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Legendary R&B veteran Ronald Isley, of the Isley Brothers, is a free man — this after serving a three year sentence on tax evasion charges.

Speaking up via radio earlier this month, Isley confirmed that he is going straight to the studio and recording a new Isley Brothers album !

According to Isley, the album will be an “all star” effort, featuring some of today and yesteryear’s top acts.

While news of Isley’s return is great for R&B, the legendary performer says time behind bars was challenging.

“(I was) talking to young people and crying with them and people that were gonna be in there some years and that part really hurts,” says Isley. “They (inmates) looked up to me.”

While serving time Isley kept busy doing what he does best — performing.

“I was working at the chapel and I did gospel shows every week,” he says. “that kept me up.”

It is unclear when Isley will release his next project. His last album, “Baby Makin’ Music,’ was released in 2006.