Charles “Charlie” Wilson was born on January 29,1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Charlie is an R&B/ soul singer, he is best known from being the lead singer for the Gap band. He was the son of the Rev. Oscar Wilson and from a child he sang with his brothers Ronnie and Robert for his church. Later forming the Gap band, they were hired by rock musician Leon Russell in 1974 and released their debut album Magician’s Holiday. After the split of the Gap Band between the years 1993-95 Charlie hit rock bottom. Drug and alcohol drove Wilson to become homeless. In 1994, he joined a Los Angeles rehabilitation Center for 28 days and later married his center’s director Mahin Wilson.
Charlie decided to revive his career. By 1996, Wilson was the first artist signed to Doggystyle Records, founded by rapper Snoop Dogg. With his 2000 album Bridging the Gap produced the top 40 R&B hit “Without You”. Charlie became the few figures from the 80s to have such a successful comeback. The multi-talent singer is currently still at the top of his game, having his seventh Grammy nomination for his song “If I Believe” as Best Gospel Song. Following his two 2014 NAACPP Image Award Nominations for Outstanding Male Artist and Outstanding Album.