David Ritz has written books with Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, B. B. King, and many others. David is a born-again Christian, and his book on black Christianity, Messengers, was called "inspirational and deeply moving" by Time magazine. He has won a Grammy for liner notes and is the only four-time winner of the Gleason Music Book of the Year Award. Ritz lives in Los Angeles with Roberta, his wife of forty-two years.