Before his entrance, (even) before the first note is struck, an excitement spreads through the crowd; Appreciators of genres across the spectrum anticipate a rousing performance filled with bold expressions of inventive originality. And once they hear his “Hello”, by way of a stroke of the ivories, they are not disappointed. His playfulness and presentation draws everyone within earshot/who’s listening into the myriad of tempos & tunes they are experiencing.
O’Neal’s influences are subtly detected – Herbie Hancock’s keystrokes, Stevie Wonder’s innovations, Pat Metheny’s adventurous explorations; all brought to important impact on O’Neal’s 4th project: “Dreams in Color” … An impressive exploration of his composing and producing abilities which further confirms his innovative artistry and eye for new talent.
Having appeared on stage with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and, most recently, John Legend, O’Neal has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and impressed at venues such as Detroit’s Fox Theatre, Madison Square Garden and The Staples Center in L.A. With experience, dedication and drive, O’Neal has taken his pioneering “Dreams in Color” project from imagination to certain reality.
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You, too, will not be disappointed.