Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Alexander O’Neal Interview 2017…
Alexander O’Neal is an American R&B singer, songwriter and arranger from Natchez, Mississippi.
‘If you were here tonight’ might well be the greatest soul record ever recorded.
In a music career spanning more than 30 years, O’Neal is an accomplished R&B and soul singer. He truly is one of the most remarkable voices of his generation.
O’Neal came to prominence in the middle of the 1980s as a solo artist, releasing fourteen singles that entered the Top 40 charts in the UK during the 1980s and 1990s.
His solo singles, sometimes dealing with lost love include “Fake”, “Criticize”, “The Lovers”, “(What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me”, “The Christmas Song”, “All True Man”, “Love Makes No Sense” and “In the Middle”.
He is also known for duets with fellow R&B singer and Tabu labelmate Cherrelle such as “Saturday Love” and “Never Knew Love Like This”. AllMusic has described O’Neal as having a “tough voice [that] has the same grain and range as that of Otis Redding.
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In 1996, his first album with One World Records, Lovers Again, was released. The album did not chart in the UK, though the single “Let’s Get Together” reached the UK Top 40.
In 2001, he released an album on Eagle Records, Saga of a Married Man. The album was produced by former Prince drummer, Bobby Z. In 2005, he recorded his first live album, Alexander O’Neal Live at Hammersmith Apollo, featuring songs from throughout his career.
In 2008, O’Neal released Alex Loves…, his first studio album in six years. The album peaked at No. 49 in the UK, and was his first charting album of new material in 15 years.
In 2014, O’Neal signed a new management deal with Howard Perl Management, Beverly Hills, California.
In June 2016, O’Neal collaborated with Manchester-based funk band, Mamma Freedom, on the single, “Fake”, a re-recording of his 1987 single of the same name. The single was released shortly before O’Neal embarked upon a UK tour, with Mamma Freedom providing support.
Interview recorded 13th September 2017 by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio.
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