Ray Trailer - Directed by Taylor Hackford and starring Jamie Foxx, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix, Bokeem Woodbine, C.J. Sanders. Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, he 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 couping gospel and country together.