Aaron Neville Trades Cutoff T-Shirts For Suits With New Album
Aaron Neville is a bit of a genre chameleon, recording albums in styles ranging from funk and R&B to country and gospel. For his latest, My True Story, he re-envisions doo-wop, but the album isn’t just a stylistic change musically. Instead of showing off his sizable biceps with his signature sleeveless t-shirts, Neville went all-in for the classic doo-wop vibe with suits, at least while promoting the new album.
“Before, I’d probably be in here with an Affliction t-shirt on,” he told Radio.com.
As someone who has always resisted wearing a tie, he looked to dapper comedian Steve Harvey for fashion inspiration.
“When I used to wear ties as a kid, my mom used to tie [them],” Neville said. “You’ve got to change your appearance for these things. So I went for some different type clothes. I dig Steve Harvey, he’s the suit man, I be checking him out. And I guess you’ll see me in a few more suits than t-shirts now.”
On a more serious note, Neville says that his wife Sarah has been a big help in his fashion choices – and in moving on after the tragic passing of his wife of nearly 50 years, Joel, in 2007.
“She’s helped me change my look a little bit,” he said. “She changed my heart. I went through a lot of stuff with Joel passing and all, she lifted my heart, and gave me a reason to be here. I didn’t think I’d be happy anymore, but I’m happy. It took a while – they say you go through stages, I don’t know if I went through all the stages or not. I think about Joel all the time, but not feeling sorry or sad or anything anymore. She’s in a better place and hanging with her mom and my mom and god and I’m sure she’s smiling down at me.”
My True Story was produced by Don Was and Rolling Stone Keith Richards. Was – who has produced the Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks and Stone Temple Pilots, among others – recently told Radio.com that looks can be deceiving when it comes to Neville.
“He’s like Johnny Cash, [he's] one of the most intimidating looking guys,” Was said. “With the prison tattoos and the whole thing. And he’s just all goodness inside. He’s just a lovely human being. And you can hear that in his singing, I think that’s part of his appeal. There’s a goodness to him that’s infectious.”
My True Story, which features classic doo-wop numbers including “This Magic Moment,” “Ruby Baby” and “Under The Boardwalk,” is out now. Neville will touring through June.