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Ray Charles Tribute

Russell Christian, original member of the multi platinum, number one selling soul band 'The Christians' brings you the ultimate tribute act, paying homage to Rhythm & Blues pioneer and originator of the Soul Music genre, the late, great Ray Charles.

Russell's ability to capture the iconic sound and energy of Ray Charles is second only to the man himself, with his soul soaked voice and amazing instrumental ability on the piano and saxophone.

Joining Russell on vocals we have 'The RayLaa's', the breath taking female harmony section, singing spine tingling harmonies and delivering dazzling dance moves that never fail to hold any crowd captivated.

The band behind the big sound of Ray Charles Tribute is a powerhouse of veteran instrumentalists from the Liverpool music scene who have played extensively amongst the regions most exciting and ground-breaking bands.

The band's musicians have an immense catalogue of experience, having performed internationally in America, Asia and Europe, as well as recording and performing alongside such legends as Paul McCartney, James Brown and Barry White amongst many others.

Ray Charles Tribute perform an impressive repertoire from the prolific career of Ray, as well as a selection of other classic songs from the genres of soul, stax, motown, rhythm & blues, funk, cult cinema and imaginative remakes of modern classics.

The band, are available as either a 10 or 7-piece outfit. The full line up features Russell Christian on lead vocal, keyboards and saxophone, joined by 3 female vocalists, a 3-piece horn section, drums, double bass and guitar. The 7-piece has the same line up with just 2 female vocalists and 1 horn player.

Ray Charles Tribute can also provide a range of supplementary services upon request, including a piano and vocal lounge performance and DJ sets throughout the event.

Act Information


The line up features Russell Christian on lead vocal, keyboards and saxophone, joined by 2 female vocalists, a horn player, drums, double bass and guitar.

Extra Line-up(s)

The band is also available as a 10-piece, with 1 extra female vocalist, and 2 extra horn players.

Ray Charles Tribute can also provide a range of supplementary services upon request, including a piano and vocal lounge performance and DJ sets throughout the event.

Also included

2 PA systems - 3k Rig with 4 cabs / 5k rig with 4 cabs, can be used combined for larger venues.

LED stage lighting set.


North West based and will travel to these areas: Midlands, North East, North West, Scotland, Wales, Ireland.

Previous Clients

Wedding Jam
Threshold Festival
Boomtown Fair
Camp & Furnace
Open Culture
Speakeasy Events
The Kazimier
Metal Culture


"Ray Charles Tribute are a brilliant band, they're performance on the Liverpool Bandstand drew a great crowd and had all ages up and dancing! It was a true celebration of Ray Charles' wonderful music by talented performers. We look forward to having them perform again." Charlotte - Open Culture

�Ray Charles Tribute were like a ray of sunshine as their performance included covers Hit The Road Jack and I Got A Woman. Singer and keyboard player Russell Christian bared an uncanny resemblance to Ray Charles in a black suit and bow tie and red shirt with black glasses. His strong vocals instantly took us back to the 50s and 60s. The two backing singers, Jodie Mellor and Sophie Christian were glamorous in their matching pink dresses and their vocals were classic, powerful and pure. They are definitely a tribute band to go and see; just make sure you have your dancing shoes on.� - Becky Tavenor � Threshold Festival

�Liverpool based Ray Charles Tribute prove to be much more than a run of the mill tribute band.
Russell Christian, famed for Liverpool band The Christians, fronts the performance and embodies all the qualities of the late musician, whilst adding his own unique flair to the instantly recognisable songs.
Supported by the brilliant backing band and 'The Raylaahs,' a tribute to Ray Charles' original backing singers, this is a band you do not want to miss.� - Purple Revolver

"Sultry, sophisticated and uplifting old school soul and blues. Ray Charles Tribute belt out gorgeous arrangements of glamorous classics that are guaranteed to get you dancing�" - Fiona Shaw, Wordscapes Publishing


Starring 'Russel Christian' - from number 1, multi platinum selling band - 'The Christians'.
Authentic Soul band, which has played throughout Europe, America and Asia.
Members have recorded and performed alongside such legends as Paul McCartney and James Brown.



Ray Charles Songs :
Hit the Road Jack
Georgia On My Mind
I Believe
Lonely Avenue
Tell the World About You
What Kind of Man Are You
Lets Go Get Stoned
Unchain My Heart
I Don�t Need No Doctor
Don�t Set Me Free
I Got A Woman
What I�d Say
Shake Your Tail Feather
Blue Moon of Kentucky
Loves Gonna Live Here
Should�ve Been Me
Night Time is the Right Time
How Do You Feel
All I Ever Need Is You
In The Heat Of The Night
Baby Don�t You Cry
You Are My Sunshine
Moving On
Other Covers of Soul / Motown / Funk
Hold on I'm coming Sam and Dave
Knock On Wood Eddie Floyd
Jungle Boogie Kool and The Gang
Heard it Through the Grapevine Marvin Gaye
Mustang Sally The Commitments
Use Me Up Bill Withers
Ain�t No Sunshine Bill Withers
Think Aretha Franklin
Chain Of Fools Aretha Franklin
Come Together The Beatles
Proud Mary Ike and Tina Turner
Take Me To The River Al Green
Rescue Me Fontella Bass
Soul Man Sam and Dave
Just my Imagination The Temptations
Why Do Fools Fall In Love Frankie Lymon / Diana Ross
Everybody The Blues Brothers
Sunshine Of Your Love Spanky Wilson
Mr Big Stuff Jean Knight
Valerie Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse
Crazy Gnarls Barkley
Mercy Duffy
Forget You Cee-Lo Green
Rolling In The Deep Adele
I Need a Dollar Aloe Blacc
Smiley Faces Gnarles Barkley
Blurred lines robin thick
No Diggity Blackstreet
Happy Pharell

Extra Costs

The price brackets above should be used as a guide only as all quotes are bespoke.

Performance times for most acts except Tributes and some other Unique performers are usually 2 x 60 minute sets or 3 x 40 min sets.

(If you require the act to perform longer than these times you may incur extra costs.)

Travel costs vary depending on the act and will be included to the quote given to you by our agents.

Our acts would usually expect to arrive around 6pm and to be finished around midnight.

(If you need the act to arrive earlier or finish later there may be extra costs but these can be negotiated.)