Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 20, 2013

Ray Charles' daughter will visit Andover church and perform


Charles will bring with her "an intense story but, all the while, going through this process, we're going to have a good time too," Charles said.

While Sheila Raye Charles' story is one of triumph, her presentation in Andover will also focus on her father, she said.

"If there's one thing you should know about Ray Charles, Ray didn't just let anybody in his very close-knit circle of music. The fact that he even let me in to record with him let me know I had something special," Sheila Raye Charles said. "It wasn't until my relationship with God that I knew what that special something was."

To honor her father, she will also perform some of her father's hits — albeit with her own flair.

"When I do his music, I kind of portray him inside of that," she said. "It's a pretty exciting moment within my testimony when I do my father's music."

Sheila Raye Charles' books and music will be on sale at the event, but everything else is "a free showcase."

The church is located at 7 Central St. in downtown Andover, essentially across Essex Street from the side of Memorial Hall Library. For more information, visit the church's website at

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