That essence is currently commanding center stage with the sparkling ballad “My Love Is All I Have.” No one slam-dunks a ballad like Wilson, the Grammy-nominated multi-talent behind the 15-week Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary chart-topper “You Are.
” And that truth remains undisputed with “My Love Is All I Have.” A top five Urban AC hit after only five weeks, the fast-rising track is the lead single from Wilson’s fourth solo album Love, Charlie through P Music/RCA Records.
Initially signed to MCA and then Interscope as a solo artist, Wilson has come a long way from the highs of his The Gap Band heyday to the lows of his alcohol and drug addictions. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native formed the pivotal R&B funk trio with brothers Ronnie and Robert.
Raised by a minister father and mother who served as the state’s minister of music, the siblings hit the charts running in the late ‘70s and ‘80s with a string of hits. These included “Outstanding,” “You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” “Yearning For Your Love,” “Early in the Morning,” “I Don’t Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops Up Side Your Head),” “Party Train,” “Wednesday Lover” and “All of My Love.
” The group retired in 2010. Working past his addictions, Wilson—sober now for 18 years—signed with Jive in 2004 after landing his first No. 1 Billboard Urban AC hit in 2000, “Without You.” His gold-certified Jive debut, 2005’s Charlie Last Name Wilson, yielded a top 15 R&B single via the title track.
Uncle Charlie arrived in 2009, garnering the artist two Grammy nominations: Best R&B Album and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for the hit single “There Goes My Baby.” A year later, Wilson stepped back up to the plate with Just Charlie and his biggest hit to date, “You Are.
” After 13 consecutive weeks at No. 1, the song scored two Grammy nods for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance. Also in 2009, he was named Billboard’s No. 1 Adult Artist and his single, “You Are” the No.
1 Adult R&B Song that same year. In addition to his six Grammy nominations Wilson is a recipient of the 2005 BMI Icon Award, the 2009 Soul Train Icon Award and will be honored with Living Legend Award by the Trumpet Awards in January, 2013.
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