Ron Isley

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Ron Isley

Ronald Isley aka Mr. Biggs is known as the lead singer and founding member of the family music group the Isley Brothers.

Ronald Isley was born the third of six brothers (O’Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley, Ronald, Vernon Isley, Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley) to Sallye Bernice (Bell) and O’Kelly Isley, Sr. Ronald, like many of his siblings, began his career in the church. He began singing at the age of three, winning a $25 war bond for singing at a spiritual contest at the Union Baptist Church. By the age of seven, Ronald was singing on-stage at venues such as the Regal Theater in Chicago, alongside Dinah Washington and a few other notables.

By his early teens, he was singing regularly with his brothers in church tours and also first appeared on TV on Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour. In 1957, sixteen-year-old Ronald and his two elder brothers Kelly, 19 and Rudy, 18, moved to New York, recording doo-wop for local labels before landing a major deal withRCA Records in 1959, where the trio wrote and released their anthemic “Shout.” By the summer of 1959, the Isley family had moved from Cincinnati to a home in Englewood, New Jersey.[2]

For much of the Isley Brothers’ duration, Ron Isley would remain the group’s consistent member of the group as well as the lead vocalist for most of the group’s tenure with sporadic lead shares with his older brothers. In 1969, Ron and his brothers reformed T-Neck Records in a need to produce themselves without the control of record labels, forming the label shortly after ending a brief tenure with Motown. In 1973, the group’s style and sound drastically changed following the release of the 3 + 3 album where brothers Ernie Isley and Marvin Isley and in-law Chris Jasper permanently enter the brothers’ lineup, writing the music and lyrics to the group’s new sound. The younger brothers had been providing instrumental help for the brothers since the late 1960s. By the mid-1970s, Ronald was living in Teaneck, New Jersey.

After Kelly Isley’s death in 1986 and Rudy Isley’s exit to fulfill a dream of ministry in 1989, Ronald has carried on with the Isley Brothers name either as a solo artist or with accompanying help from the group’s younger brothers, much more prominently, Ernie Isley. In 1990, Isley scored a top-ten duet with Rod Stewart with a cover of his brothers’ hit “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You),” and in 2003 Ronald recorded a solo album, Here I Am: Bacharach Meets Isley, with Burt Bacharach. In addition, Ron Isley became a sought-after hook singer for R&B veteran R. Kelly, and hip-hop acts such as Warren G., 2Pacand UGK.

Ronald released his first solo album Mr. I on November 30, 2010. The album includes the first single “No More” It debuted at number 50 on the Billboard 200, selling 22,243 copies. It was his first solo album to crack that chart.

In 2010, Isley received a “Legend Award,” surveying Isley Brother music written largely by the younger brothers, at the Soul Train Music Awards.

 

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Mr. I

2010 album from the R&B/Soul legend. This album not only marks Ronald’s first solo foray, but the milestone 50 years in the recording business! Artists putting in guest appearances include T.I. (“Put Your Money On Me”) and the Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin, on the album’s climactic closing version of Carole King’s “You’ve Got a…

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The Isley Influence

Take a look at what Influence Ronald Isley has had on the music industry. Celebrities like Rev Jesse Jackson, Wolf Blitzer, L.A Reid, Steve Harvey, Terrance Howard, Tank, Jeremiah, Taraji P. Henson, Ne-Yo, Cee-lo, El Debarge, Sean Garret, Faith Evans, erykah badu, were there to show their support. Click here to pre-order Ron Isley’s new…

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Ron Isley's New Album Mr. I In Stores Now

Headlined by the new single “No More,” , Ronald Isley releases his first solo album entitled Mr. I Guest appearances include T.I. (“Put Your Money On Me”) and the Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Purchase Mr. I Here

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Photos: Ron Isley At The Soul Train Awards

Check out these photos of Ron Isley from the 2010 Soul Train Awards. The show will air next Nov. 28th on Centric. Click here to read the rest on essence.com Click here to download “No More” on iTunes. Click here to download “No More” on Amazon. Text RONISLEY to 30103 for updates on your mobile….

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R.Kelly And Ronald Isley Backstage At 2010 Soul Train Awards

Click here to pre-order Ron Isley’s new album “Mr. I” on Amazon now before it hits stores Nov. 30th! Click here to download “No More” on iTunes. Click here to download “No More” on Amazon. Text RONISLEY to 30103 for updates on your mobile. Message & Data Rates May Apply Text STOP to 30103 to…

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Ron Isley Chats with Essence About New Album, Lauryn Hill and the Whereabouts of Mr. Biggs

Soul legend Ron Isley is no stranger to making hit songs and well-received albums. But after spending three years in prison for tax evasion, the 69-year-old crooner says he’s never been so focused on making a great comeback album. Just months after his release from prison, Isley is ready to put out his new album,…

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New Single: Ron Isley - "No More"

Get Ron Isley’s new single “No More” available on iTunes and Amazon.com Now! Click here to download “No More” on iTunes. Click here to download “No More” on Amazon. Text RONISLEY to 30103 for updates on your mobile. Message & Data Rates May Apply Text STOP to 30103 to opt out. Text HELP to 30103…

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Ronald Isley Featured In EBONY Magazine.

Check out Ronald Isley featured in the new issue of Ebony Magazine, available now. Text DEFJAM to 30103 for updates to your mobile phone. Message & Data Rates May Apply Text STOP to 30103 to opt out. Text HELP to 30103 for more information. Up to 5 Messages/Month. Terms of Service http://www.mozes.com/go/tos , Privacy Policy…

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