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Charlie Wilson (born January 29th, 1953) is an American R&B and soul singer from Oklahoma, US, formerly the lead vocalist of The Gap Band.
From the age of three, singing has always been an important part of Charlie Wilson's life, training his vocal chords as part of the church choir before eventually forming The Gap Band with his two brothers. The group would go on to have a successful career for over four decades, with their infectious brand of upbeat funk being a constant feature of the American music scene.
Wilson began a solo career alongside The Gap Band, with his 2000 record, "Bridging The Gap" reaching number 30 in the US R&B charts, featuring guest appearances from Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg. This hit album was followed by Wilson signing with the Jive record company for the release of "Charlie, Last Name Wilson" in 2005 achieving greater success, reaching number 10 in the US charts.
The album went on to be certified Gold.
Wilson has enjoyed chart success ever since, featuring on a number of collaborative efforts with Hip Hop artists as well as his own recordings. His 2009 release, "Uncle Charlie" as Snoop Dogg affectionately refers to him as, went to number two in the US charts, with Wilson reaching the top ten again with 2013's "Love Charlie." Wilson has featured alongside artists including Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and U.G.K.
Charlie Wilson has received a number of accolades in his solo career, including seven Grammy Awards nominations and a Soul Train Icon Award in 2009. He has been highly influential in the R&B
and Hip-Hop world, influencing the likes of Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and R. Kelly.
Seeing Charlie Wilson live was such a treat for me and my husband. I'd been listening to his music for years and jumped at the opportunity to see his concert.
He's a joy to see and gets the crowd really involved by asking questions right at the start and introducing his music.He was dressed in a really snazzy white suit. He didn't talk that long and jumped right into the show. I was excited to see two ladies walk on stage in white costumes waving these magnificent sheer wings to the music. It was stunning. They were collapsible and when they stood with their arms straight up, they were like stretched out fans glistening in the lights.His rich voice filled the room and the crowd was silent for a time, then they started singing the chorus with him.
Charlie really got into the music. My favorites were "Turn Off The Lights" and "Life of the Party".He's quite the performer. He plays his new stuff and some of the great older stuff as well. I was worried I might not get to hear some of the classics, so I was really excited. He encouraged the fans to sing along and it was so enjoyable. Read more
Amazing! Uncle Charlie did his thang! from his old jams to his new songs, Charlie absolutely rocked the audience with his awesome performance! Truly loved it! Will definitely see him on tour again. Also Joe and Kem were really good too! So glad that hubby and I went. We both definitely enjoyed ourselves Read more