DETROIT, Dec. 31 — Sheila Ray Charles, daughter and female namesake of the world renowned singer Ray Charles, will be singing and sharing her telling and revealing testimony on Sunday, January 3, 2010 during the 10:45 a.m. worship service of the New Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 11241 Gunston @ Gunston, Detroit, MI 48213.
Ms. Charles’ book, “Behind the Shades” is her personal and reflective memoir of the rich life and proud legacy of her father, Ray Charles, and most particularly it is a story of how his ups and downs, fame and misfortune, and public and private life directly and deeply impacted and still affects her.
The Rev. Horace L. Sheffield, III, Pastor of New Galilee, in speaking about her visit to the church releases this statement, “Having Sheila Ray Charles come to us on the first day of a brand new year and the beginning of a new decade, with her poignant message of both how her and her father triumph over their trials, is precisely the positive message of hope and how to overcome the odds that my, and other, young people on the east side of Detroit need to hear and embrace. Just this week three lives were lost near our church and another just about destroyed. Perhaps, if our young people hear her story and how she handled and rose from her personal hell then maybe, just maybe, we can spare a few others from an early and needless death by her teaching them how to really live”.
Ms. Charles will be autographing her books immediately after service. Both the public and media are welcome to attend.