Russell Christian, original member of the multi-platinum, No.1 selling soul band ‘The Christians’ brings you the ultimate tribute act, paying homage to Rhythm & Blues pioneer and originator of the Soul music genre, the late, great Ray Charles.
Russell’s ability to capture the iconic sound and energy of Ray Charles is second only to the man himself, with his soul soaked voice and impressive musical dexterity on the piano and saxophone.
Joining Russell on vocals we have ‘The RayLaa’s’, the breathtaking female harmony section, singing spine tingling harmonies and adding that touch of glamour.
The band behind the big sound of ‘A Ray Of Charles’ is a powerhouse of veteran instrumentalists from the Liverpool music scene who have played extensively amongst the regions most exciting and ground-breaking bands.
The band’s musicians have an immense catalogue of experience, having performed internationally in America, Asia and Europe, as well as recording and performing alongside such legends as Paul McCartney, James Brown and Barry White amongst many others.
A Ray Of Charles perform an impressive repertoire from the prolific career of Ray, as well as a selection of other classic songs from the genres of soul, stax, motown, rhythm & blues, funk, cult cinema and imaginative remakes of modern classics.
The band are available as either a 7 piece or a 10 piece. The full line up features Russell Christian on lead vocals, keyboards and saxophone, joined by 3 female vocalists, a 3-piece horn section, drums, double bass and guitar. The 7 piece has the same line up with just 2 female vocalists and 1 horn player.
Ray Charles Hit the Road Jack Georgia On My Mind I Believe Lonely Avenue Tell the World About You What Kind of Man Are You Lets Go Get Stoned Unchain My Heart I Don’t Need No Doctor Don’t Set Me Free I Got A Woman What I’d Say Shake Your Tail Feather Blue Moon of Kentucky Loves Gonna Live Here Should’ve Been Me Night Time is the Right Time How Do You Feel All I Ever Need Is You In The Heat Of The Night Busted Baby Don’t You Cry You Are My Sunshine Moving On.
Hold On I’m Coming – Sam and Dave
Knock On Wood – Eddie Floyd
Jungle Boogie – Kool and The Gang
Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
Mustang Sally – The Commitments (Wilson Pickett)
Use Me Up – Bill Withers
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Think – Aretha Franklin
Chain Of Fools – Aretha Franklin
Come Together – The Beatles
Proud Mary – Ike and Tina Turner
Take Me To The River – Al Green
Rescue Me – Fontella Bass
Soul Man – Sam and Dave
Just My Imagination – The Temptations
Why Do Fools Fall In Love – Diana Ross
Everybody – The Blues Brothers
Sunshine Of Your Love – Spanky Wilson
Mr Big Stuff – Jean Knight
Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Picket
Son Of A Preacher Man – Dusty Springfiled
Stuck In The Middle With You – Steelers Wheel
“A Ray of Charles are a brilliant band, they’re performance on the Liverpool Bandstand drew a great crowd and had all ages up and dancing! It was a true celebration of Ray Charles’ wonderful music by talented performers. We look forward to having them perform again” – Charlotte (Open Culture)
“A Ray Of Charles were like a ray of sunshine as their performance included covers Hit The Road Jack and I Got A Woman. Singer and keyboard player Russell Christian bared an uncanny resemblance to Ray Charles in a black suit and bow tie and red shirt with black glasses. His strong vocals instantly took us back to the 50s and 60s. The two backing singers, Jodie Mellor and Sophie Christian were glamorous in their matching pink dresses and their vocals were classic, powerful and pure. They are definitely a tribute band to go and see; just make sure you have your dancing shoes on” – Becky Tavenor (Threshold Festival)
“Liverpool based ‘A Ray Of Charles’ prove to be much more than a run of the mill tribute band. Russell Christian, famed for Liverpool band The Christians, fronts the performance and embodies all the qualities of the late musician, whilst adding his own unique flair to the instantly recognisable songs. Supported by the brilliant backing band and ‘The Raylaahs,’ a tribute to Ray Charles’ original backing singers, this is a band you do not want to miss” – Purple Revolver
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