Charlie Wilson, fondly known as Uncle Charlie is an American music artist who first rose to fame in the 1970s as the lead singer of the iconic R&B and funk group, The Gap Band.
Wilson produced classic hits such as Early in the Morning and All of My Love as part of the trio and later embarked on a solo music career in the year 2000. His biggest hit ‘You Are’ from the album Just Charlie occupied the number one spot on the Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary chart for thirteen consecutive weeks.
Uncle Charlie is held in high esteem for his contributions to music as part of The Gap Band. His solo career too is going strong as fans anxiously look forward to his albums and live performances.
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Charlie Wilson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on January 29, 1953. He started taking singing lessons when he was only three years old. Wilson frequently accompanied his brothers to church choirs and developed an interest in singing which led him to perform as part of the choir team in high school.
Charlie and his siblings were not allowed to listen to secular music at home. However, they still managed to listen to James Brown and Stevie Wonder and were highly inspired by their music.
The Gap Band
Charlie Wilson formed The Gap Band with his brothers Robert and Ronnie in 1973. The group was a regular act at local clubs in Tulsa. At one of their gigs, they caught the attention of an acquaintance of the renowned country rock singer, Leon Russell. They were subsequently invited to audition at his studio and hired as Russell’s backup band.
Over the following years, the trio toured along Russell, gaining much exposure, confidence and grooming. They also had the opportunity to work with the iconic musician, actor and poet, Willie Nelson.
With their self-titled studio album, The Gap Band produced Top 10 R&B hits such as Shake and I’m in Love.
With Wilson as their lead vocalist, the band continued to treat the fans with mega hit songs such as You Dropped a Bomb on Me, Yearning for Your Love and Burn Rubber On Me.
Having carved a niche in the industry over decades of hit records, singles and shows, Wilson launched a solo music career with the album Bridging the Gap in 2000. It spawned his first top Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary single, Without You.
Uncle Charlie’s following album titled Charlie, Last Name Wilson hit the shelves in 2004. Its title song was a major hit and the record received Gold certification. Since then, Charlie has consistently ranked at the top of the Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary Singles chart. His fourth solo studio effort Uncle Charlie received two Grammy nominations; one for Best R&B Vocal Performance Male and the other for Best R&B Album.
The biggest hit single of Wilson’s illustrious career is You Are. Apart from topping the charts it earned the singer two nominations at the Grammys.
Charlie Wilson’s most recent solo album In it To Win It was released in February of 2017. It debuted at the seventh spot on the Billboard 200. Among the popular songs on the record are Good Time and I’m Blessed.
In a career spanning four decades, Charlie Wilson has worked in collaboration with numerous prominent music artists. He made an appearance on Snoop Dogg’s album Tha Doggfather. The collection had Wilson’s vocals on four songs. These include Snoop Bounce, Snoop’s Upside Ya Head, Groupie and the title track. Wilson has recorded over a dozen songs with Kanye West as well.
Awards & Achievements
As of 2017, Charlie Wilson has received a total of eleven Grammy nominations. He has also been nominated at the NAACP Image Awards a total of six times, winning it once for Outstanding Album for his record Love, Charlie.
In 2013 BET honored Charlie Wilson with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Charlie Wilson tribute had renowned artists such as Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake perform renditions of Wilson’s songs. Upon the request of Justin Timberlake, Wilson too took to the stage during the performance. The tribute remains one of the most memorable and highest rated in the history of the program.
Wilson was named the Top Adult R&B Artist of the Year by the Billboard magazine in 2009 and Mediabase in 2011. He also has a BMI Icon Award and Soul Train Icon Award to his name.
Charlie Wilson Tour Tickets
Charlie Wilson is a living R&B legend. If you want to experience what real R&B is all about, you must not miss the chance to catch him live. With beautiful and talented backup dancers, flashy costumes, catchy tunes and powerful vocals, Uncle Charlie’s shows are a treat to the senses.
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