Sheila Raye Charles, daughter of musical legend Ray Charles, will give a benefit concert for female inmates at the Leo Chesney Community Correctional Facility on Wednesday, September 30 at 1:00 pm.

Sheila Raye Charles, daughter of musical legend Ray Charles, will give a benefit concert for female inmates at the Leo Chesney Community Correctional Facility on Wednesday, September 30 at 1:00 pm.

Leo Chesney CCF is located at 2800 Apricot Street in Live Oak, California, about one hours’ drive north of Sacramento.  It is operated by Cornell Companies, Inc. of Houston for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  Leo Chesney currently houses 305 minimum security female inmates. The facility offers special programs focused on the inmate’s addictions and other outside influences on their lives to help them turn the corner on their release.

Sheila Raye Charles was the seventh child of renowned singer Ray Charles, who was known for his many smash hits songs such as “Georgia,” “Hit the Road, Jack” and his rendition of “America the Beautiful,” among many others.  Sheila Raye is known for offering concerts for addicted adults and children and prisoners, a response to her own 15-year crack cocaine addiction and felony conviction. 

Her concerts provide renditions of her father’s hits at a wide variety of venues, from jazz festivals to Embassy parties to clubs and places of worship.  She inspires her audiences with stories of her own life challenges of drug addiction and recovery, her spiritual journey and personal growth while at the same time delivering a super charged professional music concert.

For security reasons, any media or press wishing to attend the concert will need to provide advance notice to Charles Seigel at  HYPERLINK "mailto:cseigel@cornellcompanies.com" cseigel@cornellcompanies.com or 713-235-9343 no later than noon Pacific time on Tuesday, September 29.  Additionally, clearance into the institution will need to be attained by contacting the CDCR Press Office at 916- 445-4950.  Facility Director Paula Ford may also be required to restrict access to some locations outside of the concert venue or limit photography of inmates who do not consent.