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If you dig the golden age of soul, funk and R&B, then you will dig A Ray of Charles. Led by Russell Christian, a renowned recording artist, formally of The Christians, this is his homage to the late and very great Ray Charles. Russell plays the role of Ray Charles to perfection, and the six-piece band that backs him are all seriously talented singers and musicians. Singing with the group are the fabulous Raylaas, who are Russell’s daughter Sophie Christian and Jodie Mellor, both of whom have experience performing with choirs such Sense of Sound. The rest of the band is made up of D Fresh on drums, Tony Ferguson on guitar, Mak Trades on bass and Luke Ledger on sax and percussion, bringing these talents together to support Russell on lead vocals and keyboard.
A Ray of Charles play all the great man’s finest records, including ‘I Don’t Need No Doctor’, ‘Unchain My Heart’, ‘Hit The Road Jack’ and many more. In addition they also mix it up with many classic soul. motown, funk and pop hits by other artists, to get your crowd going. This is beyond your average tribute band; A Ray of Charles bring an authentic vintage soul sound that will rock any party.

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We specialise in these genres:

  • Soul
  • Pop
  • Funk
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We play these instruments:

  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Vocals
  • Keys
  • Bass
  • Brass
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We are based in Liverpool, United Kingdom.


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  • Price from £ 1,416

    We provide a 7 piece band including all technical specifications apart from PA. If your venue does not have one, we can provide a PA and sound engineer for a small additional fee.
    A 10-piece band including full brass section can be provided so please holla if you would like a quote. This option in particularly popular for corporate events and festivals.
    Travel and accommodation may be added if the booking is outside of the North West or if set/gig times require.

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