LUFKIN, TX. The Angelina Arts Alliance is proud to present Georgia On My Mind: A Celebration of the Music of the legendary Ray Charles featuring an all-star lineup of award winning musicians! The performance will take place Thursday, November 21 at the Temple Theater beginning at 7:30 pm.

Ray Charles, a Georgia native son was an American treasure who won every major honor from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame to the Hollywood Walk of Fame… from the Kennedy Honors to a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He transcended racism and cultural upheavals, and spread his music based on Gospel, Blues, Jazz and Country around the world…he was a genius!

Boasting iconic tunes from the catalogue of the genius himself, the artists make each song a winning part of the tapestry that is Ray Charles’ music. Join us as we celebrate Ray’s music with an all-star cast of award winning performers, featuring:

Take 6 – These Gospel Music Hall of Famers have won 10 Grammy Awards. Take 6 showcases six voices united in crystal clear harmony, placed against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop. Members Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble (who just won his 11th Grammy Award, this one as Arranger), Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley have been heralded by Quincy Jones as “the baddest vocal cats on the planet.” Take 6 has come a long way from their days at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Ala., where McKnight formed the group as The Gentleman’s Estate Quartet in the 1980s. When tenor Mark Kibble heard the group rehearsing in a dorm bathroom, he joined in the harmonies and performed on stage that night. Their self-titled debut CD scored two 1988 Grammy Awards, and landed in the Top Ten Billboard Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian Charts. Take 6 has recently released an album of exquisite arrangements of contemporary favorites, ICONIC. In the 30 years since their start, the group has set the standard for a cappella groups, and has never slowed down. Learn more about Take 6 here

Nnenna Freelon – Six-time Grammy Award nominee Nnenna Freelon has earned a welldeserved reputation as a compelling and captivating live performer. In 2014, Nnenna starred in the critically acclaimed show “Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles” at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Nnenna is no stranger to the music of the master singer – she toured with Ray Charles, as well as many other greatest jazz artists including Ellis Marsalis, Al Jarreau, George Benson, and others. Learn more about Nnenna Freelon here

Clint Holmes – Emmy Award winning singer, songwriter and musician, Clint Holmes is a Las Vegas based vocal star, has been selling out concert halls around the world… his exciting soulful stylings will bring magic to this enchanted evening.

Tom Scott – Tom Scott is a renowned composer, arranger, producer, musical director, saxophonist and educator. His 33 solo recordings have earned him 14 Grammy nominations and 3 Grammy Awards. In 2013, he produced a CD for ukulele master Brittni Paiva which won a Hawaiian Grammy for Ukulele Album of the Year, and received his first Emmy Award nomination in 2017 for Musical Direction of the Tony Bennett 90th Birthday TV Special on NBC. “We are proud to present this all-star lineup of musical talent to celebrate the iconic and legendary musician Ray Charles. This performance is sure to be thrilling! There are tickets still available, so don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event,” said Jennifer Allen, Executive Director of the Angelina Arts Alliance.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit the Temple Theater Box Office on the Angelina College Lufkin campus, Monday through Friday 11 am – 5 pm or call (936) 633-5454, or go online at . Details and video clips for this performance and the entire new season are on the Arts Alliance website. Follow Angelina Arts Alliance on Facebook for late-breaking news, photos, videos and ticket giveaways.

Angelina College offers FREE RUSH tickets to every AC student (with a valid student ID) for all Performing Arts Series performances this season. Students may obtain their free tickets by arriving at the box office no earlier than one hour before show time. All AC Faculty and Staff receive a 15% discount on all Performing Arts Series performances.

The Angelina Arts Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to present a wide array of diverse, quality performing arts, along with educational and family performances which collectively enrich, engage and educate the community.