The young Ray Charles grew up in a poor family from the state of Georgia. He went blind at the age of 7. He discovered music at this period and learned the composition. He began to work as a professional pianist in Florida and then moved to Seattle in 1948 where he made his first recordings under his own name, following the tradition of Nat King Cole.
Thereafter he will a develop in a more personal style, close to rhythm 'n' blues and soul. He will then win international recognition with huge hits such as "I Got a Woman" ou "Hallelujah I Love Her So".