "Christmas (The Warmest Time of the Year)"—another original she co-wrote with Babbitt and her father. The song made FMQB's Top 100 airplay chart at #87 in 2005.
The following year, Wolanin released her second album, Christmasology, a collection of Christmas songs recorded in 2005. Christmasology featured 15 songs, including "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree”, "Frosty the Snowman”, "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", as well as "Christmas (The Warmest Time of the Year)". "Frosty” was the Most Added Christmas song at radio in the weeks of November 5, 2006 and November 19, 2006. In December 2006, "Frosty" peaked at #11 on R&R's Media Base Top 40 Radio Airplay Charts, and was played on over 800 radio stations.
"Loud and Clear", a song Wolanin co-wrote with her older sister Victoria, was released as a single on June 4, 2007 to dance and club radio. "Loud and Clear", was featured on an episode of the MTV series The Hills.
Wolanin released a six-song EP, Girl, in 2009, composed of six songs written both by herself and with her sister, some dating to when she was 13 years old. An acoustic version of that EP's "So Close" was included on the compilation album Majic Miracle Music Vol. 3, a benefit for the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children.
Wolanin released Whitney Wolanin 1 in April 2011, a six-song EP of original compositions, which she recorded while attending Vanderbilt University.
Wolanin, at age 21, released her radio single, "Honesty" on January 9, 2012. This single, which she wrote and recorded, spent over 36 weeks on the national airplay charts (Billboard & Mediabase) and peaked at #21 in April 2012.
A Whitney Wolanin mini-album Let's Be Honest Part 1 was released Tues., August 14 in the US and internationally on iTunes. It features 5 new original songs plus a version of her hit "Honesty."
In December 2012, Whitney released "Frosty The Snowman (2012)" and the song went Top 20 peaking at #13 on Billboard/BDS.
Whitney's newest single, "Wrong Guy (I Did It This Time)" was released on Monday, February 11, 2013. Whitney self-penned and recorded the song, which is all about wanting the someone that you shouldn't. “Wrong Guy” went Top 20 on Billboard and MediaBase, peaking at #15, and stayed on the charts for an impressive 30+ weeks. As a result of the success of “Wrong Guy” Whitney has been selected for 4 separate categories on Grammy Ballots including Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Record of the Year, and Best Solo Performance. In addition, the Wrong Guy (I Did It This Time) lyric video was ranked in the Top 10 amongst all other lyric videos.
Whitney will release her new Christmas single “Run, Run, Rudolph” as part of a mini album in November 2013. Also simultaneous with the release of the song will be a film Run, Run Rudolph starring Whitney Wolanin (a Short Parody HD Music Film in 1080P) filmed on original location of the authentic “A Christmas Story” House in Cleveland, Ohio.