Aaron Neville

Aaron Joseph Neville and his siblings were of mixed heritage that reflected the Crescent City's culture, dominated by African-American, Native American, and Caucasian ancestry. Aaron and his brothers grew up with a love of music; their mother  encouraged her children to take up instruments. Blessed with a voice that's smooth as silk, and strong despite his emphasis on his higher register, Aaron Neville was one of the most distinctive R&B artists of his generation.  In 1966 he recorded a song for the tiny Parlo label, "Tell It Like It Is," which became a smash hit, hitting number one on the R&B charts and number two on the Hot 100.

 

In 1975, after the death of his mother, Aaron was reunited with brothers; Art, Charles, and Cyril for the first time in years, and they began working together again.  Their First ever album  earned a cult following, and the Neville Brothers began performing regularly in New Orleans, where their mix of musical flavors -- rock, soul, reggae, jazz. As the Nevilles' audience grew, they landed another major-label deal with EMI and 1987's. They had better-known fans including Carlos Santana, Keith Richards, Jerry Garcia, and Branford Marsalis. 1989's Yellow Moon, produced by Daniel Lanois, was a chart success and became the group's biggest-selling album, while the song "Healing Chant" won a Grammy award as best pop instrumental performance.  Ronstadt signed on to produce Aaron's 1991 solo album Warm Your Heart, which was his first full-length solo effort since 1967. In 1989, Neville teamed up with Linda Ronstadt on the album Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind which included four duets by the pair. Amongst them were the #1 Grammy-winning hits "Don't Know Much" and "All My Life". "Don't Know Much" reached #2 on the Hot 100, and was certified Gold for selling a million copies,

From the early '90s onward, Aaron Neville divided his time between solo work and the Neville Brothers. Neville shared the microphone with Trisha Yearwood for an interpretation of the Patsy Cline hit "I Fall to Pieces.” They end up winning the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.  Neville became one of the only African American recording artists to win a Grammy within the Country genre.Neville also cut the song "Even If My Heart Would Break" for the soundtrack to the box office smash The Bodyguard.  He released The Tattooed Heart in 1995 and ...To Make Me Who I Am in 1997. The latter was Neville's last solo album for A&M, and his next two LPs were collections of spiritually oriented material cut for his own Tell It label, 2000's Devotion and 2003's Believe. 2003 also saw Neville record a collection of pop and jazz standards for the Verve imprint, Nature Boy: The Standards Album.

As the Neville Brothers' career was winding down, Aaron devoted himself to live work and occasional recording, issuing Bring It on Home… Neville gave his songwriting skills a showcase on 2016's Apache, for which he wrote ten of the eleven tracks. Neville was 75 years old when the album was released, but he helped support Apache with a special concert at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York City.

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