Ray Charles Plaza


From pioneers reaching and preaching from the side of a scratchy 78 to current artists dominating digital downloads, Georgia’s musical past, present and future is and always will be marked by a spirit of innovation, reflection and the sense of soul that is uniquely Georgia. And, while we may claim it as our own, Georgia’s music truly belongs to the world. There’s not a single community – from Brasstown to the beaches – that doesn’t celebrate this most precious of exports with performances, exhibitions, landmarks and events.

Explore Georgia, and experience your own soundtrack of music and memories. See where the original influencers – like Little Richard, James Brown, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Johnny Mercer, Fiddlin' John Carson, the Allman Brothers, the B-52's, R.E.M. and more – laid the groundwork for today's ground-shaking music scene that has Lil' Nas, Janelle Monae, Sugarland and Jason Aldean proudly calling Georgia home. Add their impact to a groundswell of music production, vibrant live music scenes and historic tributes to the legends and landmarks that shaped American music and popular culture today, and you've got an entertainment experience like no other place in the world.

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