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About Charlie Wilson
As one of the most distinguished voices in R&B music, Charlie Wilson needs no introduction. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native and former lead singer of the funkadelic brotherly trio, the GAP Band, is now going two for two with his second solo album on Jive Records, entitled UNCLE CHARLIE. The album was released February 17, 2009 debuting #1 on Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Chart and #2 on the Billboard Pop Chart. This album debut was a career high for Wilson, charting higher than any of his previous projects including GAP Band albums.
Once dubbed “the de-facto father of new jack swing,” artists like Aaron Hall and R. Kelly have long paid homage to his characteristic vocal style. Labelmate, Kelly, wrote and produced the hit single, “Charlie Last Name Wilson,” from the gold-certified CD of the same name. From classic R&B GAP Band hits like “Yearning for Your Love” and “Outstanding” to collaborations with Justin Timberlake on “Signs” and Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams on the Grammy nominated track “Beautiful,” Wilson continues embracing contemporary music with his phenomenal vocal style and unique licks.
Wilson makes his latest guest appearance on Lil Kim’s hot new single “Download” also featuring T-Pain. The song is a remake of Zapp’s “Computer Love” which Wilson both helped create and guest starred on with Roger Troutman and Shirley Murdock. “Roger and I were best friends and competitors back in the day. He asked me what he should do next in his career and I told him he should do a ballad. He asked me if I could help him and I did. We created the concept that he and I would design a woman on the computer and she would come to life. I added my licks and that was it!”
Lil Kim had asked Wilson for his blessing to remake the song. Wilson had declined to appear on the many remakes of “Computer Love” but when Lil Kim sent him over the track he felt it was the right time. “I felt like Roger was looking down on me like ‘”yeah you should do this Charlie.'” “It is a true honor to be able to continue working with today’s hottest and biggest artists and as long as they still want me I am here,” Wilson says of his career’s longevity.
Wilson’s hit single “There Goes My Baby” from his new album, UNCLE CHARLIE, spent 10 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Adult R&B Chart. The hauntingly beautiful song was written by multiple Grammy winner Babyface and Calvin Richardson, and produced by Gregg Pagani. Wilson confesses “I sat with my wife in my driveway and just played the song over and over again. I knew it was the one by the way I immediately fell in love with it. I knew my fans would love it too.” Now becoming a wedding song classic, “There Goes My Baby” describes a man who experiences love at first sight with a woman at the mall. A perfect mixture of contemporary and classic R&B, the music fuses perfectly with Wilson’s enchanting vocals.
To perpetuate the success of “There Goes My Baby,” Wilson created a slam dunk video featuring none other than his favorite nephew, Snoop Dogg and Snoop’s wife Shante. The video compiled with footage, old and new, of Snoop Dogg and his wife shows what true love is all about. Family cookouts, marriage vows, and a teary-eyed Snoop Dogg are just some of the real life scenarios of the rapper and his wife that are featured. “I wanted to make a video that really showed what love is all about. Snoop and Shante have been through a lot together and through it all they remain in love. They are a real couple and a real love story,” explains Wilson.
Wilson’s latest single “Can’t Live Without You” is produced by the Underdogs, who also produced several tracks on the album. With its classic vibe and cool groove, Wilson delivers his first-class vocals as suave as ever. The song describes a woman who has had enough of coming second to her man’s lifestyle and can do nothing more but walk out the door. Once she departs the man realizes the mistakes he made and the pain he has caused her. “People are always getting together, breaking up and making up. I wanted to make a song that everyone could relate to at some point in their relationship. The words in the song are the savior to the relationship,” says Wilson.
While Wilson may be an R&B icon he is also known for his up-tempo party jams, “You Dropped A Bomb on Me” and “Early in the Morning.” UNCLE CHARLIE features a funky dance track titled “Let It Out” another track produced by Gregg Pagani. The song was recorded in Wilson’s studio during a visit with Snoop Dogg when he brought his family to Wilson’s ranch to film the Season 1 Finale of his show “Snoop Dogg’s Fatherhood.” “I played Snoop my demos for UNCLE CHARLIE and when he heard “Let It Out” he immediately began spitting his rhyme,” Wilson said. “It was like it was made for us.” The message of the song creates an even stronger dance appeal. “It is all about forgetting your problems and letting out your frustrations,” Wilson explains. “And what better way to do that then by dancing the night away?” Snoop also confesses that Charlie has taught him a lot through the years, including the art of performing for an audience. “Snoop was the one who started calling me “Uncle Charlie” and that nickname has grown to be what I am known as today, the coolest, most fly Uncle you ever had,” laughs Wilson.
Wilson’s recent television performances in 2009 include Jimmy Kimmel Live where he performed his hit single “There Goes My Baby” along with classic GAP Band hits “You Dropped the Bomb on Me,” “Outstanding,” and “Burn Rubber on Me.” Wilson’s new concert production for 2009 has proved to be quite a performance, described as a “Las Vegas Show” with high energy, beautiful dancers, a funky band, colorful costumes and wardrobe changes. While watching Wilson bust a move with his dancers it is amazing that his vocal vitality remains throughout the entire concert. So amazing in fact that V103’s Wanda Smith said, “Charlie must have a 20 year old inside him to have all that energy.” The dynamics of Wilson’s new show contains both his newest contemporary R&B hits and legendary GAP Band catalog.
While most artists would be out promoting their new album, Wilson took a different approach on his UNCLE CHARLIE album and decided to go overseas to the Middle East to perform for the U.S. Troops. “The smiles on their faces by shaking their hands, taking a picture, and watching them dancing and having a ball at the concert with their fellow soldiers are memories that will stay with me forever. I can’t wait to go back!” says Wilson. Wilson also recalls receiving the news about his impressive chart debut right before his last show at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq. “I just felt like God is good.”
Proving to be a champion in an R&B league all his own, Wilson has outdone himself again crafting one of the finest R&B albums of 2009. UNCLE CHARLIE has a little something for everyone with an impeccable composite of timeless ballads, mid-tempo melodies and upbeat dance tracks that are ideal for any mood. Whether you want to party with friends, sit and reflect on a lost love or celebrate a new found relationship, UNCLE CHARLIE is a winner!
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