Sheila Raye Charles, daughter of iconic performer Ray Charles, delivers a powerful message to the students at Palmetto Youth Academy

ttompkins@bradenton.comMay 2, 2013 

PALMETTO -- Sheila Raye Charles delivers a powerful message to the students at Palmetto Youth Academy, a residential program for high-risk juvenile offenders Wednesday.

Charles and her husband, Michael Steptoe, shared their personal stories of redemption through their faith as part of their One Way Up Prison Ministry.

Charles had a troubled past, fighting an addiction to crack cocaine, losing custody of five children and spending time in federal prison. Charles is the daughter of iconic performer Ray Charles.

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