R&B icons the Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley a.k.a. “Mr. Biggs” will on March 7 release a new album, “Baby Makin’ Music.” The Def Jam Soul set sports production by Jermaine Dupri, Tim and Bob and Manuel Seal, Jr., among others.
Lead single “Just Came Here to Chill” was produced by Troy Taylor (Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, Yolanda Adams) and Gordon Chambers (Houston, Brandy, Aretha Franklin).
“Baby Makin’ Music” is the follow-up to 2003’s “Body Kiss” (DreamWorks), which bowed atop The Billboard 200 and has sold 787,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Isley Brothers’ preceding albums, “Eternal” (2001) and the Def Jam set “Mission To Please” (1996), have both sold more than 1 million copies.
“Baby Makin’ Music” could be arriving at an inopportune time for Ronald Isley, who in October was convicted of five counts of tax evasion and one count of willful failure to file a tax return. His sentencing is scheduled for this month; he faces a maximum possible sentence of 26 years in federal prison.