What do Smokey Robinson, Teena Marie, The Four Tops, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendrick, Kim Weston, L.J. Reynolds, Kirk Whalum, Rena Scott, Rene & Angela, Carrie Lucas, and Theo Peoples have in common? Well, Ronnie McNeir has produced, recorded with, written for, and/or played keyboards behind this all-star soul list and many more. Despite his impressive resume, Ronnie McNeir is virtually unknown… in the United States. Across the Atlantic, he enjoys a high level of acclaim and his records go for thousands of dollars on the elite UK soul scene. As a vocalist, keyboardist, producer and songwriter in his own right, he has consistently had a hand in creating superb soul music since his debut on an obscure Detroit soul label many years ago… Read more
His mellow tenor voice epitomizes smooth. His grooves, though always funky, define smooth. His songs are intensely personal, alternating between the sensual style of Marvin Gaye to the pointed social commentary of Curtis Mayfield. Like yet another great soul man, Stevie Wonder, he is a pioneer in using synth instrumentation to create funky and soulful grooves.
McNeir has been heard alongside Teena Marie on the classic 80s soul ballad, “We’ve Got To Stop Meeting Like This” from Marie’s “Starchild” album. In the spring of 2011, you will be able to hear McNeir teaming up again with Teena Marie on a CD of the late singer’s unreleased songs. He has also worked with Smokey Robinson and lent backing vocals to Smokey’s “Love Breeze” LP. Currently, he sings tenor with the Four Tops, a position he has held for the past 10 years, hand-selected by best friend, songwriting partner and original Four Top, Obie Benson.
In 2007, McNeir returned to the scene as a solo artist with his tenth album, Ronnie Mac & Company. With 17 smooth soul tracks, the album is a must-have for those who crave a contemporary spin on classic grown folks’ music.
Oct. 2011 Ronnie will release “Living My Life.” Advance buzz from the industry and fans, is signaling another hit!
As a talented performer, musician and songwriter/composer, many of soul music’s most talented artists know who Ronnie McNeir is. So should you.
01 – Ronnie McNeir – Daddy’s Coming Home (Ronnie McNeir, 1972)
02 – The Rance Allen Group – I Feel Like Going On (I Feel Like Going On, 1980)
03 – Ronnie McNeir – Come Be With Me (The Ronnie McNeir Experience, 1984)
04 – Ronnie McNeir – Pontiac (Living My Life, 2011)
Background music during the interview:
Ronnie McNeir – Down In The Neighborhood, Ronnie McNeir – Extra Extra, Little Milton – We’re Gonna Make It, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Your Precious Love, Kim Weston – Eleanor Rigby, Ronnie McNeir – For Your Love, Ronnie McNeir – The Tears IN My Heart, Ronnie McNeir – My Love Is Coming Down, David Ruffin & Eddie Kendrick – I Couldn’t Believe It, Carrie Lucas – Hello Stranger, Four Tops – Keeper Of The Castle, Four Tops – Are You Man Enough, Ronnie McNeir – Tell Me You’re Not Fooling Me, Ronnie McNeir – Be With Me, Ronnie McNeir – Don’t U Stop, Ronnie McNeir – Sweet Grandmother Of MineFollow @Soulinterviews