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"The greatest gifts that I've ever received from God are my family, and my ability to communicate through music." Cres O'Neal

Crescentia O'Neal was born in Washington, DC on December 24, 1955. She was introduced to music, at an early age, through her mother, classical vocalist Patricia O'Neal. She would watch, listen, and try to imitate as her mom and accompanist Roberta Flack blended harmonious melodies. Cres has been performing from the age of six when she had the lead in her school musical. Throughout High School you could hear her perform in such musicals as Damn Yankees, Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls, and Flower Drum Song.

Cres is definitely a woman of many hats. She started her political career as an LBJ Fellow on Capitol Hill, served as Executive Director of a non-profit, and as a board member of the United Nations Association for the National Capitol area. She married, and moved to Buffalo, New York in the early 80's. There she became Western Regional Director for the New York Civil Liberties Union.

It was while in Buffalo the music bug resurfaced. She became actively involved with several big bands, and played with such artists as Boyd Lee Dunlop, Al Tinney, Art Anderson, and Zaid Alee. She was frequently seen performing at the Colored Musicians Club -- a club that hosted the likes of Count Bassie, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Duke Ellington.

She returned to Washington with her husband and two daughters, and over the years she has performed with such artists as David Berger, David Friedman, C.C. Winans, and the Chieftains. She has also been seen in various stage productions; performing with the Washington Performing Arts Society's Men and Women of the Gospel; and, throughout New York and Washington, DC. Her professional theatrical credits include: Your Arms Are to Short to Box With God, Working, and Beehive, to name a few.

One of the greatest assets to Cres' vocals is her versatility -- she easily moves from one genre to another, from classical to rock. Her Mustang Sally is amazing. Her sound has been compared to Ella, Barbara Streisand, Rosemary Clooney, and Sarah Vaughn.

"She has an unassuming demeanor; yet, her unique vocals are soothing and explosive. Her powerful, captivating voice exudes emotion that draws you into her space." Leonard Hughes, Washington Post

Cres is currently owner/operator of WCJS Radio, and Host/Producer of the radio talk show, Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal. She is also a children book author.
Announcing the release of Celebrate The Holidays With Cres.

Well everyone, afte many years of doing background vocals for everyone else, I have finally completed my Christmas CD -- which happens to be my first. Downloads now available at Just click the photo to be tranported. Somehow that sound like Star Trek, doesn't it? Oh, well, enjoy!:o)

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At 9:45am on October 4, 2008, Bev Getz said…
Thanks for joining Stan's forum!

My Best,
At 6:08pm on November 9, 2008, Lou and Eva said…

Hi Cres, We meet once again at Stans Community. Its like hide and go seek on the web. You never know where or what web page we will be hiding at!haha How are you and all your furry pets doing? Hoes the new CD going? We are doing ok and staying out of trouble We know you saw the video of Joan singing Somewhere out There on your myspace, but heres another song ( Ben) she also recorded that I put on this video of Paulie , the squirrel Eva and I raised as a baby. Gotta warn you. Get a box of tissues The little guys a heart breaker. Talk to you soon. Where? Your guess is as good as mine. Stay Blessed - Eva and Lou

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