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Sunday, 19 October, 2008 1:47 PM

CMA New Artist Spotlight: Todd O'Neill

Photo by Johnny Chauvin

Aria recording artist Todd O'Neill

By Bob Doerschuk
© 2008 CMA Close Up News Service

There's more than one way to break into Country Music. But Todd O'Neill may be the first to seize his moment by doing the "Napoleon Dynamite" dance at a club in his hometown of Hammond, La.

Mac Barrient, who was playing guitar with the band that night, took this as a sign of sorts and invited the young man up to sing a tune. O'Neill, who had never been onstage before, grabbed the mic, nailed Travis Tritt's "Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)" and sealed his fate. The band welcomed him as its lead singer, complete with top billing at their shows.

His debut album, Real Life, emanates the energy O'Neill mustered at those roadhouse gigs. There's some Nashville sweetening too, which he might have picked up during a visit to Music City in 2003 - just long enough to pack some songwriting polish when he went back home.

Produced by Jim Allison and released on Aria Records Nashville, Real Life stirs accordion into "Cajun Queen," sprinkles Southern-fried harmonized guitar into "Drinkin' a Cold One" and showcases O'Neill's deft writing chops on six of its 11 tracks, including the introspective single, "Can I Come Over Tonight," co-written with Brett Harrington with its unusual segues between 4/4 and waltz times.

His voice is pleasing and melodic, a little husky and touched by old-school soul. Yet for all its diversity, Real Life is all about Country and showcases one of its promising new arrivals.

IN HIS OWN WORDS

MUSICAL HEROES
"As a kid, I always looked up to Brooks & Dunn."

INFLUENCES
"Merle Haggard, James Taylor, Otis Redding, Keith Urban and Stephen Cochran."

SONG YOU'D SECRETLY LIKE TO COVER
"'These Arms of Mine,' by Otis Redding."

CD IN YOUR STEREO
"Jake Owen's CD."

DREAM DUET PARTNER
"Carrie Underwood."

WHAT YOU SING IN THE SHOWER
"Every time I get in there - and this is not a joke, I'm serious - 'Don't Worry, Be Happy.'"

SOMETHING WE'D NEVER GUESS ABOUT YOU
"My manager says I'm a pig."

PHRASE YOU SAY OVER AND OVER AGAIN
"I got this."

MODE OF TRANSPORTATION YOU PREFER
"Motorcycle."

HOMETOWN
"Hammond, La."

ACTOR TO PORTRAY YOU IN A BIOPIC ABOUT YOUR LIFE
"Ben Affleck."

MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE WOULD YOU RELIVE IF YOU COULD
"The last motorcycle ride I had with my dad. He got in a motorcycle accident and if I could relive that moment and know what I know today, I would prevent the accident."

LUCKY CHARM
"I have a bracelet that I wear everyday as my lucky charm."

TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY
"Two Wheels and Six Strings."

WHEN THEY LOOK BACK ON YOUR LIFE IN 50 YEARS, WHAT YOU HOPE PEOPLE SAY ABOUT YOU
"Man he was such a nice guy."

ITEMS YOU'D PUT IN YOUR PERSONAL TIME CAPSULE, FOR FUTURE ARTISTS AND AUDIENCES
"Early demos, tape recordings, a guitar tuner and an extra set of strings."

WHAT YOU'D BE IF YOU WEREN'T AN ARTIST
"A motorcycle stunt man."

FAVORITE FOOD WHILE ON THE ROAD
"Double Cheeseburger."

On the Web: www.toddoneillonline.com

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