The American singer-songwriter Sheila Raye Charles was the daughter of famous Blues, and Gospel singer, songwriter, musician, and composer, Ray Charles AKA “The Genius”. Sadly, she’s no more with us. But her music and her father’s contribution to the American Music still resides in the heart of many.
And today, in the loving memory of Ray Charles and his daughter, this biography will reveal the life story of Sheila Raye Charles. From a downward spiral of addiction to having faith in Jesus, we’ve covered it all. Stick till the end to find about her cause of death, net worth, childhood, siblings, and age.
Sheila Raye Charles’ Wiki-Bio: Parents, Early Life, Addiction & Jesus
The American singer Sheila Raye Charles was born in September 1963, Los Angeles, California, United States. She was the daughter of her mother Sandra Jean Betts and one of the iconic musicians of the 20th century, Ray Charles, who played, sang and composed music, blindly. But the blind man had something extra-ordinary about his talent, his music was pure and by heart.
Her mother wasn’t the one that Ray married, but Sandra and Ray’s romance became the gossip of the town after Sheila’s birth.
“It was very confusing times,” Sheila said. “My father came to see my mother and didn’t see me. It was very hard. Every little girl wants their father. The moments I had with him I treasured.”
“It was very hard” as Sheila recalls her early life memory. She and her mom, Sandra moved places before finally settling in Minnesota.
In the musical testimony of her life, ‘Behind The Shades’ (autobiography), Sheila Raye noted how she finally found a ray of light at the end of her tunnel.
During her early childhood, Sheila was allegedly abused by her own family member.
At the age of 16 years old, Ray Charles’ daughter survived a near-fatal car wreck.
She also did three stints in federal prison while heavily drugged with crack & cocaine.
She is alive in her autobiography where she mentions, at that time she was at the lowest point in her life. It was during her last confinement that her life dramatically changed.