Last year, as part of Billboard's Black History Month celebration, we asked Black artists spanning all genres to compile unique playlists exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. Everyone from Normani and Khalid to DJ Premier and Rapsody shared tracks that represented their love for the culture across the diaspora -- from childhood favorites to songs that make them feel free. We continue the celebration in 2020, with R&B great Charlie Wilson sharing his soundtrack today.
"The meaning of Black History Month for me starts in the Church of God in Christ in Tulsa, Okla., watching my dad, Bishop O.W. Wilson, preach and my mom, Irma Wilson, play the piano," Charlie Wilson tells Billboard. "My father taught me about passion and showed it every time he shared his message with the congregation. My mother was an amazing pianist who taught me not only how to play the piano, but to feel it as well and show that in my vocal performances."