Isley Brothers announce U.S. tour dates

Hot on the heels of their two Soul Train Music Awards nominations this week, the Isley Brothers, featuring Ronald Isley aka ‘Mr. Biggs,’ are about to give back the love to their fans, with the announcement of their headlining winter-spring 2007 U.S. performance dates.  The tour will open on March 14th at Prince’s 3121 Club (the Hotel Rio) in Las Vegas, and will wrap up at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia on April 28th. 
The Isley Brothers, featuring Ronald Isley aka ‘Mr. Biggs,’ earned the first of their two Soul Train Music Awards nominations for Best R&B/Soul Album by a Group, Band or Duo for ‘Baby Makin’ Music’ – their first album for Def Jam’s Def Soul Recordings, which hit #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and #5 on the pop side.

“Just Came Here to Chill,” which rose to #25 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, was nominated for Best R&B Soul Single by a Group, Band or Duo.  The 21st annual Soul Train Music Awards will be announced March 10th at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, and the show will air in syndication during the week of March 17th.

‘Baby Makin’ Music’ (released May 2006) took its title from the impending birth of Ronald O’Kelly Isley, Jr. in December 2006, to Mr. and Mrs. Ron & Kandy Isley – who shared background vocals on the album’s opening cut “You’re My Star.”  (Written and produced by Tim Kelley and Bob Robinson, the track features brother Ernie Isley on acoustic guitar, and contains samples from Gladys Knight & The Pips’ “Makings Of You,” a Curtis Mayfield tune). 

The new album also contains Ron and Kandy’s wedding song, “You Help Me Write This Song,” written (with Ron) and produced by Troy Taylor and Ezekiel “Zeke” Lewis.

There are many other notable collaborations on ‘Baby Makin’ Music.’  Taylor and Lewis wrote (with Ron) and produced “Heaven Hooked Us Up” for the album, with Ernie on guitars.  Taylor collaborated with Gordon Chambers (and co-writer Ron) on “Just Came Here To Chill.” 

The team of Kelley and Robinson wrote and produced a second track, “Pretty Woman.”  Manuel L. Seal, Jr. produced, arranged and composed three tracks: “Show Me,” “Give It To You” and “Beautiful.”  Special guest Jermaine Dupri co-wrote and produced a pair: “Gotta Be With You” and “Forever Mackin’.”

‘Baby Makin’ Music’ marked the long-awaited return to center-stage for Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees the Isley Brothers featuring Ron Isley aka ‘Mr. Biggs.’ The album followed up the May 2003 release of the Isley Brothers’ Body Kiss (Dreamworks), an RIAA gold #1 Pop/ #1 R&B collaboration with younger brother Ernie.  Produced (and mostly written) by R. Kelly, the album featured Ron’s alter ego ‘Mr. Biggs’ on the pop/R&B crossover hit, “What Would You Do?”  Mr. Biggs was first introduced on the Isley Brothers’ album Eternal (Dreamworks, 2001) featuring the pop/R&B crossover hit, “Contagious,” also written and produced by R. Kelly. 

Isley Brothers Tickets are now available at M&C Ticket Database. ‘Baby Makin’ Music’ is now available at Amazon. Visit the music database for more information and a complete track listing. U.S. Tour dates include:

Date                City                             Venue                  

Mar.   14          Las Vegas, NV            Prince’s 3121 Club
          15          Phoenix, AZ                 Celebrity Theatre
          16          San Diego, CA             4th & B’s- TBA
          17          Fresno, CA                  Warner Theater
          18          Long Beach, CA          The Vault
          20          Denver, CO                 Paramount Theater- TBA
          21          Oklahoma City, OK     City Beach- TBA
          22          Tulsa, OK                    The Brady Theatre- TBA
          23          Dallas, TX                    The Nokia
          24          Houston, TX                The Verizon
          25          Shreveport, LA            Municipal Auditorium
          28          New Orleans, LA         House Of Blues
          29          Jacksonville, FL            Convention Center- TBA
          30          Tampa, FL                   Convention Center- TBA
          31          Orlando, FL                 House Of Blues
Apr.   1            Myrtle Beach                House Of Blues
          5            Minneapolis, MN         Municipal Auditorium- TBA
          6            Merryville, IN               Star Plaza
          7            Milwaukee, WI            Riverside Theater – TBA
          8            Detroit, MI                   The Fox Theater
          12          Red Bank, NJ              Count Basie Theater- TBA
          13          New York, NY            TBA
          14          Hartford, CT                Civic Center – TBA
          15          Newark, NJ                 PAC
          20          Cleveland, OH             House Of Blues
          21          Cincinnati, OH              The Music Hall
          26          Pittsburgh, PA              Benedum Center- TBA
          27          Atlantic City, NJ           The Borgata
          28          Philadelphia, PA           The Tower Theater

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