Charlie Wilson has to be one of the greatest Soul/R&B artists of all time and is still going strong. But Charlie’s road was never smooth, it was in fact full of bumps and obstacles that he had to overcome.
For those who don’t know, Wilson was apart of a Funk/R&B/Soul band called ‘The Gap Band’. He was a song-writer and lead vocalists for a group that included his brothers Ronnie and Robert Wilson. They started out in the late 1960′s but rose to fame during the 70′s and 80′s.
The group was originally named the Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band when they first started but the brothers decided to shorten it to The Gap Band in 1973.
Charlie set off to seek a solo career in the early 1990′s and has had some R&B hits of his own. But like I said, the road to fame wasn’t all that smooth. It’s a rags to riches story that showcases a young man from Tulsa, Oklahoma who once had it all, but lost it all due to poor choices.
He would be faced with some of the most difficult tests that many people have faced. He’s battled drug addiction and was even homeless at one time in his life despite being in a popular band.
The 60 year old ‘Uncle Charlie’ Wilson and his brothers were honored as a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI Urban Awards in August of 2005. About five years later the brothers decided to retire the group. A year that Charlie ended up losing his brother Robert to a heart attack.
Since then, Charlie has been up for some Grammy Nominations including Best Gospel Song for “If I Believe”. The song is off his latest album “Love, Charlie” and is the number one track. I absolutely love this album. I purchased it the day it was released, which will be almost a year from the end of January.
Now a website called ‘YouKnowIGotSoul.com’ put together a bunch of clips and photos of Charlie from the past and present time in honor of him being nominated once again. It’s an awesome video to watch, especially if you’re a fan of his work.
Anyways, here’s the video.
Past nominations: 2012 Best R&B Performance and R&B Song for “You Are”, 2010 Best R&B Album for “Uncle Charlie”, 2010 Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “There Goes My Baby”, Best Rap/Song Collaboration with Pharrell and Snoop Dogg for “Beautiful” and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals with Luke, Mr. X, Melle Mel, Yo-Yo, Chaka Khan, Da Luniz, Shaquille O’Neal, Quincy Jones & Coolio for “Stomp”.
He’s won 13 Honors including Major Label Album of the Year for ‘Love, Charlie’ and the Soul Train Icon Award in 2009 among others.