Ray Charles Robinson Sr. was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist who is often referred to as one of the most iconic singers in history. Kenny Brawner, a master pianist/vocalist, is thrilled to help bring the music of the great Ray Charles to life this February with ‘Ray On My Mind’ on February 25 at 7:00 p.m. at The Madison Center for the Arts.
As a concert/theater work, Brawner will lead his 11-piece orchestra and three sultry vocalists (a la the Raelettees), performing this American legend’s most popular hits: “What’d I Say?”, “I Got A Woman”, “Mess Around”, “Georgia On My Mind”, a blazing hot duet on “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, and many more! The music is interwoven with monologues depicting how gospel, blues, jazz, and country-influenced Ray’s style, while also reflecting on American social history, his epic battle with drugs, and his triumphant return home to Georgia.
Ray On My Mind assembles an orchestra of profoundly accomplished musicians whose performances are ingrained in American popular culture. Members of the orchestra have been heard prolifically on Broadway, Off-Broadway, film, and television. They have performed all over the world and recorded with a diverse range of influential musical giants.
The Madison Center for the Arts is a state-of-the-art venue featuring a 904-seat auditorium, extensive veranda and spacious lobby with a soaring 40-foot ceiling. The elegant versatility of this venue makes it an ideal choice for the performing arts, corporate events, galas, weddings, and other large life celebrations.