Musical legend Ronald Isley has gone top 5 once again with his new album, “This Song is For You,” which was released on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. The album debuted on the charts this week at #3 on the R&B chart, #4 on the Independent Chart, and #27 on the Top 200, with over 10,000 copies sold. Isley is one of the very few artists to have a top 10 R&B album in each of the last six decades!
The album features 13 songs which showcase the unique sound that has kept Ronald Isley in the spotlight for so many years. The first single, “Dinner and a Movie,” is currently number #11 at urban AC radio. To listen to “Dinner and a Movie” click here.
Isley, as part of the Isley brothers, released the dance anthem “Shout” in 1959. This hit was followed by “It’s Your Thing,” “Twist and Shout,” “This Old Heart of Mine,” and more. After forming the T-Neck label to maintain better control over their recordings, the Isleys charted more than 20 pop titles in the ‘70s (and nearly twice that many on the R&B side) with hits like Stephen Stills’ “Love The One You’re With,” “That Lady,” Seals & Crofts’ “Summer Breeze,” “Harvest for the World,” “Fight The Power Part 1,” “For The Love of You,” “The Pride,” “Take Me To the Next Phase,” and “I Wanna Be With You,” among many others. The next few decades saw more hits by The Isley Brothers, including “Between The Sheets,” and “Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time For Love).”
In 2003, Ronald Isley released an acclaimed album with songwriting legend Burt Bacharach titled, “Here I Am: Bacharach Meets Isley.” Isley has also had a long-standing collaboration with R. Kelly, who produced and wrote material for Isley in the mid ‘90s and early ‘00s. Isley also sang hooks on tracks for R. Kelly, as well as hip-hop acts such as Warren G., 2Pac and UGK.
Isley will tour this summer with Frankie Beverly and Kem, beginning tomorrow. Look for more dates to be announced soon.