As anticipation builds towards the November 30th release of Mr. I on Def Jam/Def Soul Recordings, the first solo album ever by Ronald Isley — it has just been announced that 2010’s gala Soul Train Awards will honor “the longstanding careers and musical influences” of Isley and Anita Baker.
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Headlined by the new single “No More,” Mr. I is executive produced by Ronald Isley and Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group. 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 Friend,” produced by Jerry ‘Wonda’ Duplessis (of the Fugees). This album not only marks Ronald’s first solo foray, but the milestone 50 years in the recording business!