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Sheila Raye Charles To Speak At The Salvation Army

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Released 15 September 2012

sheilaThe Salvation Army of Knoxville is proud to present Sheila Ray Charles, daughter of legendary musician, Ray Charles. Sheila Raye Charles delivers a heart wrenching story of abuse, crack cocaine and prison through her music and story of her personal journey to salvation.  You will be touched and inspired by this daughter of a music legend as she shares her walk from despair and darkness into the love and forgiveness of the Lord.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Though not required, tickets may be picked up in advance at The Salvation Army to reserve a seat.

Sheila Raye Charles creates her own distinct sound while delivering her intensely inspiring message of hope and love.  As a talented singer/songwriter, she has 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.  Today, Charles is 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 is 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 provides insight into her life and her path to God.

This year brings the introduction of “Remembering Ray” a personal tribute to their father by his children.  Charles orchestrated the development of this very personal tribute with her siblings which will preview in Atlanta.  Charles and her siblings will honor their father by sharing some of Ray Charles’ best known songs intertwined with personal glimpses into their relationship with their famous father while raising money for hearing impaired.

Monday, September 17 at 7 p.m. 
The Salvation Army’s Corps Chapel.           &n bsp;        
409 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917

For more information, contact The Salvation Army at 525-9401.


About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to

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