As a young boy, while attending the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine, Florida, Ray Charles Robinson learned to read, write and arrange music in Braille. He also learned to play piano, organ, sax, clarinet and trumpet. He took the stage under the name Ray Charles and soon become known world wide. He was a legendary singer, songwriter, pianist and composer, who was often referred to as “The Genius.” Charles pioneered the genre of soul music during the 1950s by combining rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles.
2. Jamie Foxx
Eric Marlon Bishop, known professionally as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer, comedian, writer, and producer. Fox is also a television director, pianist, television producer, and musician singer-songwriter.
3. Stevie Wonder
Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he has become one of the most creative and loved musical performers of the late 20th century.
4. John Legend
John Roger Stephens, known professionally as John Legend, is a gifted singer, songwriter, pianist and actor. Legend released his debut album, Get Lifted, on GOOD Music in December 2004. It featured production by Kanye West, Dave Tozer, and will.i.am, and debuted at number 7 on the US Billboard 200, selling 116,000 copies in its first week.
5. Alicia Keys
Alicia Augello Cook, known professionally as Alicia Keys, is a singer, songwriter, record producer, pianist and actress. Alicia Keys became an international star through her singular mix of classic and contemporary R&B. Her debut album, Songs in A Minor, sold more than 50,000 copies during its first day of availability in 2001.