COMING UP: A Ray of Charles at Leaf Bold Street (support from DJ Christian McBride), 27 July 2012

After a hugely successful launch event in June this year at Elevator Bar, Russell Christian’s soul-stirring tribute act A Ray of Charles and soul-funk DJ Christian McBride make a welcome return. This time playing at the intimate venue of Leaf Bold Street on 27th July.

Early in his career Russell Christian was a successful recording artist, with well known Liverpool band The Christians. His past successes have taken him around the globe and has established himself as a well rounded and experienced performer.

Russell’s act A Ray of Charles is an amazing homage to the late, great “genius” Ray Charles. Undertaking the challenge of paying tribute to Ray, it has taken five years to evolve and perfect his Ray Charles Tribute. Ray Charles was one of the greatest entertainers of our time. Russell Christian spent many hours listening to his original Ray Charles recordings to capture his unique voice, and viewing video tapes to study his physical presence to bring the true essence of Ray Charles to the stage.

He has since formed a band consisting of The Raylettes who offer superb backing vocals and consist of Russell’s daughter Sophie Christian and Jodie Mellor, both of whom have experience performing in choirs such as Sense of Sound. The rest of the band is made up of Luke Bewick on drums, Dave Jackson on guitar and Mak Trades on bass, bringing these talents together to support Russell on lead vocals and keyboard.

The result is an authentic Ray Charles experience that can be enjoyed by all ages.


A Ray of Charles (support from DJ Christian McBride)
27th July 2012, 7pm Doors
Leaf Tea Shop, 65-67 Bold Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4EZ
£7 Advance £10 on the door
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