Ray Charles was an American singer, songwriter, composer, and pianist.He combined various styles of music like rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues and pioneered the soul music genre.This new music genre went on to produce hits like ‘Hit the Road Jack,’ ‘Georgia On My Mind,’ and ‘Unchain My Heart.’ Considered the ‘Father of Soul Music,’ Ray Charles left an indelible impression on the world of music that is still prevalent several years after his death. Best-known for his secular lyrics and popular jazz arrangements, his works were largely improvisational. Over the course of his career,which spanned over five decades, he inspired a number of other musicians and singer/songwriters. What made him an even bigger international star was the fact that he did not let his visual impairment get in the way of his music, personal life, and career. A man who loved shouldering responsibilities,Charles was extremely friendly with his peers and other musicians. Today, he is remembered for his pleasing, amicable personality and is considered one of the ‘godfathers’ of soul music. From ‘Confession Blues’ to ‘What’d I Say,’ his songs continue to reverberate in the world of music.