The powerful voice behind 80s synth-funk pioneers The Gap Band, Charlie Wilson also enjoyed success as a solo artist and as a regular collaborator of Snoop Dogg and Kanye West. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1953, Wilson first began performing in his Pentecostal minister father’s church and school choir before joining forces with brothers Robert and Ronnie to form The Gap Band in 1973. The group initially struggled to find an audience but eventually broke through to the mainstream in 1979 with their second consecutive self-titled LP. The group became one of the biggest R&B acts of the early 80s, scoring US Hot 100 hits with “Early in the Morning,” “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” and “Yearning for Your Love,” and pioneering an electro-funk sound which drew inspiration from the likes of Sly and the Family Stone, Rick James and George Clinton. Having previously provided guest vocals for Stevie Wonder and Zapp & Roger, Wilson then launched his solo career properly in 1992 with You Turn My Life Around, and became an unlikely favorite of the 90s hip-hop scene, contributing to tracks by 2Pac, Mystikal and most notably Snoop Dogg, who would call upon Wilson’s vocal talents several times throughout the next two decades. Long-awaited sophomore Bridging the Gap finally arrived in 2000, while 2005’s Charlie, Love Wilson saw Wilson begin to attract a new younger audience thanks to production work from R. Kelly, will.i.am and Justin Timberlake, also scoring his first solo hit with the title track. Wilson then began another fruitful partnership with a superstar rapper, Kanye West, on the track “Crack Music,” and added Pharrell, U.G.K. and Lil’ Kim to his list of collaborators before achieving the highest chart peak of his enduring career when 2009’s Uncle Charlie reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Featuring guest spots from Jamie Foxx and T-Pain, the record also gave Wilson his first solo Grammy nomination and was quickly followed in 2010 by fifth LP, Just Charlie. The Gap Band officially called it a day later that same year, but Wilson continued as a solo artist, adding to his catalog with 2013’s Love, Charlie and 2015’s Forever Charlie before heading out on a North American tour with Kem and Joe.
Just Charlie (2010)
Uncle Charlie (2009)
Charlie, Last Name Wilson (2005)
Bridging The Gap (2000)
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6-4-15: Charlie Wilson, whose Forever Charlie Tour second leg, began on May 28th has 12 more shows remaining before the finale on June 21st in Georgia. The current tour average on the secondary market $122.66 includes performances in 10 different states and features special guests Kem and Joe. Fans should note the least expensive concert this tour will be June 7th at The Mann Center For The Performing Arts in Philadelphia. A below tour average price of $51.01 and a get-in price starting at $42 highlight this date.
6-2-15: Charlie Wilson in the second round of his Forever Charlie Tour comes to Rochester, NY in just 4 days. Tickets for this June 4th show at Blue Cross Arena average $102.98 with a get-in price starting at only $21. June 5th the tour will continue in New York at the Times Union Center, averaging a slightly higher $103.68. The first week of June will wrap up with a performance at Mohegan Sun Arena – Connecticut. This will be the most expensive ticket this week, averaging $114.25 with a get-in price of $52.
5-7-15: R&B singer Charlie Wilson is out on the road this spring performing for his fans and his next upcoming event is scheduled for this Saturday May 9 at the Metropolitan Park Jacksonville, Funk Festival in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Charlie Wilson Tour Dates
Forever Charlie Tour
5-28-2015 – Grand Prairie, TX at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
5-29-2015 – North Little Rock, AR at Verizon Arena
5-30-2015 – Jackson, MS at Mississippi Coliseum
5-31-2015 – Saint Louis, MO at Scottrade Center
6-4-2015 – Rochester, NY at Blue Cross Arena
6-5- 2015 – Albany, NY at Times Union Center
6-6-2015 – Uncasville, CT at Mohegan Sun Arena
6-7-2015- Philadelphia, PA at The Mann Center for Performing Arts Center
6-11-2015 – Indianapolis, IN at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
6-12-2015 – Columbus, OH at Nationwide Arena
6-13-2015 – Clarkston, MI at DTE Energy Music Theatre
6-14-2015 – Milwaukee, WI at BMO Harris Bradley Center
6-17-2015 – Charlotte, NC at Bojangles Coliseum
6-19-2015 – Miami, FL at American Airlines Arena
6-20-2015 – Tampa, FL at Amalie Arena
6-21-2015 – Columbus, GA at Columbus Civic Center
6-26-2015 – Del Mar, CA at Del Mar Fairgrounds
6-27-2015 – Rancho Mirage, CA at Agua Caliente Casino
9-19-2015 – Atlanta, GA at Chastain Park Amphitheatre