In It to Win It

In It to Win It

by Charlie WilsonCharlie Wilson


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Charlie Wilson breaks his streak of album titles featuring his first name -- why not Charlie 8? -- but the material on In It to Win It mostly sticks to an "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach that has brought the singer commercial and Grammy-nominated success for well over a decade. Wilson continues to offer traditional, uplifting R&B that sounds modern and mature without pandering to younger or older audiences. He simply stocks the album with affectionate, gracious love songs and breaks them up with the occasional upbeat funk track or contemporary gospel number -- nothing fancy. This features more guest vocalists than any of Wilson's previous albums. Unsurprisingly, the duets with the fellow singers -- "Smile for Me," featuring Robin Thicke, and "Made for Love," with Lalah Hathaway -- win out. The songs containing appearances from T.I., Pitbull, and Wiz Khalifa wouldn't be less substantive with Wilson as the lone voice.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/2017
Label: Rca
UPC: 0889854115623
catalogNumber: 541156
Rank: 5501

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Wilson   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Vincent Calloway   Horn
Ray Parker   Guitar
Wirlie Morris   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Strings,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Mike Bennett   Percussion
J.R. Rotem   Keyboards
Brinson Poythress   Guitar
Chantelle Hampton   Background Vocals
Lance Tolbert   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Piano
Carlos Battey   Vocals
Tyler Conti   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rob Chiarelli   Composer,Producer
Eric Hudson   Composer,Producer
Andrew Jackson   Composer
Bill Malina   Vocal Engineer
Greg Pagani   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Charlie Wilson   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Wirlie Morris   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Calvin Broadus   Composer
Steve Daly   Composer,Producer
Damon Sharpe   Composer
Bryan Jackson   Composer,Vocal Producer
J.R. Rotem   Composer,Producer
Michael Paran   Composer,Executive Producer
Burna   Vocal Engineer
Edwin Serrano   Composer
Rob Knox   Composer,Producer
Emile Ghantous   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Editing
Jeff Schulz   Art Direction
Samuel Kalandjian   Engineer
Lance Tolbert   Composer
Clifford Harris   Composer
Armando C. Perez   Composer
Cameron Thomaz   Composer
Carlos Battey   Composer
Mahin Wilson   Composer
Romana   Vocal Engineer
John Newman   Composer
Darhyl "DJ" Camper   Composer
Keith Hetrick   Composer,Producer,Vocal Editing
Derek Anderson   Vocal Engineer
Clarice Bell-Strayhorn   Composer
Tyler Conti   Composer

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