A Tribute to the Music of Ray Charles & Billy Preston

Bryan Fox Bio

As with many entertainers who discovered their talents in the church, Bryan Fox is no different, as church is where he found his musical gift. Fox has been singing since the age of 13, along side his mentor and biggest fan, his late father.

A native of Middleburg, VA, Fox has performed all over the country and is lead vocalist in a number of ensembles. Among Fox’s most memorable performances was at the Official 2013 Presidential Inauguration where her performed President Obama and at the wedding reception for NBA great Michael Jordan. One of the hardest working and busiest performers in the DMV, Fox is know not just for his unique sound but his signature “squal” which advanced him to the Executive Producer level in auditioning for The Voice in 2015.

When Bryan isn’t performing he can be found, in Fox’s words ”Just chillin.”

Ray Charles Bio

Born Ray Charles Robinson on September 23, 1930, in Albany, GA; died June 10, 2004, in Beverly Hills, CA; son of Bailey and Aretha Robinson; married twice, to Eileen and Della; children: twelve children.

Career: Recording artist, 1956-2004. Began touring with dance bands at age 15; recording artist, for Atlantic Records, 1952-59, ABC-Paramount, 1959-65, and his own labels, Tangerine Records 1965-73, and Crossover Records Co., 1973-2004.

Selected Awards: 16th International Jazz Critics Poll, named #1 male singer, 1968; NAACP, Image Award, 1983; Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee, 1986; Kennedy Center Honors recipient, 1986; 12 Grammy awards, including Lifetime Achievement Award, 1987; National Medal of Arts, 1993; Ebony magazine, Lifetime Achievement Award, 1994.
Charles worked out of New Orleans for much of 1953, the final period of his formative years. However, the Louisiana rhythm had less effect on his overall work than some have speculated. By this time, Charles was well on his way to a comfortable, innovative style. Actually, his mid-fifties band arrangements more closely resembled the style of James Brown than New Orleans rhythm-and-blues. Charles’s original style also emerged as a result of his work with “Guitar Slim,” whose crude gospel blues greatly influenced him. Charles even arranged Slim’s million-selling single, “Things That I Used to Do.” Early recordings are based on blues and gospel forms, including the soulful, “A Fool For You,” “What Would I Do Without You?,” “It’s Allright,” and “Drown In My Own Tears.” During this time, Charles divorced his wife of approximately 16 months, a beautician named Eileen, and subsequently remarried a woman by the name of Della.