Lady A vocalist and songwriter Charles Kelley recorded a cover of Ray Charles‘ all-time classic “Georgia On My Mind” for ESPN’s official commercial for the upcoming Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia. The seven-time Grammy Award-winner brings an authentic tie-in to the Masters anthem tradition, being an Augusta native.
“Growing up in Augusta I have been going to the Masters for as long as I can remember, so this was a special full-circle moment for me,” says Kelley. “No one can sing this song like Ray Charles, but I hope I did him justice and I can’t wait to get back home and experience the Masters in-person.”
As a co-writer on many chart-topping Lady A hits, including the 9-times Platinum “Need You Now,” Kelley has also penned No. 1 hits by Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Brett Young and Russell Dickerson. Lady A have long been a model of mainstream success, with 11 No. 1 hits, 18 million albums sold, 34 million tracks, five billion digital streams and a global touring footprint. Kelley also earned a Grammy nomination as a solo artist from his debut album’s release, The Driver.
The 2022 Masters begins April 7 and ends on April 10. The legendary tournament can be watched on ESPN and CBS.