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Ronald Isley calls Santana collaborative album a blessing


PRNewsfoto/Legacy RecordingsLater this month, The Isley Brothers and rock legend Carlos Santana are releasing a new collaborative album called Power of Peace, and Ronald Isley calls the project “a blessing.”

“We sort of feel people are going through something right now, and the music will be sort of a blessing for them,” says the 76-year old singer in a promo video for the album. The two acts recorded 16 songs in only four days, and Ronald says the creative process was magical.

“In the studio, sometimes a feeling would come over me,” says the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer. “Out of all the years that I’ve been doing records, it was unexplainable.”

Ronald’s brother and band mate Ernie Isley adds that the project is one of the highlights of both groups’ historic careers.

“It’s gonna be one of the touchstones, certainly, of the Santana career,” Ernie says. “And the Isley career.”

The album features several cover tunes, including “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder, “Mercy, Mercy Me — The Ecology” by Marvin Gaye, and Billie Holiday‘s “God Bless the Child.”

It was a family affair for The Isleys, since Ronald’s wife, Kandy Johnson Isley, and Ernie’s wife, Tracy Isley, both sang background on the album.

Power of Peace will be released July 28 on CD, vinyl and digital formats, and is now available for pre-order on the Legacy Recordings website.

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