American singer and song-writer Ray Charles is also known for his role as a musician and composer who is considered as "the High Priest of Soul" because of his pioneer for soul music during the 1950s. He was one of the first musicians born in the state to be inducted into the Georgia State Music Hall of Fame in 1979 and in 1993, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
From the age of seven, Charles was blind and later, his music was influenced by jazz, blues and country artists at that time.
Charles had twelve children with ten different women and he married two times. He had strong ties to
Quincy Jones, who cared for him and showed him the ropes of the "music club industry.