Mason whose biggest hit was the 1965 soul ballad, Yes, Im 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.
Masons chart numbers dont 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 Lil 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 shes shopping around two new albums one of jazz songs and the other her own country originals.
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