Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
Aaron Neville will be profiled on CBS News Sunday Morning this weekend, as he promotes his new doo-wop album and embarks on his career as a solo artist.
Correspondent Anthony Mason will profile Neville for Sunday’s program, which airs at 8 a.m. on WWL-TV Channel 4.
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In promotional materials for the interview, Neville describes his voice as a reflection of his life, "the good and the bad."
Neville tells Anthony Mason his voice is a “mixture of my innocence in the projects. My mom and dad. It’s all the good and the bad.” Neville adds his voice includes “all the laughs and frowns that I went through and seen other people go through.”
In January, Neville, 72, released “My True Story,” a CD of doo-wop standards including “Money Honey,” “Gypsy Woman” and “Under the Boardwalk.” The album was co-produced by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and music producer Don Was.
In the CBS interview, Was argues Neville is one of the greatest singers of all time.
“It’s just a really sweet voice, but it’s not just the sweetness is the thing,” says Was. “It’s like French cooking. You’ve got a few flavors going on at once. There’s definitely this sweet creamy overtone to the thing, but it’s deeply soulful.”
Neville, who announced earlier this year he was leaving the Neville Brothers to focus on his solo career, talks with Mason about his new CD, a collection of songs he grew up singing as a teenager in New Orleans.
The network says Neville also will discuss the death of his wife of 48 years, his new wife and the impact of movies on his development. He also recalls writing his first song while being locked up in the Orleans Parish Prison after being busted for joyriding and the first time he heard his song on the radio.
“It was like magic,” Neville says. “And then I would hear it every five minutes on the radio, ‘Here’s that lullaby by Aaron Neville again…Oh, I’d just swell up inside.”
Neville's new album is also the focus of a PBS special airing Saturday on WYES-TV, called “Aaron Neville: Doo Wop: My True Story.” Special guests include Paul Simon and Joan Osborne.