Charlie Wilson & Friends Perform in A Mother's Day Celebration At Ovens Auditorium
Bojangles' Coliseum will host Charlie Wilson & Friends - A Mother's Day Celebration on Sunday, May 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or at the Bojangles' Coliseum Box Office located at 2700 E. Independence Blvd. Tickets cost between $57 and $127 (plus applicable service charges) and are subject to change.
After notching eight No. 1 singles, 11 Grammy Award nominations, a best-selling memoir and ongoing sold-out, coast-to-coast arena tours, Charlie Wilson has proven his point... and he isn't planning to slow down anytime soon. Wilson underscores that declaration with his latest album, "In It to Win It" (P Music Group/RCA, Feb. 17). The set boasts lead single "I'm Blessed" featuring T.I., currently top 10 Billboard and fastest rising top ten single this year on the Urban Adult Contemporary chart. Breaking away from the tradition of using his name in the album title, Wilson also recruited an A-Team of guest features for his seventh solo album. Joining T.I. as first-timers in that circle: Pitbull, Wiz Khalifa, Robin Thicke and Lalah Hathaway. Wilson, who executive produced the 13-track album along with long time manager, Michael Paran, reunited once again with The Cartoons (Emile Ghantous, Steve Daly and Keith Hetrick), Gregg Pagani and Wirlie Morris on the creative side. New to the mix this time around: fellow songwriter/producers J.R. Rotem (Jason Derulo, Gwen Stefani, Empire), Eric Hudson (Kanye West, John Legend) and Rob Knox (Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, T.I.). Never one to shortchange his fans, Wilson unleashes his powerful tenor on the uplifting title track, the inspirational "Amazing God" and romance songs "Precious Love" and "New Addiction." To round out "In It to Win It," Wilson reunites with "nephew" Snoop Dog for the sexy romp "Gold Rush." Before launching his solo career in 2000, Wilson racked up a string of hits in the late '70s and '80s as front man with the Gap Band. The pioneering R&B/funk group charted such frequently sampled classics as "Outstanding," "Yearning for Your Love," "Burn Rubber on Me," "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" and "Early in the Morning." Wilson signed to Jive (now RCA) in 2004 after landing his first No. 1 Billboard Adult R&B hit in 2000, "Without You." Since then, he's released six solo albums and become a consistent chart presence. His tally of 19 hits boasts seven more Adult R&B No. 1s. Among them: "My Love Is All I Have," "You Are" and "There Goes My Baby." While garnering 11 Grammy nominations and other industry accolades, including BET's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, Wilson has stayed busy on the road, as he is a major concert draw, claiming the crown for top winter tour of 2015 with his Forever Charlie arena, or in the studio. "I'm looking forward to reaching a new swath of fans on this tour and with the release of my new album," pledges Wilson. "And, I'm not stopping because 'I Am In It To Win It.'"
Bojangles' Coliseum first opened in 1955 as the largest unsupported steel dome coliseum in the nation. Since then, the multipurpose venue has hosted a wide array of concerts, sporting events, family shows and other diverse entertainment events. The celebrated facility has been known by many names: Charlotte Coliseum, Independence Arena, Cricket Arena and currently Bojangles' Coliseum. For more information, visit bojanglescoliseum.com.