(Baltimore-MD; Royal Farms Arena) Uncle Charlie Wilson came to party! The living legend Uncle Charlie took us thru his musical career spanned from 1974 to the present. Uncle Charlie Last Name Wilson has found a way to keep himself relevant and accepted by multiple generations and cultures around the world. As Charlie hit the stage he electrified the crowd grooving to “In it to Win It, Party Train, Early in the Morning, Beautiful, Good Time, I’m Blessed, There Goes My Baby, Why You Want to Hurt Me, Humping, and Outstanding bringing them to their feet and dancing in the isles. There is much to be said about artist like Charlie Wilson who know how to entertain the crowd with uplifting music and grooves. Even during his performing of his Gospel inspired song “I’m Blessed” Charlie used his own life’s ups and downs to share his message of hope and redemption.
There are VERY few artist that perform songs that come from their true life experiences and have the ability to make you feel the very same emotions when they are on stage but Fantasia is without a doubt one of those rarities. From “Free Yourself, Superwoman, It’s All Good, Where Would You Be, No Time, to Lose to Win, Fantasia captivated her fans and took them on her life’s journey. With each song she belted out you could hear and feel her life experiences and emotions being conveyed put to rhythm. Since winning the hit TV show American Idol, Fantasia has wowed her fans around the world and shared her life on stage for us to embrace.
Fantasia has the ability to capture an audience’s attention and do something that many of the greats such as Pattie LaBelle, Tina Turner, Beyonce’, and Whitney Houston have done. Most artist feed off the crowds, while Fantasia will pour all of herself into them. You look around the audience and you see them mirroring the same emotional state coming from the stage. From the joys of being in love to the Spirit filled gospel songs to the pain and heartbreak of a failed relationship.
In times like these we need more artist like Fantasia and Uncle Charlie to inspire us to love, hope, dream, and most of all BELIEVE.
Visuals by Grumpy Panda Photography
Publisher’s Note: For reasons not explained, we were not allowed to take any photos of Johnny Gill. We were surprised, due to the fact just a few years ago, when Gill was in town to perform for the African-American Music Festival, we were allowed and he was at the top of his game from a LIVE performance viewpoint.
Update 3/6/2017: Indie Soul Magazine was in contact with Johnny Gill’s team about photographer’s not being able to photograph Johnny during the show. We are looking forward to the next time Mr. Gill comes back to Baltimore so that we can give you visuals of one of the most talented brothers in the business