Fresno Soul Fest 2018 Thursday, April 12, 2018 Selland Arena, Fresno CA Starring Charlie Wilson, K-Ci & JoJo and Frankie J
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About the Artist

Frankie J

Tijuana-born and San Diego-raised contemporary R&B artist Frankie J was raised on a steady diet of Latin music and American artists like Michael Jackson and Run- D.M.C. At the age of 15, he was involved with the Latin freestyle scene and released a series of singles on a Canadian dance label. A 1997 signing with Jellybean Benitez's Hola label never panned out, but he landed on his feet when he became a member of los Kumbia Kings. After a few years with the group, J went solo with 2003's What's a Man to Do?, a collection of ballad-dominated material that was released on Columbia. One (2005), Un Nuevo Día (2006), and Priceless (also 2006) followed. After parting ways with Columbia, J returned with Courage in 2011

The brothers made their side project into a full-fledged collaboration with the release of

their debut album, Love Always, in 1997. The lead single, "You Bring Me Up," was a Top

Ten R&B hit, and the follow-up, "Last Night's Letter," was also successful. But the single

that really broke them big was the sweet ballad "All My Life," which went all the way to

number one on both the pop and R&B charts in early 1998. Love Always went on to sell

over four million copies, and Jodeci went on an unofficial, indefinite hiatus (though they

never broke up). K-Ci & JoJo assembled a follow-up album

K-Ci & JoJo


Charlie Wilson a/k/a Uncle Charlie

The powerful lead singer for funk legends the Gap Band, Charlie Wilson fronted 15 Top Ten R&B singles, four of which -- "Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)," "Early in the Morning," "Outstanding," and "All of My Love" -- went to number one. Active for over 40 years, the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Gap Band were most successful during the late '70s and early '80s. Four of their albums from this period went either gold or platinum in the U.S. As a solo artist, Wilson recorded sporadically while the Gap Band were still together. After You Turn My Life Around (1992) and the Snoop Dogg-supported Bridging the Gap (2000), Wilson became a major stand-alone concert draw and a staple of urban adult contemporary radio, sustained by a streak of successful Sony-distributed releases that began during the mid-2000s. Although the albums were dominated by affectionate ballads, each one included a funk jam or two. Charlie, Last Name Wilson (2005) was the first of several solo Top Ten R&B albums
Fresno Soul Fest Thursday, April 12, 2018 Selland Arena Fresno, CA