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Video: Charlie Wilson to celebrate birthday with January release of new album "Love, Charlie," play Friday night in Thackerville

by Brandy McDonnell Published: November 29, 2012

Grammy-nominated RCA Records recording artist and R&B icon Charlie Wilson, who hails from Tulsa, is preparing to celebrate his 60th birthday with the release of his new, highly-anticipated album, “Love, Charlie,” on Jan. 29. The album will be available for pre-order at iTunes, Amazon.com and other leading retailers on Dec. 11.

The first single, “My Love Is All I Have,” is already a top 10 hit on the Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary Chart. Check out the video for the ballad, posted above.

The selection of songs on “Love, Charlie” cover the various aspects of love that people experience – from the joy of discovering it on “I Think I’m In Love,” to one’s heart speaking to another’s on the lead single, “My Love is All I Have,” according to a news release. For the Oklahoma native, the love of self and faith in God is represented on “If I Believe,” his most poignant song on the album.

“The first track on ‘Love, Charlie’ sets the tone for this project,” says Wilson in the release. “As everyone knows I have not only survived some of life’s challenges, I have been triumphant and ‘If I Believe’ is my testimony which I hope will inspire others.”

Wilson, whose career began with his brothers as the incomparable and funky GAP Band, has been enjoying an extraordinary solo career which includes two Grammy nominations for each of his last two albums, “Uncle Charlie” and “Just Charlie.” The latter release spawned the chart-topping hit “You Are” which claimed the No. 1 spot Billboard’s Urban Adult Contemporary chart for 13 consecutive weeks.

In addition to his success as a solo artist, Wilson has collaborated with numerous chart-topping artists and producers including Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly, Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, Fantasia, T. Pain, Justin Timberlake and his recent performance on the 2012 Soul Train Awards with 2 Chainz.

With a repertoire of many hit songs, Wilson continues to perform to sold-out audiences around the country including his critically acclaimed and heralded performance at the 2012 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. The following quote in the New Orleans Times Picayune says it all: “…a performance that left the Dome crying ‘Uncle.’ There’s really no other way to put it – Charlie Wilson is a force of nature.”

Wilson will play a home state show at 9 p.m. Friday at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville. For more information, go to http://winstarworldcasino.com/events.

Check out the track listing for “Love, Charlie” after the break.

Love, Charlie – Track listing and credits:

1. If I Believe

Produced by: Wirlie “Optimas Pryme” Morris & Charlie Wilson

Written by: Wirlie Morris, Charlie Wilson, Mahin Wilson, Michael Paran

2. I Still Have You

Produced by: Gregg Pagani & Charlie Wilson

Written by: Gregg Pagani, Lance Tolbert, Edwin “Lil Eddie” Serrano, Jimmy Burney, Charlie Wilson, Mahin Wilson

3. I Think I’m In Love

Produced by: Emile Ghantous and Erik Nelson & Charlie Wilson

Written by: Emile Ghantous, Erik Nelson, Charlie Wilson, Dominic Gomez, Mahin Wilson

4. My Love Is All I Have

Produced by: Wirlie “Optimas Pryme” Morris & Charlie Wilson

Written by: Wirlie Morris, Charlie Wilson, Mahin Wilson, Michael Paran

5. Our Anniversary

Produced by: Gregg Pagani & Charlie Wilson.

Written by: Gregg Pagani, Lance Tolbert, Edwin “Lil Eddie” Serrano, Charlie Wilson, Mahin Wilson

6. Turn Off The Lights

Produced by: Wirlie “Optimas Pryme” Morris & Charlie Wilson

Written by: Wirlie Morris, Charlie Wilson, Mahin Wilson, Michael Paran

7. A Million Ways To Love You

Produced by: Gregg Pagani & Charlie Wilson

Written by: Gregg Pagani, Lance Tolbert, Edwin “Lil Eddie” Serrano, Charlie Wilson, Mahin Wilson, William Serrano

8. Show You

Produced by: Wirlie “Optimas Pryme” Morris & Charlie Wilson

Written by: Wirlie Morris, Charlie Wilson, James R. Smith, Eric N. Grant, Mahin Wilson, Michael Paran

9. My Baby

Produced by: Charlie “Phantom” Singleton & Charlie Wilson

Written by: Charlie Singleton, Charlie Wilson, Mahin Wilson, Michael Paran

10. Oooh Wee

Produced by: Wirlie “Optimas Pryme” Morris & Charlie Wilson

Written by: Wirlie Morris, Charlie Wilson, Clarice Bell, Carl M. Days, Jr., Mahin Wilson, Michael Paran

11. Say

Produced by: Wirlie “Optimas Pryme” & Charlie Wilson

Written by: Wirlie Morris, Charlie Wilson, James R. Smith, Eric N. Grant, Mahin Wilson, Michael Paran

12. Whisper ft. Keith Sweat

Produced by: Wirlie “Optimas Pryme” Morris & Charlie Wilson

Written by: Wirlie Morris, Charlie Wilson, Dennis Bettis, Carl M. Days, Jr., Clarice Bell, Mahin Wilson, Michael Paran

-BAM

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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