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Charlie Wilson

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Tulsa OK, United States

As the lead singer of brotherly trio The Gap Band, the pioneering group whose late 70’s early 80’s funk still serves as a guiding light for producers and singers, it has been a long road for Charlie Wilson. From the dusty roads of Tulsa, Oklahoma to the neon lights of Cali to being homeless in the city of angels, the brother has seen it all. “I went from riches to rags,” Charlie laughs. “But now it’s time for me to take it back to the stage with ‘Charlie, Last Name Wilson’.”

Anyone familiar with the rhythmic repertoire of the Gap band, including classic tracks “You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” “Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me),” and “Yearning for Your Love,” can hear traces of Charlie in the contemporary voices of current R&B royalty. Their music continues to be sampled by hundreds of artists including Madonna, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Ashanti, Will Smith, and George Michael to name a few.

“From day one, R. Kelly has always proclaimed himself a modern day Charlie Wilson,” he says. “He and I have been talking about collaborating for years, and now it’s finally happening.” On Charlie, Last Name Wilson, his first disc since 2001, the former cowboy boot wearing bro is now gator stepping in Chi-town with the king of urban grooves. “This was a big step for me, because the Gap band always did our own music,” Wilson recalls. “Letting others write and produce for me, is a big step.” Fortunately, coming through on his promise, R. Kelly has stepped to the plate to produce four mackadelic tracks.

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  • malik95ers

    Legend! I'll have to catch him at Essence, it's gonna be crazy. FYI: They're giving students discounts on tickets this year use code "EF14NE" http://www.essence.com/festival/marketing/buy-tickets

    26 Apr 7:28am Reply
  • bedroomlove

    that he is from my home town TTOWN

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • jondraf

    I'm so on love with Charlie Wilson!

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
  • BoricuaMami2010

    PLEASE DON'T READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE.TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP. THIS IS SO FREAKY. 1. say your name 10 times 2. say your mom's name 5 times 3. say your crushes name 3 times 4. paste this to 4 other songs. if you do this, your crush will kiss you on the nearest Friday. but if you read this and do not paste this, then you will have very bad luck. SEND THIS TO 5 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOU'RE DONE PRESS F6 AND YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN. THIS IS SO FREAKY BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORK

    2 Apr 2012 Reply
  • racqueljuly

    PLEASE DON'T READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE.TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP. THIS IS SO FREAKY. 1. say your name 10 times 2. say your mom's name 5 times 3. say your crushes name 3 times 4. paste this to 4 other songs. if you do this, your crush will kiss you on the nearest Friday. but if you read this and do not paste this, then you will have very bad luck. SEND THIS TO 5 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOU'RE DONE PRESS F6 AND YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN. THIS IS SO FREAKY BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORK

    28 Feb 2012 Reply
  • jmquinn011

    GOOD Friday--this is how I discovered Charlie Wilson. TY, Kanye. http://bloggerphobic.com/2012/02/03/the-daily-doof-february-3-2012/

    9 Feb 2012 Reply
  • cutelittlelady

    charlie is charlie and bad as ever.

    17 Nov 2011 Reply
  • lordnolan

    Well what can I say but it's all of that is the album.

    28 Aug 2011 Reply
  • sjm26b

    I swear Charlie Wilson was born in the wrong time. He has a Smokey Robinson/Curtis Mayfield quality to him.

    7 Jul 2011 Reply
  • CRiiSs7

    You Are is simply amazing!

    2 Jul 2011 Reply
  • LyricsRme1

    I used to LOVE the Gap Band; Charlie you have such a smooth voice - love yah dude!

    17 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Bromeo91

    I really appreciate this man. My Girl is a Dime is where it's at.

    23 May 2011 Reply
  • emapia

    Adorable voice. Just awesome.

    17 May 2011 Reply
  • BelascoBoo

    Saw him at Essence...there's a reason we luv him so. The man is a legend and true singer.

    4 May 2011 Reply
  • Karen557

    The Voices Steals My Heart

    1 Mar 2011 Reply
  • tanjazaric

    I love his voice.

    5 Feb 2011 Reply
  • CRiiSs7

    http://www.lastfm.es/user/CRiiSs7/journal/2011/01/03/44xt8b_my_best_of_2010%21%3A%29

    14 Jan 2011 Reply
  • silent-realms

    "You Are" is pretty legit.

    15 Dec 2010 Reply
  • frows

    My Girl is a Dime ♥

    10 Dec 2010 Reply
  • shaq91

    New album is fire! [2]

    7 Dec 2010 Reply
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