A Ray of Charles

Ray Charles Tribute Band



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Ray Charles

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Russell Christian, original member of the multi platinum, number one 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 amazing instrumental ability on the piano and saxophone.

Joining Russell on vocals we have ‘The RayLaa’s’, the breath taking female harmony section, singing spine tingling harmonies and delivering dazzling dance moves that never fail to hold any crowd captivated.

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 10 or 7-piece outfit. The full line up features Russell Christian on lead vocal, 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.

A Ray of Charles can also provide a range of supplementary services upon request, including a piano and vocal lounge performance and DJ sets throughout the event.


  • After their hugely successful event which saw them joining forces with Brazilica Fringe Festival to present 'Swingova Rhythms,' A Ray of Charles proved they are a force to be reckoned with.
    Purple Revolver
  • His strong vocals instantly took us back to the 50s and 60s. The backing singers were classic, powerful and pure. They are definitely a tribute band to go and see; just make sure you have your dancing shoes on!
    The Lowdown Magazine
  • All involved chose to take the venue by force of their talent alone, leaving a packed audience spellbound by both the versatility and power of the performers.
    Peter Guy
  • Sultry, sophisticated and uplifting old school soul and blues. Ray of Charles belt out gorgeous arrangements of glamorous classics that are guaranteed to get you dancing
    Fiona Shaw, Wordscapes Publishing
  • 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

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