Have you heard Charlie Wilson’s latest CD yet? It is classic. I’ve been a fan of his since the Gap Band days. His voice never gets old. If you haven’t picked up a copy of Forever Charlie, I highly recommend it.
FOREVER CHARLIE TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS KEM AND JOE Tour Schedule
(order CD and tour tickets: http://myplay.me/1cv2)
Feb. 18 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
Feb. 20 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Feb. 21 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Feb. 22 Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena
Feb. 26 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Arena
Feb. 27 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
Feb. 28 Chicago, IL United Center
March 1 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
March 5 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
March 6 Norfolk, VA Constant Center
March 7 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
March 8 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
March 10 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
March 13 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre
March 14 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
March 15 Houston, TX Toyota Center
March 18 Mobile, AL Civic Center
March 19 Boosier City, LA Century Link Center
March 21 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy
March 22 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
March 25 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre
March 26 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre
March 27 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
For the latest on Charlie Wilson please visit his official website at www.charliewilsonmusic.com
Charlie Wilson Interview – From the Archives
I did this interview with Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band when he released his first solo project, Charlie, Last Name Wilson.
Shelia Goss: How has your life changed since going solo?
Charlie Wilson: It’s made me focus a lot. I’ve been working out and doing a lot of things to get prepared for this.
Shelia: You’ve worked with R Kelly, Justin Timberlake and others. How did all of that come about?
Charlie: After R Kelly came on board, everybody else wanted to get on the album. I was really amazed on how many big named producers wanted to work on it.
Shelia: What’s different about this album than your previous ones?
Charlie: The storytelling. This generation tells a story different than the way we used to tell it. We did it the subliminal way. They straight talk about it. Today’s R & B artists sing a different story.
If they want to talk about sex, they do.
Shelia: Are any of the songs reflective of your real life experiences?
Charlie: Basically some of “NO WORDS”. The song is coming from a woman’s perspective. We, as men, tend to not treat woman like queens. Looking back at my earlier relationships, I did that so many times. Now, I treat my woman with respect.
Shelia: Who are some of the new music artists you listen to?
Charlie: Mariah Carey, John Legend, Alicia Keys, and Kem. They are not afraid to have their own style.
Shelia: In your opinion, what’s the difference between the love songs from say the 80s and the ones being made today?
Charlie: They are telling great stories, but differently. People want to hear details with the story you’re telling.
Shelia: What advice would you give new R & B singers?
Charlie: When your dreams come true, don’t take the money you’re making and blow it. Don’t get tangled up in the fame and fortune. We’re not promised this. Stay focused and don’t get caught up in the clutches of Satan–drugs and alcohol, girls, entourages. You’ll look up and there’ll be no money and everybody will be gone and there’ll be nobody trying to help you. Stay focused and continue to dream. Dream big and trust in the Lord.
Shelia: What’s one thing your fans don’t know about you that you’re willing to share?
Charlie: A lot of my fans don’t know that I had an alcohol and drug problem that almost took my life. I wondered what I was going to do next, but by the grace of God, I’ve been clean and sober for almost eleven years now.
Shelia M. Goss is an entertainment writer and national bestselling author of over twenty books.