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"Todd in Country Weekly"

Todd O'Neill has been casted in the new Conway Twitty Musical, "It's Only Make Believe" as a featured vocalist. The cast is pictured in the September 22, 2008 issue of Country Weekly, page 7.
- Country Weekly

"New Single Release/Cast of Conway Twitty Musical"

September 22, 2008

CONTACT: Elaine Schock or Meredith Louie
Shock Ink (818) 385-1051

Country's Todd O'Neill Celebrates New Single and New Career Horizons
With New Single and New Theatrical Career, Rising Singer Helps Hurricane Victims and Celebrates a Country Legend

Nashville – The fast-moving career of country newcomer Todd O'Neill is exploding in several directions at once these days as the singer/songwriter releases "Cajun Queen," a single that celebrates the soulful grit and gris-gris of his native Louisiana as it benefits victims of the disastrous hurricanes that have plagued the region. At the same time, O'Neill is getting ready to hit the road as a featured vocalist and cast member of "It's Only Make Believe," the acclaimed musical tribute to country legend Conway Twitty.

Written by O'Neill with Scott Innes, afternoon DJ on WYNK in Baton Rouge (the man who also provides the cartoon voices of Scooby Doo and Shaggy!) along with Louisiana producer/Grammy nominee Nelson Blanchard, "Cajun Queen" rocks hard and pulls out all the deep-southern stops, rhyming "beans and rice" with "Cajun spice" and "boudin" with "LSU fan." The single is being released exclusively via Play MPE and requesting airplay from stations beginning on September 22, with O'Neill donating 100% of his songwriting royalties to the area's needy hurricane victims.

"These have been some tough times in this region, and it's great to see everybody helping out in whatever way they can," O'Neill says. "I'm proud to be from Louisiana and I'm proud to play and sing country music, and nothing could make me happier than to contribute to the cause with my music."

Even as his country career continues to skyrocket, O'Neill is taking on other new challenges as a cast member of the new Conway Twitty musical, “It’s Only Make Believe”. The musical is set for a coast-to-coast run after its Nashville premiere on October 12.

"It may be 'only make believe,' but this show feels very real to me," says O'Neill, who gets to display the full range of his talents in the hit production. "To have my theater debut revolve around a pure country legend like Conway Twitty, it just doesn't get any better than that."
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- Press Release

"Featured Artist in Country Weekly Jan. 2009"

Todd O'Neill will be the featured artist in the "WHO'S NEW" section of Country Weekly in January 2009. - Country Weekly

"Todd O'Neiil Rocks Seafood Festival for Charity"

Todd O'Neill Rocks Seafood Festival for Charity

(Nashville, TN.)- Todd O'Neill is scheduled to rock the stage at The Great Mandeville Seafood Fest that will be held at the Fountainbleu State Park July 4th through July 6th. The performance will be held on the banks of Lake Pontchartrain, just outside of Mandeville, Louisiana. All profits from the festival will be distributed to various charitable organizations and civic programs throughout the state of Louisiana.

O'Neill, a native of Louisiana, will be bringing his rocker spirit and some good ‘ol country music to the stage. "Louisiana is my home. It is my life. To play music in my hometown is tremendous, but to be part of a benefit such as this is simply an honor. It is my goal to be able to help more organizations raise funds as I try to grow my music career. I'd like to thank the Mandeville Seafood Fest for making me a part of this event," says O'Neill.

Todd isn't afraid to throw all types of music in the mix to get a fresh new sound. These days, spending most of his time in Nashville, he doesn't forget his home roots. "We are so excited to have Todd play at The Mandeville Seafood Festival this year. To have him be a part of a benefit such as this is extremely fulfilling. It is our hope that the goals are achieved this year and we are glad to have one of our artists participating in this year's event to help people in need," adds Barbara Farkas, Aria Records President.

This year will mark the 30th Anniversary of the festival with over 20 booths full of seafood dishes and other delicious food, as well as arts and crafts, children's entertainment, a firework show, and of course, live music.

For more information about Todd O'Neill please visit www.myspace.com/todoneillonline.

For more information about the Mandeville Seafood Festival please visit www.seafoodfest.com.


- Press Release


***New Single - Somthin' With Some Attitude"
I Need You
Can I Come Over Tonight
Cajun Queen
Drinkin' A Cold One
American Roads
Hank Williams, Jack Daniels & Memories of You
Runaway Angel
Old Man Got A Little Smarter
Man She Wanted You To Be
Jumpin' In the Deep End
Real Life



Down in Louisiana, when they're cooking up something in the kitchen, they tend to throw a little bit of everything in the pot. Applying that same homegrown creative philosophy to his life and to his music, singer/songwriter Todd O'Neill has concocted his own recipe for some seriously soulful, heartfelt and rockin' country music. With a critically acclaimed debut album already under his belt and fresh off the road from his year-long stint as a featured cast member in the hit production, Conway Twitty: The Man, The Myth, The Legend … The Musical, O'Neill is re-energized, refocused and more than ready to take his music to the next level.

"I look at everything in my career as a stepping stone and the Conway Twitty show was my biggest stepping stone yet," O'Neill says. "Learning all those guitar and vocal harmony parts, you really come to respect the guys playing behind the artists. I was also honored to sing Sam Moore's part on he and Conway's duet, 'Rainy Night in Georgia.'"

Perfected in countless honky tonks and dancehalls in the region around his hometown of Hammond, just north of New Orleans, O'Neill's all-inclusive country music vision embraces everything from tear-in-your-beer ballads to flat-out country rock anthems, wrapped up in a tall, good-looking package and delivered in a pure-country voice. Growing up in a musical melting pot, O'Neill was surrounded by a dizzying array of musical styles.

"My mom listened to country, my brother listened to rock 'n' roll, my sister liked pop music and my dad, oldies," O'Neill says with a laugh. "Everybody listened to something different. So when I was little, I really didn't have a favorite genre."

While he was absorbing all of his musical influences – from the eclectic sounds around his house to the rhythms of the Big Easy to the south – O'Neill was busy being a typical kid, concentrating on everything but music. But, while his singing may have been restricted to the shower and "the typical karaoke stuff kids do," O'Neill invariably found other ways to express his creative soul. A self-avowed "ham," he was known among friends to break out in a particularly inspired dance when the spirit(s) moved him. Hitting the dance floor one night at a hometown club, his "Napoleon Dynamite" moves caught the attention of guitarist Scott Feske, who was onstage with his band, Big Cat Daddy.

"Scott asked me where I'd ever learned to dance like that, and all my friends said, 'You ought to hear him sing!'" O'Neill recalls. "This was just a little club in Hammond on a Friday night. I got up and sang Travis Tritt's 'Here's a Quarter,' and I blew them away. That was the first time I was onstage, and I loved it. It was like an addiction."

For O'Neill, that initial performance was the beginning of some important friendships, and, though he didn't quite know it at the time, the beginning a great career in country music. Feske invited the young singer back, and O'Neill eventually joined the group on the road. Armed with the 110-proof power of their new singer's one-of-a-kind country voice and heartthrob appeal, Big Cat Daddy quickly morphed into Todd O'Neill and Big Cat Daddy, before the singer finally earned top billing as a solo artist.

Ask any of the country music lovers who hit the dance floor every time Todd O'Neill and Big Cat Daddy crank things up on a Saturday night. In the tradition of his role models – Merle Haggard, Keith Whitley and especially Otis Redding – O'Neill is totally committed to any song he's singing.

As he built his regional reputation at home, O'Neill was making regular trips to Nashville, actually moving to Music City for a year back in 2003 to get a feel for the business and to work on his songwriting. It was an invaluable experience that sent the fledgling artist back home and back to the drawing board.

"Nashville really showed me how unprepared I was," O'Neill says. "At the time, I didn't realize my guns weren't loaded, but I spent a lot of time networking and finding out what the deal was."

He was promoting his debut album in Nashville when he was introduced to singer/songwriter Gary Nichols, a major label veteran who inspired the O'Neill to take his music in an inspired new direction.

"Gary took me to Muscle Shoals and I recorded at Fame Studios," O'Neill says. "Muscle Shoals has so much amazing history with artists like Otis Redding, Little Richard, Clarence Carter, the Allman Bros., the Stones and Waylon Jennings,"

With Nichols contributing songs and co-producing (along with Rick James' "Super Freak" producer Tom Swift), O'Neill dug down deep, unearthing a depth and soulfulness that came as a surprise to everyone, including the singer himself.

"It just amazed me," O'Neill says. "On my first album, we were doing '90s-based country but now it's more like rock 'n' roll country soul. It is definitely more in-your-face, and I think it's going to make people laugh and cry and dance. I am super excited about this new mus