Uncle Charlie Wilson Is ‘In It To Win It’ Along With Fantasia & Johnny Gill


His name is Charlie, Last name Wilson. I know I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, but does this man ever stop?! I’m not sure where he gets his energy from, but I hope some of these young artist out here today are taking major notes, because EVERY TIME I turn around, Charlie Wilson is out on tour blazing a stage.

In an announcement just made, Uncle Charlie let everyone know that his upcoming national arena tour will kick off on February 8, 2017 in Norfolk, VA. The tour, In It To Win It, is also the title of Wilson’s new album which is slated for release on February 17, 2017.

He’s not in it to win it all alone though, he’s bringing some equally yoked R&B heavy hitters along for the jaunt. Ms. ‘Lose To WinFantasia Barrino and Johnny Gill will also grace the stage, along with a new group by the name of Solero.

To purchase tickets please visit www.charliewilsonmusic.com/tour.

Feb. 8 – Norfolk, VA., Constant Convocation Center
Feb. 10 – Newark, NJ., Prudential Center
Feb. 11 – Buffalo, NY., Key Bank Center
Feb. 12 – Washington, DC., Verizon Center
Feb. 14 – Cleveland, OH., Quicken Loan Arena
Feb. 17 – Detroit, MI., Joe Louis Arena
Feb. 18 – Columbus, OH., Nationwide Center
Feb. 19 – Nashville, TN., Bridgestone Arena


The 2016 Essence Music Festival Powers Up With Puff Daddy & The Family Addition; Nightly Lineup Released


So we found out about the initial lineup of the 2016 Essence Festival a couple of months ago. Some people were excited about it, and other people felt like “meh” for having to wait for MONTHS for a glimmer of a talent announcement and not seeing anyone that they deemed as a “spectacular” artist on the roaster.

At that time, Essence had said to “stay tuned” for another announcement soon and it looks like the cat is out of the bag finally. One of the biggest moves that they have made for this year’s festival is throw in the addition of Puff Daddy & The Family. Everyone seems to be stuck on all things nostalgia based, and the same can be said for music. We’re sure that you know, but just recently Puffy put tickets on sale to a Bad Boy Reunion concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which ended up selling out in 7 minutes and prompted him to add a second date that sold out as well. It was a no-brainer that the EMF brand would tap into this and get him to play this year’s show.

Along with Diddy, they have added two hip-hop kings who rocked the Mercedes Benz Superdome last year, Common and Kendrick Lamar. We also now know the detailed night-by-night lineup of performers, and everything seems to mesh pretty well. In addition, you can now purchase single night tickets on Ticketmaster.

We’ve got the nightly lineup below, so take a look…

FRIDAY, JULY 1: Mainstage: Maxwell, New Edition, Babyface, Tyrese, Faith Evans, Avery Wilson. Superlounges: Digable Planets, Daley, Eric Bellinger, Lion Babe, the Internet, Tweet, Estelle, Mali Music, V. Bozeman, Kelly Price, Zakes Bantwini, Skye Wanda.

SATURDAY, JULY 2: Mainstage: Mariah Carey, Charlie Wilson, Common, Jeremih, Estelle. Superlounges: Doug E. Fresh, Tink, Jidenna, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, St. Beauty, Lalah Hathaway, Judith Hill, Wizkid, Lady Leshurr.

SUNDAY, JULY 3: Mainstage: Kendrick Lamar, Puff Daddy & the Family, Ciara, Andra Day. Superlounges: MC Lyte, Dej Loaf, Cyril Neville, Leon Bridges, Kehlani, New Breed Brass Band, Robert Glasper Experiment, BJ the Chicago Kid, the Brand New Heavies, Little Simz.

FINALLY After Months Of Waiting, The 2016 Essence Music Festival Lineup Is Announced!



This has been the LONGEST that ANYBODY has ever had to wait for the folks over at Essence to announce the lineup for the annual Essence Music Festival. I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter from fans wondering what the holdup is, because we usually hear something around mid January.

Now we know who will be taking over NOLA this 4th of July weekend. That’s right, one of the biggest national musical events, the annual Essence Music Festival, slated for June 30th- July 3rd, pulled a sneak attack and threw out a list of some of it’s headliners.

Last year’s festival brought some huge names in music, with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliottt, Usher, Erykah Badu, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and many more taking the stages, so get into who will be rocking the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this year…is it anybody that you want to see?

Headliners include Festival first-timer, Mariah Carey and Festival favorites, Maxwell and Charlie Wilson. We also see some people on this list who haven’t performed at the festival in a while, most notably Ciara, who hasn’t stepped foot on the EMF stage since her last performance in 2007.

Also confirmed to perform at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival nighttime concerts at the Superdome include Andra Day, BJ The Chicago Kid, Cyril Neville, Daley, Dej Loaf, Digable Planets, Dumpstaphunk, Eric Bellinger, Estelle, Faith Evans, Jeremih, Jidenna, Judith Hill, Lady Leshurr, Lalah Hathaway, Leon Bridges, Lion Babe, Little Simz, Mali Music, MC Lyte, New Breed Brass Band, Robert Glasper Experiment, St. Beauty, The Brand New Heavies, The Internet, Tink, Tyrese, and V. Bozeman.

We’re not sure who will be performing on which night, or who will be kicking things off with the “Now Playing” concert, which has been introduced as the Thursday night festivities.

Acts will continuously be added to this already impressive list, so keep it locked on Concert Daily for all the updates. Although single day tickets aren’t available yet, you can buy the 3-day weekend package on Ticketmaster.

2015 Essence Music Festival: Friday Rewind


We left Baltimore en-route to the historic city of New Orleans on Friday, July 3rd, geared and ready for the 2015 Essence Music Festival. Granted this was my first time covering the event as a media correspondent, this was certainly not my first time as a festival attendee. My first journey to EMF was back in 2010 on what was a last minute trip with a group of friends. After that initial visit, we were all wondering WHY we had never gone before? Was it the stigma that the Essence Fest was an event for “older” people, as we were all in our mid-late 20’s, and didn’t want to be caught partying with people our parents age? NOT at all, that’s not even what the EMF is even about, which is clearly evident in my attendance for the past 5 years (and counting)!

By the time we arrived at the Louis Armstrong airport, it was already 5pm, so we were pressed for time to get to the Superdome to collect our media credentials. If you’ve EVER been to any Essence Festival in the past, you already know how the traffic situation is getting from the airport to downtown N.O., it’s an absolute headache. Since we had a late flight to begin with and didn’t arrive into the city until later in the afternoon, we had already missed all of the day activities going on over at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.



After fighting the legions of people on their way to the center of the Crescent City, getting to the hotel room, dropping our bags off and getting ready, I finally made it to the Superdome, and now it was time to pick up my credentials. Walking along Poydras St. you could see that New Orleans was ready for the show to start. There were hordes of people lining the streets making their way towards the Superdome. Although this slowed me down a bit, it allowed me to walk among the masses and overhear their conversations about “how this is their first time to the festival” or “they have been coming for the past 10 years and are excited to see their girl Mary J. Blige do her thing again”.

I was greeted at the press check-in area by friendly and polite EMF staff that handed me my credentials, gave me a festival itinerary and then let me be on my way. While walking down to the press area, I took an in-depth look at the full lineup of talent, and seeing the names Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Missy Elliott, Floetry, Tweet, Omarion and Mystikal, made it evident that this years’ festival would be the year of “the comeback kid”. Not in the sense of someone falling from greatness and trying to regain their former statue, but comeback in terms of making A return.

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SoulFest Returns To The Shores Of Australia For Second Year


The Commonwealth of Australia is often known for its koala bears, kangaroos, and the Outback (no, not the steakhouse, but the geographical location) but during the month of October, it will be known for something a little different, more namely soul. Dubbed as the country’s only annual hip hop and neo-soul festival, Soulfest is coming back to Australia for its 2nd year with a lineup that is bound to get any hip hop head into a fan-girl frenzy.

SoulFest 2015 just recently announced their headliners for the series of concerts to trek across the continent. The bill features the likes of Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson and De La Soul to lead the pack for the more established artist, but that’s not all that they have. Floetry, Jhene Aiko, BJ The Chicago Kid, Eric Benet, Talib Kweli, and Dwele help round out a list of people who will be set to take the stage, with this just being the first round of announced performers. What’s most exciting about this show is that it’s filling the long-standing gap in the Australian urban market. Keep checking back for who else will be added to these shows.

Peep the preliminary line up below

Mary J. Blige
Jill Scott
Jhene Aiko
Charlie Wilson
Talib Kweli
De La Soul
Eric Benet
Daniel Merriweather
BJ Chicago Kid
Kamasi Washington
Thandie Phoenix
DJ Trey
Soul of Sydney DJs

Saturday 24th October – The Domain, SYDNEY
Sunday 25th October – Myer Music Bowl & Kings Domain Precinct, MELBOURNE
Monday 26th October – Western Springs Stadium – AUCKLAND

Soulfest Members Pre-Sale: Monday 18th May, 10am or until exhausted
General Public On-Sale: Wednesday 27th May, 10am
Tickets from www.soulfest.com.au

Charlie Wilson’s “Forever Charlie” Tour


Everybody’s fave musical uncle “Uncle Charlie” Wilson has a tour that’s starting THIS WEEK!  His national tour which is entitled “The Forever Charlie” tour starts on Feb. 12.

The tour gained its name from what will be Wilson’s seventh solo studio album of the same name, “Forever Charlie,” which hits stores just two days before his 62nd birthday. And the extra added bonus for this tour are the featured guest performers whom are both stand out R&B/Soul artists by themselves. The “If It’s Love” singer Kem, and the “Rather Have Love” singer Joe (Thomas), will both add their own personal element to the show that fans are sure to enjoy.

I’ve seen Charlie perform twice and he absolutely gives you a SHOW! His performances can rival almost any of these younger artist who are 30 years his junior. Check him out when he’s in your area and get your tickets from ticketmaster.

Forever Charlie Tour 2015 Tour Dates:

Feb. 12 – Cleveland, OH., Wolstein Center
Feb. 13 – Buffalo, NY First., Niagara Center
Feb. 14 – Atlantic City, NJ., Boardwalk Hall
Feb. 15 – Baltimore, MD., Royal Farms Arena
Feb. 18 – Raleigh, NC., PNC Arena
Feb. 20 – Nashville, TN., Bridgestone Arena
Feb. 21 – Atlanta, GA., Philips Arena
Feb. 22 – Birmingham, AL., BJCC Arena
Feb. 26 – Greenville, SC., Bon Secours Arena
Feb. 27 – Louisville, KY., KFC Yum! Center
Feb. 28 – Chicago, IL., United Center
Mar. 1 – Detroit, MI., Joe Louis Arena
Mar. 5 – Brooklyn, NY., Barclays Center
Mar. 6 – Norfolk, VA., Constant Center
Mar. 7 – Newark, NJ., Prudential Center
Mar. 8 – Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
Mar. 10 – Columbia, SC., Colonial Life Arena
Mar. 13 – Grand Prairie, TX., Verizon Theatre
Mar. 14 – New Orleans, LA., Smoothie King Center
Mar. 15 – Houston, TX., Toyota Center
Mar. 18 – Mobile, AL., Civic Center
Mar. 19 – Boosier City, LA., Century Link Center
Mar. 21 – Oklahoma City, OK., Chesapeake Energy
Mar. 22 – Kansas City, MO., Sprint Center
Mar. 25 – Los Angeles, CA., Nokia Theatre
Mar. 26 – Los Angeles, CA., Nokia Theatre
Mar. 27 – Oakland, CA., Oracle Arena