Ronald Isley and The Isley Brothers have recruited Beyoncé to reimagine their 1975 classic “Make Me Say It Again Girl.”
The refreshed version premiered on iHeartRadio this week and is now available for streaming worldwide. Speaking of radio, “Make Me Say It Again Girl” is set to impact R&B radio on Aug. 16.
His wife Kandy, who is also his road manager, shared how Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, played a key role in bringing the collaboration to life.
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“Tina Knowles-Lawson [Beyoncé’s mother] was very influential in getting this record started and getting it to the point where we are now,” Kandy told Billboard. “She has a love for the Isley Brothers and her daughter grew up listening to this type of music. All we can say is that God’s hands was on this whole project. And the fact that they are giving us permission to put it out at this time is just overly special.”
“Make Me Say It Again Girl” is the follow-up to The Isley Brothers’ 2021 single “Friends and Family” featuring Snoop Dogg. They released the feel-good song after their Verzuz celebration with Earth, Wind & Fire. It was accompanied by a video directed by Erik White, and featured cameos from Alex Isley (Ernie’s daughter), Syleena Johnson, Vivica A. Fox and more.
Both songs will appear on The Isley Brothers’ new album, Make Me Say It Again Girl, scheduled to release in September. According to Variety, Make Me also includes feaures from Alicia Keys, Drake, Trey Songz and Rick Ross. The album will follow their joint project with Carlos Santana, Power of Peace, released in 2017.
Listen to The Isley Brothers and Beyoncé’s new version of “Make Me Say It Again Girl” below.