11-time Grammy nominee. Showman extraordinaire. Hit-making singer/songwriter whose second act is trumping his legendary first run. Not many contemporary artists can lay claim to such superlatives. Charlie Wilson can. And Wilson, co-founder of iconic funk trio the Gap Band, has no intentions of slowing down. In fact, in 2014, Wilson wrapped the year with two Grammy nominations—Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song —for his singing and songwriting contributions to Kanye West’s “Bound 2.”
The Valentine’s day show at Quicken Loans Arena comes just three days ahead of the release of Wilson’s seventh solo effort, ‘In It to Win It.’ The new record features musical guests Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, Robin Thicke, Wiz Khalifa, and TI. The first single, “I’m Blessed,” (featuring T.I) is out now!
“2017 is going to be an epic year for Charlie Wilson. In addition to his upcoming arena tour, we have a great new album that includes some of today’s top musical artists,” stated Michael Paran, Wilson’s manager and CEO of P Music Group. “The new album represents some of the best music Charlie has recorded in his career thus far. He has a very diverse fan base and there is something on this album for everyone.”
Charlie Wilson has received numerous awards during his critically-acclaimed career including eleven Grammy nominations and a 2013 BET Lifetime Achievement Award which included performances by Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx and India Arie.
So what’s the secret behind Wilson’s ongoing contemporary foothold? Start with emotion-packed, full-bodied tenor vocals and real-life lyrics that soar above the formulaic, auto-tuned clutter that dictates most of popular music. As Billboard related in a 2015 review, “Over snap-and-swing doo-wop-inspired production, the Gap Band co-founder sings sweetly about his loved one’s smooches. At 61 years old, Wilson is still as convincing a romantic as ever.
What better way to spend Valentine’s day with Wilson’s hits including “There Goes My Baby” ?
American Idol champion (season 3; 2004) Fantasia will also perform! Following her victory, she released her debut single, “I Believe,” which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequently, she released her debut album, ‘Free Yourself,’ which went on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA and garnered Fantasia three Grammy nominations in 2006.
In 2013, Barrino returned to American Idol singing “Lose to Win.” The performance dubbed “dynamic, passionate and powerful” won her fervent expressions of approval from the show’s current judges and a wild ovation from the live audience. Moreover, she has received rave reviews in the media for the performance.Later in 2013,, Fantasia returned to Broadway in the musical After Midnight. On October 16, 2014, she was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
Barrino has been nicknamed “Baby Patti LaBelle” by her idol Patti LaBelle. (LaBelle, by the way, plays the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield, OH on February 10!)
All seats are reserved and priced at $103, $68, $58 or $48
Tickets subject to additional fees and can be purchased in person at the Quicken Loans Arena box office, all Northern Ohio Discount Drug Mart locations, or online, below:
Every ticket purchased online for the In It To Win It Tour comes with one physical copy of the In It To Win It album! Customers will receive a redemption email shortly after their purchase with instructions on how to secure their copy of the CD. Any album redemption submitted before the album release date will be received by the customer on the official album release date.