How much is Ronald Isley worth?
|Net Worth:||$2.5 Million|
|Date of Birth:||May 21, 1941|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Ronald Isley
Ronald Isley was born and raised in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, and was the third of six boys born to Sallye and O’Kelly Isley. The family was a musical one, with all of the brothers learning their musical skills in school and church. Ron displayed a knack for singing at a very young age; by the time he was 7, he had already performed at various venues in the Midwest. By the time he was in his mid-teens, Ron and his brothers regularly performed as part of musical church tours.
In 1957 when Ronald was 16, he and his two older brothers, O’Kelly Jr, who was 19 at the time, and Rudy, who was 18, moved to New York City to pursue a professional music career. They recorded songs for multiple labels before landing a deal in 1959 with RCA Records. In August of that year, the trio recorded its first RCA single, “Shout,” under the name The Isley Brothers. The song was a moderate hit in the U.S. and abroad at the time, but over the years gained legendary status. Eventually the group migrated to Wand Records, where they had two more hits in the 1960s, “Twist & Shout” and “It’s Your Thing.”
In 1964, the Isley brothers formed their own label, T-Neck Records, which was named after their adopted headquarters of Teaneck, New Jersey. The Isley Bros. continued to release albums under T-Neck through the 1960s, and in 1973 the group doubled its membership by adding Ronald’s younger brothers Ernie and Marvin Isley to the group, along with childhood friend Chris Jasper, whose sister, Elaine, was married to Ron’s brother Rudolph. Their first album as a sextet included two songs with Ron Isley on lead vocals that became legendary: “Summer Breeze” and “That Lady, Pt. 1 & 2,” commonly known as “Who’s That Lady.”
After a number of other hits in the 1970s and early ’80s, including “Fight the Power, Pt. 1,” “For the Love of You” and “Between the Sheets,” three members of The Isley Bros. left the group in 1984 to form a trio called Isley Jasper Isley. Ron stayed on to guide the original group, but by the end of the decade, the group went on hiatus. In 1991 the group was reborn under the reworked name The Isley Bros. feat. Ronald Isley, and went on to release a new album in 1991. The group still exists under that name to the present day, with Ron and his guitarist brother Ernie as the only two official members.
Marriages & Children
Ronald was married to singer Angela Winbush from 1993 to 2002. Despite the 14-year age difference, they had two daughters together, whom they named Tawanna and Trenisha.
He married his second wife, background singer Kandy Johnson, in 2005. She is 35 years younger than he is. The couple’s first child, Ron Jr., was born in 2007.
Health Problems & Prison Sentence
Ron suffered a stroke in 2004 and although he eventually recovered from the health problems, in 2007 he was convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to 37 months in prison. Even though he was in his 60s at the time and had a history of health issues, including kidney failure, he served his full sentence and was released from custody in April 2010. Seven months later, he released a solo album, Mr. I.
Critic: ‘Mr. I’
Ronald Isley’s latest album might be called Mr. I, but his true nickname might as well be Mr. Versatility. That’s because on his latest release, Ron manages to sing classic-sounding ballads, modern-sounding up-tempo jams and everything in between with an equal amount of skill and dexterity. Mr. I, released in the U.S. on Nov. 30, 2010, doesn’t really break much new ground musically or lyrically, but it’s a very smooth and enjoyable listen. The silky-smooth senior has still got skills.
Ronald Isley was 69-year-old throughout the recording of much of this album, but much of the material could have easily have been sung by a man less than half his age. The best of these songs is the album’s opening tune, “Take It How You Want It,” a sleek, sexually-charged song where Ron brags about his bedroom prowess. “I love it when you get on top, and I’mma give it how you need it/Once I start, It’s gon’ be hard to stop, And you can take it how you want it,” he sings in his most seductive tone. Ordinarily, hearing a senior citizen go on about his libido would be mildly creepy, but this is the man who sang “Between the Sheets,” after all, and he still sounds perfectly natural, and hasn’t lost a step when it comes to that topic.
One of the album’s other most noteworthy age-defying songs are “Supposed to Do,” a track where Ron sings about all the things that he does for his woman: “Trips up to Aspen playin’ in the snow, Put the pictures on your Facebook and let them haters know/Shop in Italy, spend about a hundred grand, It ain’t a thing to me, that’s just a couple rubber bands,” he sings on the song, which happens to be co-written by R&B; singer Tank.
Old to the New
Another highlight is the celebratory anthem “Put Your Money On Me,” where Mr. I. brags hip-hop style about his winning record and ability to come through in the clutch: “Any time the star is in the game it’s automatic, I’m gonna win it all, so give me the ball,” he sings.
But for every song with a modern twist on the album, there’s one that harkens back to old school Isley Bros. jams of the 1960s and ‘70s. The album’s second song, “No More,” is a sweet and sentimental song about how a good, loyal woman is a rare breed these days, like a classic car or timeless record. And “You Had Me at Hello” has such a vintage feel to it that it sounds like a 1980s pop standard, even though it’s a new recording. The album’s definitive old-school moment though, is the teaming up of Ron with Aretha Franklin on the Carole King song “You’ve Got a Friend,” which was originally recorded almost 30 years ago. This is the only song here where Ron sounds like a nostalgia act, because it drips with the sentimentalism of a bygone age. Fortunately though, the song manages to not become too cliché-sounding or sappy.
Born: May 21, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Raised in Ohio, currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri.