"I've recorded with so many amazing artists in my career but never on a duets album all my own. I thought it was time to have some of the friends that I love and the artists that I admire come into my studio and sing with me live," explains Ray Charles on the genesis of Genius Loves Company." All the guests brought their own magic to each song. That's what we wanted and that's exactly what we got." Ray's confidence is understandable. Genius Loves Company stands as a remarkable hallmark in a remarkable career. In his brilliant debut for Concord Records, Ray sings a dozen duets with a dazzling array of guest artists from virtually every genre, who have won a combined 79 GRAMMY® Awards. "We cover it all," Ray adds, "from country to R&B, pop, rock and blues. I've never let them put me in a little box, and this CD expresses that open feeling. A beautiful song is a beautiful song—and to sing with so many beautiful singers is a blessing from God."
Featuring guest artists Natalie Cole, Elton John, Norah Jones, B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Diana Krall, Michael McDonald, Johnny Mathis, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, and James Taylor.
In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of its release, Concord Music Group in conjunction with The Ray Charles Foundation and Hear Music will re-introduce this treasured album in a special 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. Genius Loves Company, originally released in 2004, is one of music's most inspirational and historically significant albums of all time. With over 5.5 million copies sold, Ray Charles final studio album is certified multi-Platinum, Gold or Silver in numerous territories around the world. It is the Winner of eight GRAMMY Awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year in 2005 (tied with number of GRAMMYs won for Norah Jones' Come Away With Me and Michael Jackson's Thriller).