Here are some interesting things about Charlie Wilson. He is just one of many entertainers already booked for the 2014 Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage.  To book a cabin, check out pricing, the itinerary, and see who else will be performing, click here:  Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage 2014

 

1. Behind the Jam: Charlie Wilson

Charlie Wilson was born Charles Kent Wilson on January 29, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He turned 60 years old this year. (Photo: PR Photos)

2. Behind the Jam: Charlie Wilson

Charlie was around the age of three when he started singing in church which led the way for him to sing in his junior high school’s choir. He attended high school at Booker T. Washington. (Photo: PR Photos)

3. Behind the Jam: Charlie Wilson

Charlie and his brothers, Robert & Ronnie helped define and popularize an upbeat form of music with their group The Gap Band. (Photo: PR Photos)

4. Behind the Jam: Charlie Wilson

The group’s songs like “Outstanding”, “Party Train”, “Yearning for Your Love”, “Burn Rubber on Me”, “You Dropped a Bomb on Me”, and “Oops Upside Your Head” are among their immense catalog and some of the most sampled songs in music history. (Photo: PR Photos)

5. Behind the Jam: Charlie Wilson

After 15 albums, The Gap Band announced their retirement in 2010. (Photo: PR Photos)

6. Behind the Jam: Charlie Wilson

Charlie is a singer, songwriter, producer and plays the drums, organ and keyboards. He has influenced many of today’s popular artists; R. Kelly, T.I., Snoop, Kanye, etc. (Photo: PR Photos)

7. Behind the Jam: Charlie Wilson

Wilson is also known as ‘Uncle Charlie’ a nickname given to him by his good friend Snoop Dogg. (Photo: PR Photos)

8. Behind the Jam: Charlie Wilson

Michael Paran, CEO of P Music Group, persuaded Charlie to embark on a solo career and his 1st solo album ‘Bridging the Gap’ scored them their first No. 1 Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary single ‘Without You’. (Photo: PR Photos)

9. Behind the Jam: Charlie Wilson

Wilson and Paran did it again with the album ‘Charlie, Last Name Wilson’ which was certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.(Photo: PR Photos)

10. Behind the Jam: Charlie Wilson

Charlie has been a sought after vocalist and contributor/collaborator to dozens of songs in the Hip-Hop, Rap, and R&B communities. (Photo: PR Photos)

11. Behind the Jam: Charlie Wilson

He has collaborated or been featured in over 40 singles with numerous artists: Lil Kim, Kanye, Boyz II Men, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Snoop, Quincy Jones, R. Kelly, Ron Isley, Pharrell, Common, Pushu T, Big Sean, Mint Condition, Avant, etc. (Photo: PR Photos)

12. Behind the Jam: Charlie Wilson

Charlie is also a big supporter of the Troops. He and his band have traveled to Kuwait and Iraq four times. (Photo: Tumblr)

13. Behind the Jam: Charlie Wilson

Charlie’s last trip in November 2011 was a special request by the U.S. Armed Forces for his return and perform at 5 bases in Kuwait to the thousands of troops stationed there before they returned home from their withdrawal from Iraq under President Barack Obama’s campaign promise. (Photo: Tumblr)

14. Behind the Jam: Charlie Wilson

As a solo artist he has been nominated for six Grammy awards, received a 2009 Soul Train Icon Award, was named Billboard magazine’s No. 1 Adult R&B Artist, and his song “There Goes My Baby” was named the No. 1 Urban Adult Song for 2009 in Billboard Magazine. (Photo: PR Photos)

15. Behind the Jam: Charlie Wilson

In 2013, Charlie received the BET Lifetime Achievement Award. (Photo: PR Photos)

16. Behind the Jam: Charlie Wilson

Charlie is a cancer survivor and is now the National Spokesperson for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.(Photo: PR Photos)

17. Behind the Jam: Charlie Wilson

Uncle Charlie will be performing on the 2014 Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage. (Photo: PR Photos)