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Ray Charles’ daughter to give free concert tonight

10273832-album-artworkSheila Raye Charles, daughter of the late, great Ray Charles, will give a free concert at 7 p.m. tonight at the Salvation Army Temple Corps, 2090 N. Druid Hills Road NE.

She will share her personal story of overcoming adversity through the power of prayer. At a recent performance in Omaha, she discussed her past struggles with drug abuse, KVNO News reported. She also talked about wishing her father had been around more.

“I love my father with my whole heart. I just wish I could have gotten more of him,” she told the audience there.

Charles has recorded an album called “Behind the Shades.” Her repertoire includes renditions of her father’s famous hits including “Hit the Road Jack” and “Georgia On My Mind.”

Major Roni Robbins of The Salvation Army Atlanta Temple Corps calls her visit “an invaluable blessing.”

For more information see the Salvation Army’s website.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

19 comments Add your comment

Marcus Graham

December 16th, 2011
12:30 pm

Coat tail rider…

Jacquie M.X.

December 16th, 2011
12:45 pm

Was she the daughter of Ray Charles’ wife, or one of his mistresses, I wonder?

@ Marcus Graham: What a negative comment. I don’t see how she is riding her dad’s coattails. He was her dad and she’s a singer. *Shrugging*

jt

December 16th, 2011
12:45 pm

Marcus could you be any more ignorant? You don’t know sheila nor did you know her father.

jack

December 16th, 2011
1:00 pm

Marcus Graham wishes he had some coattails to ride !!

no surprise her

December 16th, 2011
1:03 pm

I have to admit I thought the same thing… she’s using her dad’s name to boost her career.. However, WHO CARES if she is.. He IS her dad.. She CAN sing.. and what artist doesn’t use their personal lives to boost their careers…

Anyhoo.. I do wonder if she’s the daughter of a mistress or his wife… hmm…

lvdavis30281

December 16th, 2011
1:16 pm

There are multiple of families with generations of singers, so why be a hater because Ray Charles enjoys singing just as her dad enjoyed entertaining others with his gift of song and music. Why can’t people be more supportive and complimentary. There are just too many “haters” in this world. I glad someone sees her as a blessing. All the “haters” need to keep silent.

lvdavis30281

December 16th, 2011
1:18 pm

I meant to say, Sheila Raye Charles love to sing just like her dad Ray Charles, please for the typographical error in my previous comment everyone. Don’t stone me for making a mistakes, please throw your verbal stones. Thanks!

downsouth

December 16th, 2011
1:18 pm

Good grief, she’s giving a concert at the Salvation Army and it’s free for attendees… i’m sure she’s getting something for the appearance, but c’mon, it’s not exactly a huge gig.

i do wonder who her mama is.

J-J

December 16th, 2011
1:29 pm

Does not matter to me who the parents are, this is the season for giving and good she is giving a free concert.

Louise C. Wyatt

December 16th, 2011
1:48 pm

It does not matter whether Brother Ray and her mother were married. He accepted and claimed all his children. He is missed and we should embrace this young lady. Who knows? We may all be suprised by her talents. Good luck to you young lady.

Diane

December 16th, 2011
1:53 pm

She is from another relationship. Ray Charles fathered 12 children. His daughter didn’t meet him until she was 14 years old. However, it doesn’t matter since she is still his daughter and obviously inherited some of his talent. I applaud her honesty about their relationship. If she was trying to ride his coattails, she would’ve come out a long time ago.

Jacquie M.X.

December 16th, 2011
2:07 pm

@ Diane: Well said. I was just wondering who her mother was, because in the movie in which Mr. Charles was portrayed by Jamie Foxx, I didn’t recall that he and his wife had any daughters, but 2 or 3 boys. I do wish her well and, I agree, whole-heartedly, that she is NOT capitlizing off her father’s name.

Atlantan

December 16th, 2011
2:52 pm

No different than Natalie Cole being the daughter of Nat King Cole – she is a fantastic singer.

SomePeopleNeverChange

December 16th, 2011
3:01 pm

Her mother is Sandra Jean Betts

K

December 16th, 2011
3:51 pm

Marcus…,definitely ignorant. Talent can be inherited, and since he was sooo talented, it may have passed on to her. She IS his daughter. What is she supposed to do, change her name and deny who she is?

Gman

December 16th, 2011
4:28 pm

I’ve never heard anyone say that Donald Trump, George H.W. Bush, or George W. Bush was a coat-tail rider. Just Sayin! SMH

brk

December 16th, 2011
5:16 pm

I am so glad she finally got off drugs & is singing have never heard her sing but anything is like her father she can belt them out & a free concert what more can you ask for

chris

December 16th, 2011
5:36 pm

Marcus Graham, if you rode your father’s coattails, you’d be top garbage man of the month.

JB

December 16th, 2011
6:07 pm

Well said Chris !! Marcus your Father probably is not in your life and never has been in your life!!!!