Forever Ray is a 10-piece band from the New York metropolitan area which
is fronted by Shulton Whitley and led by musical director and drummer
Bobby Deitch. They perform the exciting and uplifting music of Ray
Charles, which includes a wonderful blend of musical styles that range
from Jazz and Blues, to Country and R&B.
One band member, Angela Workman, worked with Mr. Charles. She was an
original Raylette, one of his backup singers, for 11 years. The band has
played gigs at Lincoln Center and BB King's Blues Club in New York. The
show is not merely a straight concert. Mr. Dietch notes, "We do our
best to give a little bit of history of the songs and of Ray. We’ll give
the audience a sense of what Ray was all about. We don’t just go right
into the song after song.”
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization
Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts
with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State
Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester.