Will.I.Am joins Bill Cosby, Willie Nelson, Quincy Jones and more in the soon-to-be-seen BIO original ‘Ray Charles’ America’. Set to air on the BIO Network this summer, the forthcoming special commemorates the 80th anniversary of Ray Charles’ birth. An in-depth and uncensored look at a life full of turmoil and triumph, and a music career like no other, ‘Ray Charles’ America’ has been approved by his estate with more than twenty-five songs and unprecedented access to never before seen photos and video. Despite growing up dirt-poor, blind and ultimately, orphaned, Ray Charles went on to achieve more than almost any musician in American history, according to BIO. He refused to acknowledge the racial boundaries placed on popular music and melded jazz with country, blues with orchestral music, and gospel with pop. Jesse Jackson, Slash, and Stevie Wonder also appear in the forthcoming special.