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Charlie Wilson delights Jazz crowd

Published:Sunday | February 1, 2015 | 12:18 AM
Charlie Wilson (left) leads his group of performers - Claudia Gardner Photo
Charlie Wilson

Claudia Gardner, Assignment Coordinator


American R&B American singer, songwriter and music producer, Charlie Wilson, lit up the Jamaica Jazz and Blues stage proving why he is acclaimed as one of the music industry's most extraordinary showmen.

The former lead vocalist for the Gap Band earned screams and cheers when the stage lights were dimmed at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival and rays beamed from his jacket and those of his team of dancers with what appeared to be a 'constellation' of tiny bulbs covering them, as they danced their way into the hearts of the receptive crowd.

It was obvious that Wilson had researched his Jamaican audience, and he came determined to please.

Near the end of his set, hungry fans chanted: "Charlie, Charlie, Charlie..."

He sang a slew of tunes from his large number of recordings and danced, rapped, and even deejayed Jamaican style, to the delight of the entire venue.

Screams and cheers greeted him throughout his energetic performance which began with Beautiful - a 2002 collaboration with Pharrell Williams.

With Why you wanna hurt me and You are out of the way, Wilson turned to gospel giving the Jazz crowd a taste of his 2013 Grammy Awards, Best Gospel Song If I believe.

"I ain't scared to praise Him; I'm telling you right now," Wilson declared before his gospel stint.

Wilson would soon spark an eruption when he deejayed for about 20 seconds while doing a rendition of I wanna be your man.

"I always wanted to be a rapper, and not just any kind of rapper - A Jamaican rapper he said,".

When Wilson eventually left the stage, the satisfied audience was still wanting more.

"It compensated..." said MC Richie B in apparent reference to the disappointments last night.

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