Charlotte Day Wilson

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Charlotte Day Wilson
Born1993 (age 28–29)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genrespop, soul, rhythm and blues
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
  • Vocals
  • saxophone
  • keyboards
  • drums
Years active2010s–present
Associated actsDaniel Caesar, River Tiber, BadBadNotGood

Charlotte Day Wilson is a Canadian contemporary R&B singer-songwriter.[1] She came to prominence in the mid-2010s with her single "Work" and collaborations with other Toronto-based artists like BadBadNotGood and Daniel Caesar. Wilson released her debut album Alpha in July 2021.

Life and career

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Wilson studied classical piano in childhood before teaching herself production via GarageBand as a teenager.[2] She moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia to study music at university,[3] but left school to focus on her music career. Wilson identifies as queer.[1]

She self-released the EP Palimpsest in 2012,[4] and followed up with the standalone singles "Avondale," "Stephen," and "Montreal" in 2013 and 2014. She was also part of the funk band The Wayo,[2] which released an EP in 2014, among other releases. She contributed vocals, keys, and saxophone.

She spent some time living in Montreal, Quebec, before returning to Toronto and interning at Arts & Crafts Productions.[2] There, Wilson began collaborating with artists such as Daniel Caesar, River Tiber, and BadBadNotGood[2] before releasing her second EP, CDW, in 2016.[5]

The EP's song "Work" was nominated for the SOCAN Songwriting Prize in 2017,[6] the EP was a longlisted nominee for the 2017 Polaris Music Prize;[7] additionally, producer Howie Beck received a Juno Award nomination for Producer of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2017 for his contributions to "Work" and Dragonette's "High Five".[8] Wilson's video for "Work", directed by Fantavious Fritz, won the 2018 Prism Prize.[9] Wilson and Fritz subsequently announced that they were using the prize money to create a special grant program for emerging female video directors.[10]

Her third EP, Stone Woman, was released in 2018.[1] The song "Falling Apart" from that album was sampled on the 2020 James Blake track "I Keep Calling."[11] In 2018, Vinyl Me, Please released an exclusive album that compiled CDW and Stone Woman.[12]

In 2021, she was nominated for the Juno Award for Traditional R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for her single "Take Care of You" featuring Syd.[13]


Following a May 2021 announcement, Wilson released her debut album Alpha on July 9, 2021 to favorable reviews.[14][15] Written and produced by Wilson, the album features a number of tracks co-written and produced with Toronto songwriter Jack Rochon (Jack Ro) in addition to contributions from other Toronto acts like Daniel Caesar, BadBadNotGood, Mustafa, and Merna Bishouty. Other producers include retro soul artist Thomas Brenneck, R&B producer D'Mile in collaboration with Babyface, Dylan Wiggins (Sir Dyan), and Teo Halm.[16]



Studio albums, with details
Title Details
  • Released: July 9, 2021
  • Label: Stone Woman Music
EPs, with details
Title Details
  • Released: November 1, 2012
  • Format: digital
  • Released: August 28, 2016
  • Label: Stone Woman Music
  • Format: 10", CD, digital
Stone Woman
  • Released: February 23, 2018
  • Label: Stone Woman Music
  • Format: 10", CD, digital


Title Year Album Certifications[17]
"Avondale" 2013 Non-album singles
"Stephen" 2014
"Work" 2016 CDW MC: Gold
"After All"
"Find You"
"Doubt" 2018 Stone Woman
"Nothing New" 2019
"Mountains" Alpha
"Take Care of You / Summertime"
(feat. Syd)
"If I Could" 2021
"Keep Moving"
"I Can Only Whisper"

As guest artist

  • Harley Alexander – "Runnin' Thangz" from Gold Shirt (2015)
  • froyo ma – "Spent Missing" from Pants EP (2015)
  • Igloohost – "Gold Tea" from Little Grids (2016)
  • BADBADNOTGOOD – "In Your Eyes" from IV (2016)
  • Daniel Caesar – "Transform" from Freudian (2017)
  • A l l i e – "Take Me There" from Nightshade (2017)
  • Local Natives – "Dark Days - Live at ACL" from Dark Days (Remixes) EP (2017)
  • DJDS – "No Pain" with Khalid and Charlie Wilson from Big Wave More Fire (2018)
  • KAYTRANADA – "What You Need" and "Freefall" (writing credit only) from Bubba (2019)
  • Loyle Carner – "Sail Away Freestyle" from Not Waving But Drowning (2019)
  • James Blake – "I Keep Falling" from Before EP (2020) (sampled artist)


  1. ^ a b c "Charlotte Day Wilson wants to break up the boys' club". Now, February 21, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Charlotte Day Wilson is a one-person powerhouse". The Fader, March 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "Charlotte Day Wilson’s homecoming". The Coast, October 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "Charlotte Day Wilson's perfect Palimpsest". The Coast, November 1, 2012.
  5. ^ "Charlotte Day Wilson: CDW". Exclaim!, August 31, 2016.
  6. ^ "PUP Win the 2017 SOCAN Songwriting Prize". Exclaim!, July 12, 2017.
  7. ^ "The Polaris Music Prize 2017 longlist, by the numbers". Maclean's, June 13, 2017.
  8. ^ "THE 2017 JUNO NOMINEES ARE IN". Indie 88, February 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "Charlotte Day Wilson Wins 2018 Prism Prize". Exclaim!, May 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "Charlotte Day Wilson is creating a grant for female music video directors". Now, May 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "Stream James Blake's Spectacular New Dance-Pop EP 'Before'". Stereogum. October 14, 2020. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  12. ^ "VMP Rising: Charlotte Day Wilson". Vinyl Me Please. July 23, 2018. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  13. ^ "Winners + Nominees". The JUNO Awards. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  14. ^ Allie Gregory (May 20, 2021). "Charlotte Day Wilson Announces Debut Album 'Alpha'". Exclaim!.
  15. ^ ALPHA by Charlotte Day Wilson, retrieved July 10, 2021
  16. ^ Van Nguyen, Dean (July 9, 2021). "Charlotte Day Wilson: Alpha". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 10, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ "Gold/Platinum: Charlotte Day Wilson". Music Canada. Retrieved July 10, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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