For four days last week in New Orleans, the Essence Music Festival featured R&B legends and rising stars. And Billboard.com has ranked Tulsa native Charlie Wilson’s performance the best of the fest, over Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige and comeback story D’Angelo.
Here’s the high praise Erika Ramirez of Billboard’s The Juice blog had for Uncle Charlie’s set:
Charlie Wilson put on a spectacle of a show on Friday night (July 9). The former Gap Band frontman, donning glow-in-the-dark, bright colored outfits, kept concertgoers on their feet for his entire 2 hour set, performing classics like “Outstanding,” Yearning For Love,” and more. Wilson took advantage of the fans’ apparent enjoyment and participation to get personal and confess to being sober of cocaine addiction and alcoholism for 18 years. Another highlight of Wilson’s show occurred in the latter part of his set when he brought out the Solero Brothers, two Puerto Rican singers whom he discovered and signed, for a Spanish-English rendition of “You Are.”