From press reports:
For their latest CD, multi-million-selling pianists The O’Neill Brothers are launching a national search for song ideas -- and the stories behind them -- from mothers and grandmothers across the country.
The new CD, a collection of lullabies, is inspired by an experience that affected the entire O’Neill family. Last May, older O'Neill Brother Tim O'Neill and his wife Annie celebrated the birth of twins, Owen and Gabi. The twins were born two months prematurely, and spent more than seven weeks in the NICU. The twins are at home with mom and dad now, and doing well, and Tim and Annie attribute at least some of the babies’ recovery to the piano music they played for them throughout their hospital stay.
Tim was inspired to record the new CD to help provide a small measure of comfort to families who are going through a similar experience, or who have babies of any age who need help falling asleep.
Parents and grandparents can help contribute to the new album by submitting a story about a song that’s special to them, whether it’s a lullaby that they sing to their child every night, a melody that has had a significant impact on them, or a tune that has been passed down from generation to generation.
For more information or to submit a song and story, visit PianoBrothers.com before Feb. 24.
The brothers will include the top suggestions on the new CD, and print the special stories behind each song in an accompanying booklet. Those whose stories are chosen will receive a $100 gift certificate for any O'Neill Brothers' CDs or sheet music, as well as recognition on the CD and in the media. (Several people may suggest the same song, so be sure to tell a great story.)
Following the success of the O’Neill Brothers’ first lullaby CD, Sweet Dreams, the new CD will be available just in time for Mother’s Day. Arranged in The O’Neill Brothers’ soothing, signature style, the lullabies on the new CD will be specifically tailored to not only help calm babies, but to aid in their development, as well.
The O'Neill Brothers have released more than 30 CDs of beautiful instrumental piano music, and sold more than two million copies -- all without being associated with a major record label. Along the way, they’ve written and performed music for HBO (including music for “Sex and the City”), CBS, NBC, PBS, and ESPN. Several of their collections have hit the Billboard charts, and their PBS special featuring Deborah Gibson was nominated for an Emmy award.