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Living My Life

by Ronnie McNeir

"Diamond in the back, sunroof top, diggin' the scene with a gangsta lean"
Genre: Urban/R&B: Smooth Soul
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1. Don't U Stop
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2. Tell Me You're Not Fooling Me
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3. I Want You
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4. Pontiac
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5. I Just Wanna Be
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6. Forever My Love
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7. I Just Want to Dance With You
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8. Be With Me
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9. Letter From a Fool
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10. Said I Do
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11. Gypsy Woman
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12. Keep Loving Me
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13. Sweet Grandmother of Mine
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Album Notes
This Long awaited and carefully produced CD is Dynamic. It is full of sweet melodies and tender rhapsodies that are designed to make you snap your fingers, tap your toes and sing along. We can all relate to them in some way. Songs like, “Pontiac” and “Sweet Grandmother of Mine” were written and produced from the heart and will tug at the heartstrings of many of us for years to come. When you listen to “Tell Me You're Not Fooling Me” and “Letter From A Fool,” I'm sure you will agree with me when I say, the only way to describe them is....HIT BOUND!

Ronnie's Journey to success began when his parents purchased a piano and encouraged him to take lessons. Although he says he's had other jobs, I honestly cannot remember Ronnie doing anything but singing and playing the piano and I've known him since Middle School. Currently a member of the “Four Tops,” Ronnie's professional career was launched when he joined the California based RCA Records. There, he wrote and produced his first LP and enjoyed the fruits of his success with the hit single, “In Summertime.” He later joined Motown Records and released one LP. After leaving Motown Ronnie started his own label, Setting Sun Records and released, “Wendy Is Gone.” The single was picked up by the Prodigal Label and enjoyed national distribution and hit status.

Reminiscing of yesteryear is always nice but times have changed and we've gone from LP to CD's, So...Now...let's sit back, kick up our feet, grab our favorite beverage, adjust the volume to our liking and enjoy the latest and greatest creation of Ronnie McNeir.

Jerry Stephens,
A Lifetime Friend


Lewis Ronald McNeir was raised in Pontiac, Michigan, at a time when Motown and Golden World Records dominated the Detroit area soul scene. A gifted pianist with a smooth and versatile tenor, McNeir jumped onto the scene when he signed with De-to Records and recorded “Sitting in My Classroom,” which has since gained cult status with true soul connoisseurs, commanding hundreds of dollars even today. After a few more years on the vibrant Detroit soul scene, McNeir set his sights on Los Angeles. His reputation as a multitalented musician preceded him, landing him a gig as Motown legend Kim Weston's musical director. He earned the respect of many Motown alumni, including Stevie Wonder's mentor and songwriter, Clarence Paul, and original Four Top Renaldo “Obie” Benson. Through his position, McNeir became known around town as an emerging young talent. RCA Records took notice and signed the young musician, where he began forging his own signature sound. McNeir's sound involved blending romantic tales of love and loss with lush synth instrumentation and subtle funky grooves. He released three albums, including the underrated Motown classic “Love Comin' Down,” in the 1970s, all of which are held in high regard by soul connoisseurs. He also took the time to collaborate with his contemporaries, including Smokey Robinson. The two singer-songwriters wrote together on the “Big Time” movie soundtrack with McNeir also playing keyboards and providing background vocals for Robinson.

Professional recognition came in 1981 when he was nominated for a Grammy in the Gospel Music category with Memphis gospel producer, Rance Allen. While McNeir didn’t take home the hardware, his reputation as a brilliant producer grew. In 1984, “The Ronnie McNeir Experience” album entered the Billboard charts and featured the hit single “Come Be With Me.” It was around this time Ronnie also produced one of the greatest steppers' grooves ever, Carrie Lucas' 1985 hit remake of “Hello Stranger.” The recording is one of the most brilliant examples of McNeir’s production skills as a producer. Lucas' easy and soothing vocals are perfectly buoyed by a smooth synth track. The brilliantly produced track features the Whispers and a distinctive groove.

Ronnie later joined Motown Records and released one LP, “Sagittarian Affair.” After leaving Motown Ronnie started his own label, Setting Sun Records and released, “Wendy Is Gone.” The single was picked up by the Prodigal Label and enjoyed national distribution and hit status.

In 1985 Ronnie performed with the late Teena Marie on the nationally syndicated TV show Soul Train. Their duet, “We’ve Got to Stop Meeting like This,” was featured on Marie’s “Star Child” LP. Several unreleased recordings, previously stored in the vault and written and produced by Ronnie, have recently been released on the Teena Marie, "Rare Tee, CD. Ronnie’s performance on Soul Train with the legendary songbird was not his first. In his debut appearance on Soul Train Ronnie sang the hit single, “I’m Your Lover.” The single continues to be a favorite and classic among Ronnie McNeir Northern Soul fans, around the world.

In 1997, Ronnie released “Down In the Neighborhood.” “Neighborhood” is a slick concept album with a jazz funk and R&B groove which explores gritty tales of life in the heart of urban America. The album tastefully blends the best elements of classic soul, smooth R&B and contemporary hip-hop sounds.

In 1999 Ronnie received the great honor of being called upon to leave his role as substitute keyboardist for the Motown legendary Four Tops, to become a singer with the famous group. Stepping in for the late great, Levi Stubbs, who was suffering from a health crisis at the time, Ronnie McNeir became a permanent member of the group after Stubbs retired the following year. A very poignant moment in the Tops’ show finds Ronnie singing lead on, “Just Ask The Lonely. He dedicates “Lonely” to the original Four Top members, Levi Stubbs, Lawrence Payton and his big brother Renaldo “Obie” Benson. Ronnie has also penned several songs for the Four Tops including two tracks co-written with Renaldo “Obie” Benson for the groups, “Christmas Here with You” album. The current Tops lineup also includes original legendary Four Top, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Roquel Payton (son of original member Lawrence Payton) and newest member, Harold “Spike” Barnhart. Ronnie and his fellow band mates perform to loyal audiences throughout the U.S, Europe, Australia and Asia.

In spite of his hectic touring schedule with the Tops, Ronnie continues to collaborate with other great talents and up and coming artists. In 2007 he released “Ronnie Mac & Company,” which features collaborations with Kirk Whalum, Kathy Lamar and former Four Top and Temptations lead singer, Theo Peoples. Currently, McNeir is developing artists for his Sunset Island label while balancing his career with the Four Tops. His newest solo CD release, “Living My Life” ©2011, is generating positive buzz and destined
to be, “Hit Bound!”

Ronnie's longevity on the music scene and his impressive credentials have earned him great respect among his peers. He is cited as one of the underrated pioneers in synth instrumentation and one of the most versatile musicians in R&B. Over the course of Ronnie’s 30-year career in music, he has amassed a musical resume that reads like a who's who of soul music. Throughout his career, Ronnie has worked with numerous musical legends, including Bobby Womack, Johnny Taylor, Little Milton, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Angela Winbush, the Whispers, the Dramatics, Billy Griffith and many more.

Ronnie McNeir's stellar credentials have not made him a super star but when asked about his lack of super star status, Ronnie laughs. “I have no regrets", he say's, “I have been very blessed making a living at doing what I love for many years. I'm a member of one of the most legendary musical groups in history and I'm having the best time of my life. I may not be a superstar, and that's okay... but, I'm a very happy man.”


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Karl "KW" Williams

Living My Life
I would have to agree with my fellow authors, Elberta, Sherry, Alfreida, and Cheryl. This new album "Living My Life" is a must have for the Ladies, but hold On Gentlemen, this record has something for you too ! Mr. McNeir has simply outdone himself with this lively set of Old School harmonics and lush orchestrations. He starts off hot with a swinging Don't You Stop that has such an infectious groove you'll want to head straight for the Islands even if its only as far as your bedroom, a lyrical whimsical fantasy indeed. He follows that jam with his new single "Tell Me Your Not Fooling Me" which in and of itself is worth the price of the CD. True soul music lovers will appreciate the way Ronnie taps into that Marvin Gaye swag on "I Want You" and "I Just Want to Dance With You". Forever My Love, Pontiac and one of my personal favorites "Letter From A Fool" all will take you back to a time when singers sang and musicians played. Ronnie McNeir has a distinct vocal style and delivery that immediately brings the phrase "Steppers Delight" to mind, but upon reflection maybe we should refer to him as The New Soul Love Man. His lyrics are right, his band is tight and I promise that after listening to this CD, you'll sleep better tonight. Its that good ! Thanks Ronnie we've been waiting a long time for this one. One last note I've been a fan since Sagittarian Affair and I know that David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks are smiling down on you man..........bravo!!!!

Richard Felstead (Solar Radio)

Living My Life
This is a quality cd. Ronnie's voice is in great form and the songs contain strong lyrics. "Tell Me You're Not Fooling Me" is an instant standout and an essential listen. "Said I Do" & "I Just Wanna Dance With You" are also up there. Overall, it's a great mix of soulful dance grooves and slow jams that will appeal to most people's tastes. Ronnie continues to fly the flag for quality independent soul.


Right On Ronnie
Ronnie, this is GREAT! I love Tell Me You're Not Fooling Me! My sister loves Forever My Love! GREAT STUFF!

Dr. Princess-Odilia

"Living my Life" is an AMAZING CD!!!
Ronnie McNeir has got to be the best! I played his CD once and I can't stop playing it OVER AND OVER!! This is what should be playing all over mainstream radio! Did an Interview with Ronnie and the lines were lit the entire show! His music is GENIUS to say the least! I must have at least 9 favorites on this CD... 1) Pontiac 2) Sweet Grandmother of Mine. 3) Tell Me You're Not Fooling Me 4) Forever My Love 5) Letter from a Fool 6) Forever My Love 7) Keep Loving Me 8) I Want You 9) I Just Want to Dance With You... Oh... and did I say Pontiac? (lol) Ok.... This CD is a Classic... it's New .... and it's a Keeper. Ck out this interview while you're at it:

Tim S.

Soul music at its best!
It takes a real professional to make great music these days. It takes a guy like Ronnie McNeir. The underrated singer/songwriter/producer/Four Tops member is the definition of the true professional. The guy knows how to write catchy tunes, produce it with great instrumentation and it comes out beautifully. "Living My Life" is my favorite album of the year, and I buy my share of CDs. I also consider myself somewhat of a soul music snob. I don't go around throwing 5 stars at albums like they're candy. This is worthy of that rating.

The breakout (should be) hit is "Tell Me You're Not Fooling Me," very catchy, which is simply fabulous and highlight of the album. "Pontiac" is a great look back at Ronnie's hometown, with call outs to his old friends. "Letter from a Fool" is an excellent ballad, and the two covers, "I Want You" (Marvin Gaye standard) and "Gypsy Woman" (Impressions) are excellent, the latter tune a really excellent change-up from the original rendition.

A can't-miss soul album, mixing the feelings of yesterday with some of the beats of today, not many can pull that off. But the talented Mr. McNeir can do just that.

A fantastic album.


Living My Life
Living My Life, has a soulful groove that you can listen to over & over again! Love it!!!!!


Living My Life
It is real music when you can pop a cd in and enjoy listening from the first song all the way to the last, without skipping around the cd.....Fantastic Old School Tracks....

Alfreida Collins

Living My Life !
Ronnie ,I love all of your music..I have to say you out did yourself with this one..Keep the music coming ! " Don't U Stop "

Freida ..