Last year, singers Laiken Love and Trae Gurley wowed the Tybee Post Theater with a tribute to Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Now the duo are returning with a show devoted to two legends of soul and blues.
“Ray & Etta: Father of Soul & Matriarch of Blues” is a swinging tribute to Ray Charles and Etta James. Charles was a Georgia native who was blind since the age of seven. He produced a number of hits for Atlantic Records like “Georgia On My Mind,” “Unchain My Heart,” and “Shake Ya Tail Feather.” His is combination of R&B, blues, and gospel earned him the label “Father of Soul.”
James won six Grammy Awards and 17 Blues Music Awards with her deep, earthy voice and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
It’s one of the great missed opportunities of music that Ray and Etta never recorded together, so this show will be a chance to imagine what might have been. “Etta James was a huge fan of Ray Charles and looked up to him a lot,” Love said. “In one of her songs, she does a swinging version of ‘Misty’ and at the end of her song she would give a shout out to Ray Charles and she would do a little run like Ray does.”
For Love, with her “sweet and sassy” vocals, performing the songs of Etta James is a natural fit. “As a wedding singer ‘At Last’ is my number one song,” Love said. “That’s also one of the songs that made me appreciate music and make me want to do music. Whenever I would go to open-mics or karaoke it became a staple that people loved for me to sing.” Read More