Friday, January 31, 2014

Charlie Wilson to Receive the Spirit of Los Angeles Award

Veteran R&B singer Charlie Wilson has been selected to receive the 2014 Spirit of Los Angeles Award.

The Spirit of Los Angeles Award not only acknowledges Wilson's phenomenal music career, it honors his spirit and his ability to overcome his addictions and being homeless for a few years on the streets of Los Angeles.

"I fell to my lowest point during my addiction to drugs and alcohol that left me homeless," stated Wilson. "By the grace of God, and an incredible family, I was able to pick myself up and begin a second career as a solo artist. People told me I couldn't do it, but my faith has led me to heights I could not have imagined."

That faith was shared in Wilson's 2014 Grammy-nominated song, If I Believe. "My wife had a dream about this song. She woke up grabbed a pen and paper and began to write the lyrics. She is the biggest blessing in my life and continues to support me as I celebrate 20 years of sobriety."

Wilson formed The Gap Band with his brothers Ronnie and Robert, going on to score hits with Early in the Morning, Outstanding, and You Dropped a Bomb on Me. Since 1992, he has released six solo studio albums including the triple thread Uncle Charlie (2009 / #2 Pop / #1 R&B), Just Charlie (2010 / #19 Pop / #6 R&B) and Love, Charlie (2013 / #4 Pop / #1 R&B).

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said "Charlie Wilson is a role model because he is an example of the success you can have through faith and determination. He is one of the hardest working vocalists in America, working 75 to 100 shows a year, and he is certainly one of the most talented."

The award will be presented on February 11 at the African American Heritage Month Celebration in Los Angeles.

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