Exclusive: Charlie Wilson Discusses Inspiring a Generation of Artists
Last month we had a chance to not only cover the amazing Jazz in the Gardens show in Miami, but we were also picked as a media sponsor for the event. As part of the show, some of the artists took the time to visit the media tent and take place in a press conference and take questions from the media. In the video below, you’ll see us posing a question to the legendary Uncle Charlie Wilson about how he feels about being able to inspire a generation of younger artists. Listen to how humbly he responds and seems just genuinely happy to be in a position to do so.
Charlie Wilson: First of all, I prayed to God and asked him to let me be an inspiration to some people. I didn’t ask to be rich, I didn’t ask for anything, but I just thanked him for live and living, which he promised me. I just wanted to live long enough to inspire people, so he gave me what I asked him for. Sometimes you have to watch what you pray for. I’ve been inspiring people all of my life, and I didn’t know that that’s what I was really doing. I asked God for that a long time ago because I was around people who were already a superstar and won Grammy’s. I felt like second class. I just said “I just want to inspire people, Lord” and that’s what he had me do. I didn’t know I was going to end up with any Grammy nomination or any number one songs, I didn’t know I was going to end up in a trash can or end up coming back. See there’s something greater than myself who picked me up and turned me around and put me back here. *Applause*