Mom's Advice is Music to Piano Playing Brothers' Ears; Thriving Business Sells 500,000 CDs

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Bellmont Partners Public Relations

    NEW PRAGUE, Minn., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Never let it be said that Tim
 and Ryan O'Neill don't listen to their mother.  Like many musicians, the
 Minnesota-based piano players began their musical careers by performing at
 family gatherings.  But when Tim spent a year of college abroad, his mother,
 Kathy, encouraged him to record and make copies of his music so his friends
 and family could listen to it while he was away.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010417/NYFNSL04 )
     Good idea, Mom.  When he returned, Tim was amazed at the number of
 recordings his mother had distributed, and he decided to plunge full-time into
 the business of writing, playing, recording and selling his music to a growing
 audience.  Today, the O'Neill Brothers have turned a passion for music into a
 thriving business, selling more than 500,000 CDs nationwide.
     The O'Neill Brothers' music is now available at department, grocery and
 drug stores and gift shops nationwide, by calling toll-free 888-9-O'NEILL
 (888-966-3455) or through their web site http://www.pianobrothers.com .
     "It all started because our parents had enough confidence in our music,
 and in us, to give us the support we needed," says Tim O'Neill, 28.  In 1996,
 Tim teamed with his brother Ryan, now 26, and launched their own independent
 record label.  The company's name, Shamrock-n-Roll, also came as a suggestion
 from their mother.  "They've come so far from the early days, when they were
 two little boys sharing a piano bench," Kathy O'Neill says.  "Their feet
 couldn't even touch the pedals when they started."
     Their fans have made successes of the O'Neill Brothers' 12 albums,
 including the holiday-themed "Coming Home," "Spirit of the Season" and "Spirit
 of the Season Volume II"; "The Meeting of the Waters," a collection of
 traditional Irish tunes; the classic and original love songs of "Look Within,"
 "Love Always," "Hands of Time" and "P.S., I Love You"; "Sweet Dreams," a
 collection of lullabies; "One"; "A Notre Dame Experience"; and their newest
 album of all-original songs, "Inspiration."
     Their booming business has allowed Tim and Ryan to be able to do what they
 love most: write and play music.  It's at the heart of what drives them
 forward and is what the growing number of fans continues to connect with.
     And it's all thanks to a little piece of advice from their mom.  "I'm
 watching my sons find success doing what they love," Kathy O'Neill says.
 "What more could a mother ask for?"
     The O'Neill Brothers' music is available at JCPenney stores, by calling
 toll-free 888-9-O'NEILL (888-966-3455) or through their web site
 http://www.pianobrothers.com
 
 

SOURCE Bellmont Partners Public Relations
    NEW PRAGUE, Minn., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Never let it be said that Tim
 and Ryan O'Neill don't listen to their mother.  Like many musicians, the
 Minnesota-based piano players began their musical careers by performing at
 family gatherings.  But when Tim spent a year of college abroad, his mother,
 Kathy, encouraged him to record and make copies of his music so his friends
 and family could listen to it while he was away.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010417/NYFNSL04 )
     Good idea, Mom.  When he returned, Tim was amazed at the number of
 recordings his mother had distributed, and he decided to plunge full-time into
 the business of writing, playing, recording and selling his music to a growing
 audience.  Today, the O'Neill Brothers have turned a passion for music into a
 thriving business, selling more than 500,000 CDs nationwide.
     The O'Neill Brothers' music is now available at department, grocery and
 drug stores and gift shops nationwide, by calling toll-free 888-9-O'NEILL
 (888-966-3455) or through their web site http://www.pianobrothers.com .
     "It all started because our parents had enough confidence in our music,
 and in us, to give us the support we needed," says Tim O'Neill, 28.  In 1996,
 Tim teamed with his brother Ryan, now 26, and launched their own independent
 record label.  The company's name, Shamrock-n-Roll, also came as a suggestion
 from their mother.  "They've come so far from the early days, when they were
 two little boys sharing a piano bench," Kathy O'Neill says.  "Their feet
 couldn't even touch the pedals when they started."
     Their fans have made successes of the O'Neill Brothers' 12 albums,
 including the holiday-themed "Coming Home," "Spirit of the Season" and "Spirit
 of the Season Volume II"; "The Meeting of the Waters," a collection of
 traditional Irish tunes; the classic and original love songs of "Look Within,"
 "Love Always," "Hands of Time" and "P.S., I Love You"; "Sweet Dreams," a
 collection of lullabies; "One"; "A Notre Dame Experience"; and their newest
 album of all-original songs, "Inspiration."
     Their booming business has allowed Tim and Ryan to be able to do what they
 love most: write and play music.  It's at the heart of what drives them
 forward and is what the growing number of fans continues to connect with.
     And it's all thanks to a little piece of advice from their mom.  "I'm
 watching my sons find success doing what they love," Kathy O'Neill says.
 "What more could a mother ask for?"
     The O'Neill Brothers' music is available at JCPenney stores, by calling
 toll-free 888-9-O'NEILL (888-966-3455) or through their web site
 http://www.pianobrothers.com
 
 SOURCE  Bellmont Partners Public Relations