Brown's partner to release tribute album to late singer


IRVINE, Calif. -- James Brown's partner and the mother of his young son has signed with a record label to make a tribute album featuring several duets she recorded with the late singer.

Tomi Rae Hynie's tribute album, tentatively called "Mrs. Brown: This Is For You," will be released by The Groove Records.

She also plans to produce television, literary and online projects with The Machines Productions, an entertainment company in Irvine that runs the record label.

Hynie, who was a backup singer for Brown, had recorded at least four songs they wrote together, Michael Nason, president of The Machines Productions, said Wednesday. They began recording about a year before Brown's death on Dec. 25, he said.

"Some were duets, some others you hear James play the organ and piano. It's fabulous stuff," he said.

"All of his and Tomi Rae's materials have been laid down to track, so all we have to do is bring in a producer and tie in the material into a finished CD," he added.

A release date has not been set.

Hynie has been in a dispute over rights to Brown's estate since the soul singer died. Hynie, who has a 5-year-old son with Brown, has said she is Brown's fourth wife, but the singer's lawyers said their marriage was annulled because Hynie was married to another man when she exchanged vows with Brown.