Charlie Wilson has been making music for more than 40 years, but he doesn’t live in the glory days of yesteryear. He keeps recording and doing what he loves best.
“In It to Win It is one of the best albums I’ve ever put out,” said Wilson, who spent years with the Gap Band before his solo career. He will be at Bell Auditorium on May 13.
Released in February, In It to Win It debuted in the top spot on Billboard’s R&B albums chart and No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200. The first single from the album, I’m Blessed, featuring T.I., hit second on the Billboard Adult R&B singles’ chart.
The album’s title reflects Wilson’s life. The 64-year-old singer said he gives every song, every concert, everything he does his all.
“It’s just a passion I have,” he said. “I’m going to keep going until the day they put me in the ground. As long as I’m breathing, I’m going to dance and sing like I’m 20.”
The R&B superstar has received 11 Grammy nominations and BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He began his career with the Gap Band singing songs such as You Dropped the Bomb on Me, Outstanding and Yearning For Your Love. He’s excited about returning to Augusta because it holds a special place for him as the home of the Godfather of Soul.
“I love Augusta, and I loved James Brown,” he said. “His fans have always been there for me, and I’ll never forget the city.”
And he notes that James Brown’s mark on the music world will never be erased.
“He was the most powerful entertainer we’ve ever had. People are still making careers from his movements, but I’ve never heard anyone sing like him,” he said.
No. 1 hits, which include There Goes My Baby and My Love is All I Have, but he doesn’t mind singing songs by request.
He said the best way to get that point across is to make some sort of sign with the song title so he can see it. When fans scream out the names of songs, they tend to get garbled in the crowd, but a sign, he said he’s almost sure to see.
He has a message for his Augusta fans.
“I’m going to give you all I’ve got,” he said.
Doors for the concert will open at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $57 to $107. For more, visit augustaentertainmentcomplex.com.