TEMECULA, Calif. – (February 5, 2020) – After notching 10 #1 singles, 13 GRAMMY® Award nominations, a New York Times best-selling memoir and ongoing sold-out, coast-to-coast arena tours, Charlie Wilson has proven he isn’t planning to slow down anytime soon. Charlie Wilson will perform live in the Pechanga Theater on Sunday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m. Now on sale, tickets start at $69 and can be purchased at the Pechanga Box Office, by calling (888) 810-8871 or online at Pechanga.com.
Wilson hit the ground in 2020 with the release of his new single, “Forever Valentine,” produced by Bruno Mars which he performed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on January 28, 2020. “Forever Valentine” is currently Top 15 at R&B radio and has continued as the #1 airplay gainer for two weeks. At this year’s GRAMMY® Awards he performed platinum record “Earfquake” with GRAMMY® Award winner for Best Rap Album for “Igor”, Tyler, The Creator, and Boyz II Men.
Before launching his solo career in 2000, Wilson racked up a string of hits in the late ‘70s and ‘80s as front man with the Gap Band. The pioneering R&B/funk group charted such frequently sampled classics as “Outstanding,” “Yearning for Your Love,” “Burn Rubber on Me,” “You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” and “Early in the Morning.”
Wilson signed to Jive (now RCA) in 2004 after landing his first No. 1 Billboard Adult R&B hit in 2000, “Without You.” Since then, he’s released six solo albums and became a consistent chart presence. His tally of 19 hits boasts seven more Adult R&B #1s. Among them: “My Love Is All I Have,” “You Are” and “There Goes My Baby.” While garnering 13 GRAMMY® nominations and other industry accolades, including BET’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Wilson’s latest album, “In It to Win It” (2017) includes a 2019 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance for the track “Made For Love,” his enchanting duet with Lalah Hathaway. In 2018 Charlie was also nominated for three 2018 NAACP Image Awards: Outstanding Male Artist, Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration and Outstanding Album. In May, 2018, The National Museum of African American Music honored Wilson with their Rhapsody & Rhythm Award at their Legends Celebration.
Wilson continues his reign as “Uncle Charlie,” the lovable nickname originally given to him by Snoop Dogg, by being one of the most highly sought-after entertainers for today’s top hip-hop and pop artists.
In the years between the Gap Band’s heyday and his solo success, Wilson survived drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness and prostate cancer. He chronicled his odds-defying life and career in his 2015 New York Time and Washington Post best-selling memoir, I Am Charlie Wilson. As a tribute to his 25 years of sobriety, helping homeless addicts and educating the African American community about prostate cancer, Wilson was honored at the 2018 NAACP Image Awards with the first ever Music Makes A Difference Award.