Wilson Charles: Redefining Contemporary RnB [Interview]

Wilson Charles

Wilson Charles is an emerging artist making moves in RnB music. Born in Haiti and raised in Boston, his new single “Expectations” is a mix of pop, soul and yes, RnB. But, not only that, his music is mixed with imperfections, to represent the imperfections in humanity. I chatted with the artist to elaborate the subject and discuss his new single. Interview, inside.


HTT: What inspired you to create a new sound that consists of pop, soul, R&B, and hip-hop?

Wilson Charles: It sounded so good. When I first heard the beat, it made me do the stink face of approval lol. I had no choice, but to do it justice and deliver something that was definitely different, but also sounds good at the same time.

HTT: I read you create imperfections in your songs, can you elaborate on that?

Wilson Charles: Honesty, music is an extension of life and life is not perfect in any stretch of the imagination, so why make a song perfect. I want people to hear the crack in my voice and the raspiness in my voice. It’s imperfect, but that’s what makes it real.

Wilson Charles

HTT: You create music for such a good cause. Besides Wyclef Jean, are there any other artists that inspire you?

Wilson Charles: Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Tupac, Biggie, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Otis Redding,Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, Andre 3000, Jay Z, Adele, John Legend, Beyonce,Rihanna, Frank Ocean Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, JCole, Drake , Pharrell, Bruno Mars, Chance The Rapper, CeeLo Green, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Sam Cooke, Lauryn Hill and Kid Cudi. They each have their own unique sound. These are legends, and if the greats don’t inspire you…then who will.

HTT: What was your inspiration for “Expectations”?

Wilson Charles: The inspiration behind “Expectations” was women. Through my conversations with women and just hearing them giving more than they ever receive when it comes to matters of the heart. You can’t expect someone to love you in the same capacity you love them, when they are incapable of doing such a thing and they’ve shown that to you time and time again.

HTT: For fans that have yet to hear your music, why should they listen?

Wilson Charles: They should listen because it’s honest, it’s pure, and it’s different. It’s real, it’s vulnerable. It’s perfectly imperfect and that’s what life is, and my music is an extension of such.

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