Unfortunately, Sheila Raye Charles recently passed away from cancer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends! She will be missed.
Sheila Raye Charles:
As a talented singer/songwriter, she had found her voice in acoustic jazz and R & B with lyrics that deliver the personal journey of her own life and her relationship with her legendary father, Ray Charles.
At age 19, with great courage, she defied her father’s wishes and pursued music. Demonstrating her commitment and her talent, her father actually brought her and her band into his studio and personally produced several songs.
Through a series of life changing events, her music career waned as she gathered a lifetime of experiences which, today, give great meaning and countenance to her music.
Charles was called upon to provide skin tingling renditions of her father’s best known songs from America the Beautiful to Hit The Road Jack to Georgia from jazz festivals to embassy parties to clubs and places of worship. As an entertaining and engaging vocalist, Charles was able to inspire her audiences with stories of her life challenges of drug addiction and recovery, of her spiritual journey and personal growth, while at the same time delivering meaty, life giving music.
With the publication of her life story, Behind the Shades, Charles provided insight about her life and her path to God.