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Michael O'Neill: News

Michael O'Neill wins Best Music Score Award with score on "The Betwixt Killer" - June 7, 2017

Michael returns from Barbra Streisand Tour - December 17, 2016

I returned home on Dec 6th from the extension of the Barbra Streisand Music,Memories,Magic Tour.The tour was comprised of shows in Houston,Tampa,Fort Lauderdale and Miami capped off with a special filming of the final show in Miami for a Netflix special due out sometime in 2017.The experience of working with Barbra for this filming was so amazing as she wore all of her hats of talent.Her singing alone is of the highest order but when I witnessed her Directing the entire film crew it was astonishing and made it quite clear why she is an Academy Award winning Director ( The Prince of Tides ) .This has been nothing short of amazing and inspiring to me particularly because I've ventured into the field of Film Scoring.

Michael O'Neill just back from Barbra Streisand The Music,The Memories,The Magic Tour - August 26, 2016

Michael O'Neill just returned home from playing guitar with iconic vocalist Barbra Streisand on her The Music,The Memories,The Magic Tour.The tour ran from August 2nd - August 23rd throughout 9 major cities across America.In Michael's own words "When working with Barbra Streisand you are not only working with one of the greatest voices of all time but also with an accomplished film director/producer,actress,author,and powerful fundraiser for causes close to her heart.Everyday was a new learning experience touring the USA with Barbra who I found to be a delightful person and the highest level professional who settles for nothing but the best from herself and so she pulls all those with her up the ladder."

Michael O'Neill wins Best Music Score Award - April 4, 2016

Michael O'Neill was chosen as winner of the Best Music Score Award for his score on the film "No More Chances" by writer,director Pablo Moline in the Hollywood International Moving Picture Film Festival 2016

Michael O'Neill nominated for Best Music Score - March 26, 2016

I'm pleased to announce that I've been nominated for Best Music Score for the short film "No More Chances" written and directed by Pablo Moline in the Hollywood International Motion Picture Festival 2016.

New Album Release - December 10, 2015

I'm proud to announce the release of a brand new project that I've been working on for the past year.Amin El & Michael O'Neill "Let it All Go".My musical partner Amin El possesses one of those rare voices that grip you right away and he and I have forged a songwriting partnership that I believe to be quite powerful.In the album "Let it All Go" we tackle a fair amount of the important issues in the world today and manage to create an enjoyable soundscape in the process.Hope you all check this one out.I know you'll fall in love with it.It's available on ITunes ,CD Baby and other digital music sights.

Michael O'Neill Scores "Gone Fishing" - August 30, 2015

Michael O'Neill has completed the music score for the short film "Gone Fishing" directed by Amanda Murray of Retro Murray Films.Gone Fishing is the 3rd film directed by the young and promising director.The film is headed to the film festival circuit.

"Survivor" Makes In Roads - August 30, 2015

Hola America Official Selection to L.A. Cine Fest - June 3, 2015

Hola America,a film I did a lot of the composing for has been selected as an official nomination in the L.A. Cine Fest film festival.Here is the link to check it out.

Michael O'Neill scores interactive film. - April 27, 2015

I'm proud to announce that I'm one of 3 composers to score an upcoming interactive film by young and upcoming writer,director Dan Tonkin.It's entitled " Survivor" a story about the first ever female Navy Seal in training.Viewers get to choose the path they want the film to proceed in.Bright new concept from a bright young director.Go to my Links page to view the trailer,teaser,and full movie.

Michael O'Neill scores film short "No More Chances " - April 21, 2015

I'm proud to announce that I've scored an upcoming film short entitled "No More Chances ". It's a compelling and important story directed by Pablo Moline.Go to my Links page to view the trailer

Light Girls - January 15, 2015

Some of my music has made into this new documentary movie entitled " Light Girls" directed by the very talented Bill Duke.It deals with the dynamics of African American women with light skin and how they are perceived.It airs monday Jan.19th on OWN Network at 9pm.

Chicago 36 Now - September 23, 2014

I'm proud to announce the fact that I'm on the band Chicago's newest release,the single "Now" written by and featuring Jason Scheff.I originally played on this track around 2 years ago as Jason was actually putting together a solo album but it made it's way to Chicago 36.Being a fan of Chicago from their very start I'm particularly proud and excited about it.

Michael O'Neill Scores Staged Screenplay - February 20, 2014

I'm pleased to announce that I've just scored a screenplay that will have a staged reading at The Grove Theatre in Upland,Ca on Feb 23rd,2014.It's called "Tom Montgomery" and it deals with Interacial Marriage in the state of Virginia in 1955.I met the writer about 3 years ago while he was writing the script and I found his ideas quite compelling so I agreed to co-write a theme song for the project.I produced and recorded the song "Learn.Love,Don't Hate" which features the writer himself Pete Cole on vocals.Fast forward 2 1/2 years and Pete calls me to tell me that the Screenplay is completed and if I'd like to compose an entire score for the scheduled staged reading.Away I went !

New Release - February 13, 2014

I'm pleased to announce that on Feb.10th a brand new project I produced has been released.It's Victor G. & Los Gatos.It features music by Bass player Victor Gonzalez and myself.We are joined by an incredible lineup of musicians including Alphonso Johnson,Walfredo Reyes,Steve Madaio,Tom Saviano,Tom Keenlyside,Freddie Ravel and Rique Pantoja.It's a collection of Contemporary Latin in different forms along with a bit of R & B and some Orchestral.It's available now at I Tunes,CD Baby,Amazon and other sights.

Full Plate - June 19, 2013

As I've continued my quest deeper into the realm of TV composition my music is finding it's way to more and more shows.At the same time I just finished mastering a 6 song EP on a bass player,Victor Gonzalez.The title of the CD will be Victor G. y Los Gatos due for release in 2014.I have some mp3's up on my music page.I've also completed 2 new songs producing my charming daughter,Sadie Rose coming on the heels of her 2012 debut CD "Child Be Brave".These 2 songs are also included on the music page.I'm also appearing on the Best Buy Exclusive release of George Benson's new CD,Inspiration-A Tribute to Nat King Cole.I played of all things,Banjo and Baritone guitar on Ramblin Rose.I'm now preparing for a very busy summer into fall touring schedule with George.We're headed all through Europe,Australia,Tazmania,Asia,and some U.S. dates as well.

Michael O'Neill TV Compositions - November 12, 2012

Michael O'Neill has enetered the field of television composers.With his music being used on Bravo,TLC,and NatGeo channels so far.He has provided cues for The Real Housewives of Miami,Pregnant in Heels,Miss Advised,Brooklyn Big Style,and Wicked Tuna.He's currently composing for some other shows.

Michael O'Neill releases new CD - November 11, 2012

Michael O'Neill has released his latest cd "The String and I".A collection of 11 original songs reflecting his unique style and experience is augmented by some of the industries finest musicians.Alphonso Johnson,Freddie Ravel,Rique Pantoja,Walfredo Reyes Jr.,Lynn Fiddmont,Melvin Lee Davis and many others joined Michael in the making of this project.He again hits upon his Latin roots,R & B,Jazz,and Pop experience to form his personal blend.He's also added 3 original vocal tracks this time out.

Debut CD for Sadie Rose - June 14, 2012

I'm proud to announce the official release 6/15/2012 of a fresh new CD I produced by a new 21 yr.old artist,Sadie Rose "Child Be Brave".It's in an eclectic,indie folk style.I Tunes,Amazon,CD Baby and the like will all carry it.Oh and by the way Sadie Rose happens to be my daughter !

Michael O'Neill receives 2010 Grammy Nominee Participation Award - April 16, 2011

I'm proud to announce I have received a 2010 Grammy Nominee Participation Award for my work as Associate Producer on George Benson's "Songs and Stories" album.The album was nominated in the Best Surround Album category.This came out of sessions I produced with George in Sao Paolo,Brazil with some of the finest Brazilian musicians.The executive producer John Burk and main producer Marcus Miller selected 2 songs from the Brazilian recordings,the James Taylor classic "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" and the Christopher Cross hit "Sailin".If you haven't heard this recording I highly recommend it.

Curacao North Sea Jazz Fest - September 12, 2010

I returned from Curacao Sept.4th after doing a show there with George Benson.The North Sea Jazz model continues it's expansion around the globe with the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival,a 2 day event held at the World Trade Center in Willemstadt,Curacao.It was a fabulous collection of artists featuring a distinct Latin flavor because Curacao is a Latin based country settled by the Dutch.American artists George Benson,Natalie Cole,Lionel Richie,John Legend,and Raul Midon joined a roster of Latin based groups such as Luis Enrique,Sierra Maestra,Michel Camillo,Sergio Mendes,Giovanca,India,African bassist,Richard Bona and European group Simply Red.Add to that some home grown Curacaon bands and you had an incredible spicy soup of tasty tones.I particularly enjoy interfacing with all the World musicians I can as it gives me an expanded and unique view of the world today.To sum it up "We are much more the same than different,only you might not know that from the various sounds that we create".

Back from George Benson Tour - August 3, 2010

Just got back from a tour with George Benson that took us through Europe and ended in Angola.The beginning and ending of this tour could not have been more contrasting.We started in St.Tropez in the French Riviera,worked our way through incredible places in France,Italy,Spain,Sardignia,Corsica before hitting Angola,a country that only 8 years ago saw an end to it's 40 years of civil war.Angola is a Portuguese colony,so Portuguese is spoken there.Going way back native Angolans were taken to Brazil as slaves and brought with them their native music "Semba" the predeccesor to "Samba".Amazing what knowing a little bit of history can do for your outlook on the world.For 3 days at the Angola Jazz Festival I got to hang out with the likes of Joe Sample,Randy Crawford,Ronny Jordan,and the incredible Chucho Valdez and his band.I still feel like I'm going to school and being enriched with new knowledge all the time.

Brand new Single - August 1, 2010

Michael O'Neill has just released a brand new single featuring his jazz guitar talent with a guest appearance by longtime musical cohort,pianist Freddie Ravel.The song is entitled" Beans n Grease",a mid tempo bluesy jazz piece with a hint of Latin underneath.It's available for download only at CD or I Tunes.

New Single for Download - June 8, 2010

Michael O'Neill & Stephen Bray ( Madonna,The Color Purple ) have formed a songwriting/production alliance called "The Progressives".The alliance is focused on topical writing for this era.The first single out of the box is "Bankster Billionaire",a song about the extreme individuals in the banking industry who will stop at nothing to get more and more,and more is never enough ! Available for download only at CD and I Tunes.

Capetown Jazz Festival - April 3, 2010

Michael O'Neill just performed at the Capetown Jazz Festival in South Africa with George Benson April 3rd & 4th.While the trip took more than 30 hours to get there the payoff was well worth it.Michael says " the atmosphere was incredible getting to interface with musicians from all over the globe.The bands from the African continent were especially exciting to listen to and talk with,finding many common things with my African counterparts.A trip to the waterfront at the Cape was just gorgeous and the views of Table Mountain from the hotel were breathtaking".

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