Charlie Wilson's latest Grammy Award nomination is a dream come true. Literally.
The R&B singer and former Gap Band member says "If I Believe," which is up for Best Gospel Song, came to his wife Mahin Tat in her sleep. "She dreamt it," says Wilson, 60, who's been nominated for six previous Grammys. "She woke up and said, 'We need to do this record. I've seen it. God showed it to me, and it's gonna be nominated for a Grammy!' I'm like, 'OK, calm down a little bit,' but she was going at it and had these words scribbled down on the paper and we fixed them and did the record.
"And then it got nominated for a BET Award and I was like, 'What happened?' And she was, 'Well, maybe it was the BET Award I was seeing,' and I said, 'No, you said Grammy.' But that record ended up being nominated for the Grammy this year, which is so incredible, and I'm so glad her vision was right."
The Grammy nod caps a good year for Wilson, which saw his latest album "Love, Charlie," debut at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in February and at No. 1 on the R&B Albums chart. Another song from the album, "I Still Have You," was the first single from the "Best Man Holiday" soundtrack, and Wilson is a featured vocalist on Kanye West's latest hit, "Bound 2." The new year, meanwhile, will bring work on a new album as well as a memoir he promises will offer plenty of "drama."
"Man, I'm telling you, all the stars are lining up for me. God is truly blessing me right now," says Wilson, who`s also a spokesman for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. "A lot of things are happening fro me, and I know 2014 will be just an incredible one. If God sees fit and allows me to live, then we're gonna definitely have some fun again. So I'm just happy, man. I'm ready to go."
Charlie Wilson, Fantasia and Kiko perform at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $75-$150. Call 313-471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.
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