Monday, June 26, 2006

Barbara Mason Ready To Make R&B Hall Of Fame

PITTSBURGH (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Although 41 years is a long time to wait to be recognized, Barbara Mason is ready to acknowledged as an R&B pioneer.

Mason – whose biggest hit was the 1965 soul ballad, “Yes, I’m Ready” – will be honored on Thursday (June 29) as an R&B pioneer by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, along with Chubby Checker, The Delfonics and Otis Redding.

Although Mason is “overwhelmed” by the honor, she feels that, at long last, “all of my efforts are being paid back.”

Mason’s chart numbers don’t fully reflect her influence, but she was one of the first women to sing honestly about love and sex and, as such, pioneered the way for modern divas like Missy Elliot and Li’l Kim.

She hopes that the younger generation pays back the favor by recording some of her songs in their own style.

Meanwhile, Mason continues to record in her own style.

She just finished contributing to a compilation called A Vocal Tale Of Two Cities, which features Motown artists covering Philadelphia faves; and she’s shopping around two new albums – one of jazz songs and the other her own country originals.

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