Just 7 months after his release from prison for tax evasion, recording artist Ronald Isley is set to debut his solo album tomorrow, Nov. 20. The singer was also recognized for his body of work last night during a 19-minute long tribute on the Soul Train Awards.
The 68-year-old lead singer of the Isley Brothers was inspired to record a gospel album while behind bars and working on the record in the prison chapel, according to a news release from Sound Spike.
Ron’s new album is entitled ‘Mr. I,’ and he collaborates with Aretha Franklin on Carole King‘s “You’ve Got a Friend,” Lauryn Hill and T.I. on his first solo effort.
The Soul Train Awards — taped Nov. 10 — aired last night on BET and artists paid tribute to Ron at the The 2010 Soul Train Awards. Eric Benet, El DeBarge, Freddie Jackson, Jeffrey Osborne and Peabo Bryson delivered a 19-minute long tribute to the singer, opened up by R&B songstress Keyshia Cole.
The awards show was hosted again by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, and was packed with performances from some of the biggest names in soul and R&B. Cee-Lo Green even performed his smash hit “Forget You.”
Catch Ronald’s tribute below.
Ron Isley ft. Lauryn Hill – “Close to you”