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Hear new music from Blue Rivers records artists Ronnie McNeir and Karl Reed!

Ronnie McNeir – Understanding | Listen Now
Karl Reed – In the Moment | Listen Now


Ronnie McNeir – Understanding


Ronnie McNeir. 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. RCA Records took notice and signed the young musician. Ronnie later joined Motown Records and released a LP Loves Coming Down, Ronnie McNeir. After leaving Motown Ronnie started his label, Setting Sun Record and released, “Wendy Is Gone.”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 Teena Marie’s “Star Child” LP. Several unreleased records, previously stored in the vault and written and produced by Ronnie, have been release on the Teena Marie, “Rare Tee”, CD. In 2001 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. Ronnie became a permanent member of the group after Stubbs retired the following year. 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. “Xmas Delight “Merry Xmas to You” Ronnie continues to collaborate with other great talents and up and coming artist. Throughout his career Ronnie has worked with numerous musical legends, including Bobby Womack, Johnny Taylor, Little Milton, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Smokey Robinson, Renee & Angela Winbush, Teena Marie, Dramatics, Ike & Tina Turner and Kirk Whalum. Ronnie is presently in a co-production deal with Salathial/Blue River Record Co. out of Detroit, Michigan and as McNeir says, “Plenty of Hits are on the way.”

Hear Ronnie with Angie Starr on the After the Show Podcast:

Karl Reed – In the Moment


Karl Reed is an American R&B and Soul singer, songwriter and producer from Detroit, Michigan. Also a renowned Hair Designer. Introduced to the music business by R&B singer Cherrelle, Reed traveled with her as her personal Hair Designer and was introduced to Alexander O’Neal who hired him as his background vocalist. Traveling and performing throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Japan, Reed crafted his stagemanship and showmanship through O’Neal. Influenced by Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye who were friends of Karl’s parents, Karl took vocal lessons from The Clark Sisters(Dorinda, Twinkie and Karen to perfect his sound(smooth tenor and soft soft silky falsetto). Reed honed his songwriting skills from the late Obie Benson of The Four Tops and perfected his recording skills from Keith Washington and more showmanship techniques from the late Ollie Woodson of The Temptations. Charming perfected and polished-Karl Reed is ready to entertain you!! Karl is currently signed to Blue River Records.

Hear Karl with Angie Starr on the After the Show Podcast: