FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tickets on Sale Friday, March 17, at 10 a.m.
Hollywood, Fla. (March 13, 2017) – R&B icon Charlie Wilson and special guest Fantasia will perform at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 17, 2017, at 10 a.m. Fans will have access to presale tickets beginning Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 10 a.m. through Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood’s Facebook and Twitter pages. American Express® Card Members will have access to presale tickets beginning Wednesday, March 15, at 10 a.m. through Thursday, March 16, at 10 p.m.
Charlie Wilson is no stranger to success, having had eight Billboard No. 1 singles and four Top 10 Billboard albums including three No. 1 R&B albums, 11 Grammy nominations, and a New York Times and Washington Post best-selling memoir, “I Am Charlie Wilson.” His newest album, “In It To Win It,” was released in February 2017 and the album’s lead single, “I’m Blessed,” featuring T.I. was the fastest rising single on the Billboard Adult R&B chart this year, currently No. 7 on Billboard.
“I am excited about the response to my new album,” stated Wilson. “I wanted the first single, “I’m Blessed,” to set the tone for where I am in my life. Having T.I., Snoop Dogg, Robin Thicke, Lalah Hathaway, Pitbull and Wiz Khalifa join me added a new flavor which I knew my fans would appreciate.”
Wilson, who executive produced the 13-track album along with long time manager Michael Paran, reunited once again with The Cartoons (Emile Ghantous, Steve Daly and Keith Hetrick), Gregg Pagani and Wirlie Morris on the creative side. New to the mix are fellow songwriter/producers J.R. Rotem (Jason Derulo, Gwen Stefani, Empire), Eric Hudson (Kanye West, John Legend) and Rob Knox (Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, T.I.).
Before launching his solo career in 2000, Wilson racked up a string of hits in the late ‘70s and ‘80s as lead singer in the Gap Band. The pioneering R&B/funk group charted such frequently sampled classics as “Outstanding,” “Yearning for Your Love,” “Burn Rubber on Me,” “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” and “Early in the Morning.”
Wilson signed to Jive (now RCA) in 2004 after landing his first No. 1 Billboard Adult R&B hit, “Without You,” in 2000. Since then, he’s released six solo albums and become a consistent chart presence with seven more Adult R&B No. 1s, including “My Love Is All I Have,” “You Are” and “There Goes My Baby.” Wilson has garnered 11 Grammy nominations and other industry accolades, including BET’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.
In the years between the Gap Band’s heyday and his solo success, Wilson survived drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness and prostate cancer. He chronicled his odds-defying life and career in his 2015 best-selling autobiography, “I Am Charlie Wilson.”
Sober now for 22 years, the singer says, “I wouldn’t have believed I’d be where I am right now. That’s why I shout every night because I thank God for allowing me to be here.”
In 2004, Fantasia Barrino stepped onto the “American Idol” stage and wowed television audiences with her strong vocals. Following her victory, Fantasia released her debut single, “I Believe,” a song that made her the first artist in Billboard history to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100 Chart. Subsequently, she released her debut album, “Free Yourself,” which went on to be certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America® (RIAA) and garnered her three Grammy nominations in 2006. That same year, Fantasia released her New York Times bestselling memoir, “Life is Not a Fairytale,” and her second album, “Fantasia,” which included the hit single “When I See You.”
Fantasia went on to star as Celie in Broadway’s “The Color Purple,” for which she won a 2007 Theatre World Award, and had a two-season run of the VH1 reality series, “Fantasia For Real.” In 2010 Fantasia released her third studio album, “Back to Me,” featuring her hit single “Bittersweet” which went on to win a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Her fourth studio album, “Side Effects of You,” was released in 2013 and included hit singles “Lose to Win” and “Without Me,” featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliot. In 2013, Fantasia joined Andrea Bocelli for five dates on his world tour, and returned to Broadway in the musical “After Midnight.” On October 16, 2014, Fantasia was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
Fantasia’s performance at Hard Rock Live will include hit songs from her recent No. 1 R&B album “The Definition of…,” including Grammy-nominated single “Sleeping with the One I Love” and “When I Met You,” currently Top 20 on Urban AC.
Tickets cost $180, $130, $90 and $70.* All seats are reserved and available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.myhrl.com, www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one hour prior to show start time. *Additional fees may apply.
About Hard Rock Live
Hard Rock Live, a spectacular state-of-the-art facility, further expands the ultimate entertainment experience at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This 5,500-seat indoor arena has attracted more than 3 million people since its opening in 2005 and has regularly hosted South Florida’s greatest variety of musical acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Marc Anthony, Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli, Tim McGraw and Carlos Santana; top comedians including Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Kathy Griffin and George Lopez; as well as major sporting events and events of major sports stars, from UFC matches to charity galas for Jason Taylor, Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and more. For additional information, please visit www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com or www.myhrl.com.
About Seminole Hard Rock
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is South Florida’s iconic entertainment destination located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach. The AAA Four Diamond-rated resort features 469 luxury guest rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, premium meeting and convention space and a 5,500-seat Hard Rock Live concert arena. The casino offers more than 100 table games, 2,000 of the most popular slots and a stand-alone poker room.
Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, a luxe and socially vibrant restaurant offering new-style Japanese cuisine. In the heart of the hotel is L Bar, a sophisticated, contemporary lounge showcasing handcrafted classic cocktails with a twist. Contemporary and casual eateries, include Blue Plate, the hotel’s 24-hour diner-inspired restaurant; Constant Grind, a gourmet coffee and pastry shop; and the ever-famous Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 174 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.
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