|Ashanti performed at the first-day-of-issue stamp dedication ceremony in Atlanta.|
On September 24th, the Ray Charles Forever Stamp was announced as the latest inductee into the Postal Service’s Music Icons Forever Stamp Series. Two first-day-of-issue dedication ceremonies were held in Los Angeles and Atlanta on what would have been the 83rd birthday for the “father of soul.” In Atlanta, songstress Ashanti and the Morehouse College Glee Club paid tribute to Charles by performing a medley of his songs, and in Los Angeles at The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, GRAMMY award winner, singer, songwriter, actor and activist Chaka Khan performed “I'll Be Good to You.”
“Ray Charles taught us the value of hard work and determination, how to overcome challenges and how to tap the genius inherent in each person,” said Valerie Ervin, President of The Ray Charles Foundation, who spoke at the Los Angeles event. “We are extremely grateful that the Postal Service is celebrating this legacy with the release of a stamp in Ray Charles’ honor.”
The limited-edition Ray Charles Forever Stamp as well as Ray Charles Forever, a deluxe CD collection featuring the unreleased recording of “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” (listen HERE) and the exclusive bonus track, “I Didn’t Know What Time it Was,” is now available at major Post Office locations across the country, as well as online at usps.com/stamps and ebay.com/stamps.
Source: Press release