Charlie Wilson at WSSU: It Was "Magic"
By Bianca Pender -- Black College Wire   

One hour and thirty minutes of non-stop entertainment: This what you get when you attend a Charlie Wilson concert.

Wilson performed Nov. 6 at K.R. Williams Auditorium on the Winston-Salem State University campus. Wilson is from a time when performers sang live and gave their all on stage; therefore, his performance was nothing short of amazing.

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Wilson began his performance with songs he performed with the Gap Band. "Party Train," "Burn Rubber on Me," and "Yearning for Your Love," got the crowd on to their feet and dancing.

During his performance, Wilson also sang "Beautiful" and "Signs" by Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake.

Wilson kept the energy where it started by singing fan favorites such as "Can't Live without You," "Charlie, Last name Wilson" and "Magic."

He performed a whimsical rendition of his latest single "You Are."

Those who gathered in K.R. Williams auditorium sang and danced as Wilson took us on a journey through his entire career.

Wilson went from sensual to serious when he took a moment to briefly talk about his battle with prostate cancer. He also shared how long he has been clean and sober. Wilson said he was very grateful that he had a chance to still be able to entertain his fans.

The show closed with the song "There Goes my Baby."

A Charlie Wilson show does not just consist of him and a microphone. He comes with a live band and four dancers. Elaborate wardrobe changes and small band intermissions will have you excited about what is going to happen next.

It was not a concert. It was an ‘Magical' experience. I would love attend another one of his concerts and I would recommend anyone else to do the same.

Bianca Pender writes for The News Argus, the Winston-Salem State University student newspaper, which  originally published this article.

Posted Dec. 18, 2010