Formerly the lead singer of the legendary funk and R&B group The Gap Band, Charlie Wilson has been in the music business for nearly 50 years. During his career, he has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, 10 NAACP Image Awards, and has received a number of other awards for his work. Known to many as "Uncle Charlie," the artist has been featured on songs with rappers, pop singers, and other rhythm and blues artists as well. He still performs for packed crowds around the world, a testament to his fame and storied career.
The Family That Prays Together, Stays Together
Charlie Wilson got his start in singing at his family's church where he and his brothers would sing praise and worship songs before his father's sermons. Accompanied by his mother on the piano, Charlie and his brothers developed a love for the performing arts. He went on to join the choir in middle school and direct his college marching band before formally starting a secular music group with his brothers. They got their big break and became the backup band for Leon Russell when Charlie was 21 years old. The group's sound became popular, and the trio went on to make 15 studio albums before retiring the group in 2010.
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What were the names of Charlie Wilson's solo albums?
Charlie Wilson had eight solo albums released between 1992 and 2017. They include You Turn My Life Around, Bridging the Gap, Charlie, Last Name Wilson, Uncle Charlie, Just Charlie, Love, Charlie, Forever Charlie and In It to Win It.
Has there ever been a Charlie Wilson tribute?
Yes. BET awarded Charlie the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Artists including Jamie Foxx, India.Arie, Stevie Wonder and Justin Timberlake took the stage to perform Charlie's songs for a stadium full of peers and a national television audience. The show earned the cable TV network the highest ratings it had achieved in years.
With nearly five decades of making music, Charlie has a huge selection of hits to choose from. His recent performances have included favorites such as "Party Train," "Early in the Morning," "Beautiful," "Good Times (Everybody)," "There Goes My Baby," "Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)," "Humpin'," "Baby I"m a Star," "Charlie, Last Name Wilson," "Chills," "Party Over Here" and "I Know You're Tired of Loving."
Did Charlie Wilson ever stop doing music?
Yes. From 1993 to 1995, Charlie struggled with an addiction to cocaine and alcohol that caused him to become homeless, sleeping on the streets of Hollywood. Eventually, he checked in to a drug rehabilitation center for help getting clean and returning to music. Several years later, in 2008, Charlie was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which temporarily took him from the stage. His treatment was successful and even resulted in Charlie penning the song, "Mission," to encourage others to get tested for the disease.Back to Top
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