- Directors: Taylor Hackford
- Producers: Taylor Hackford, Stuart Benjamin, Howard Baldwin, Karen Baldwin
- Writers: James L White
- Genres: Biography, Drama, Music
- Actors: Jamie Foxx
Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles Robinson went blind at the age of seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mother who insisted he make his own way in the world, Charles found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern musical circuit, the soulful singer gained a reputation and then exploded with worldwide fame when he pioneered incorporating gospel, country, jazz and orchestral influences into his inimitable style.
As he revolutionized the way people appreciated music, he simultaneously fought segregation in the very clubs that launched him and championed artistsâ€™ rights within the corporate music business. The movie provides a portrait of Charlesâ€™ musical genius as he overcomes drug addiction while transforming into one of his countryâ€™s most beloved performers.