Craig Armstrong - Ray


The moving score from Ray, the new film celebrating the life and career of musical legend Ray Charles, arrives in stores December 7, with more than 50 minutes of music by award-winning composer Craig Armstrong.

RAY: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE intercuts Armstrong's sweeping score with snippets of dialogue from the new Taylor Hackford film starring Jamie Foxx. Universal Pictures released Ray on October 29.

In addition to a pop career collaborating with such artists as U2, Madonna, and Massive Attack, Armstrong was named Composer of the Year in 2001 by the American Film Institute. His acclaimed music for the film Moulin Rouge! recently won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score. Armstrong's numerous other film credits include Mission: Impossible, Romeo + Juliet, and Cruel Intentions, and his solo work includes the lush and cinematic albums The Space Between Us and As If To Nothing, a hit on the Billboard electronic charts. Craig's most recent solo album is the sublime Piano Works released on Sanctuary in October 2004 to critical acclaim. Piano Works is a stunning collection of piano pieces performed by Craig, the album also includes piano versions of some of his much loved film themes.

Featuring 26 tracks, RAY: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE follows the release of RAY: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK, a collection of the musical genius' most memorable original recordings that was released on October 19.

Ray is the never-before-told musical biographical drama of American legend Ray Charles. Featuring a remarkable performance from Jamie Foxx in the central role, Ray follows the inspiring story of a one-of-kind genius.

Born in a poor town in Georgia, Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven shortly after witnessing his younger brother's accidental death. Inspired by a fiercely independent mother who insisted he make his own way in the world, Charles found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern musical circuit, the soulful singer gained a reputation and then exploded with worldwide fame when he pioneered incorporating gospel, country, jazz, and orchestral influences into his inimitable style. As he revolutionized the way people appreciated music, he simultaneously fought segregation in the very clubs that launched him and championed artists' rights within the corporate music business. Ray provides an unflinching portrait of Charles' musical genius as he overcomes drug addiction while transforming into one of this country's most beloved performers.

Ray is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Taylor Hackford (An Officer And A Gentleman); screenplay by James L. White, from a story by Hackford and White; and produced by Hackford, Stuart Benjamin, Howard Baldwin, and Karen Baldwin.

Charles was recently awarded the prestigious "President's Merit Award" from the Grammy organization by its president, Neil Portnow, just prior to the 2004 Grammy Awards, and was named a City of Los Angeles "Cultural Treasure" by Mayor James Hahn during "African American Heritage Month" in February.

He also received the NAACP Image Awards' "Hall of Fame Award" on March 6.

In addition to multiple Grammy Awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement, Charles is also one of the original inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Presidential Medal for the Arts, France's Legion of Honor, and the Kennedy Center Honors.

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