Charlie Wilson’s name is almost synonymous with feel good hits. Over the years, Wilson (aka Uncle Charlie) has given us one soulful hit after another. He’s captured love, joy and unity with songs like “Made For Love”, “There Goes My Baby” and “I’m Blessed”. For the season, we thought Wilson would be the perfect person to ask about what to put on our ultimate Black holiday songs playlist.
Currently on his In It To Win It tour, the talent took time to give us his four favorite holiday songs and the reasons they’re musts for the Wilson family.
Donny Hathaway – “This Christmas”
The classic Christmas song recorded by Donny Hathaway in 1970 has been re-recorded dozens of times, but the original is Wilson’s favorite. “It’s Donny Hathaway,” he tells us. “What more can I say? It’s great to see that this version of ‘This Christmas’ is still appreciated today. It’s a classic.”
Mariah Carey – “O Holy Night”
Yes, we all know Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is a timeless hit, but she also released other holidays songs that show her amazing range. “[I love] Mariah’s tone and the many octaves she can reach in a song,” Wilson said. “Her delivery is on point.”
Nat King Cole – “The Christmas Song”
Wilson took it back —way back to 1946— for this pick from Nat King Cole. “His smooth, velvety voice made this a Christmas standard. It’s part of the holiday in my home and many others. ‘The Christmas Song’ has stood the test of time… and will always be an important part of the holiday season.”
Boyz II Men feat. Brian McKnight – “Let It Snow”
A timeless bop, Boyz II Men’s holiday song, “Let It Snow” gives off peak 1990’s vibes. “I love Boyz II Men. Their harmonies and delivery in this song are so memorable. Another song that is played in my home during the holidays.”
Charlie Wilson is performing on New Year’s Eve at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. If you’re going to be in the area, you can book tickets here.