Harold O'Neal

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Harold O'Neal
Harold O'Neal at New York Fashion Week.jpg
O'Neal in 2011
Background information
Birth name Harold Mujahid O'Neal
Also known as Mr Piano Cinema
Born (1981-03-27) March 27, 1981 (age 36)
Arusha, Tanzania
Origin Kansas City, Missouri
Genres Classical
Jazz
Hip Hop
R&B
Pop
Occupation(s) Composer
Producer
Dancer
Actor
Public Speaker
Instruments Piano
Years active 2003–present
Labels BluRoc Roc-A-Fella Universal Music Group PME Smalls Records
Associated acts Jerry Duplessis, Lil' Ronnie, Damon Dash, Ski Beatz, Bobby Watson, Greg Osby, Andrew Hill, Ahmad Alaadeen

Harold Mujahid O'Neal (born March 27, 1981) is a Tanzanian-born American pianist, composer, record producer, actor, and dancer. He has worked with Bono, Aloe Blacc, Jerry Wonda, Busta Rhymes, Bob Geldof, Lil' Ronnie, Ne-Yo, Damon Dash, Ski Beatz, Damien Rice, Lupe Fiasco, and many of the industry's finest artists.

Career[edit]

The last protégé of Andrew Hill, O'Neal began working with musical luminaries from a young age — touring the world with Bobby Watson when he was 19 after studying composition at the Berklee College Of Music and leaving the Manhattan School of Music to replace pianist Jason Moran in the influential band, The Greg Osby 4, recording for Blue Note Records.

As a composer, Harold is known for blending the genres of 20th-century impressionist music with modern music. His solo album, "Marvelous Fantasy", is influenced by the works of Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy. His work has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, and PRI.

Production[edit]

In addition to composing, O'Neal is equally active as a producer in the worlds of Pop, Hip-Hop, and R&B. In 2010, Harold began working with hip hop legend Damon Dash. This led to a long term collaboration with the iconic hip hop producer Ski Beatz, touring extensively with hip-hop artists, and producing tracks for Mac Miller, Cam'Ron, Murs, and Sir Michael Rocks. In 2012, Harold began a collaboration with super-producers Lil' Ronnie (R. Kelly, Britney Spears, T-Pain) and Jerry Duplessis, a.k.a. Jerry Wonda (The Fugees, Wyclef Jean, Shakira, Justin Bieber, Madonna, Whitney Houston).

Notable Performances[edit]

Electric Burma[edit]

On June 18th, 2012, Harold performed with U2, Lupe Fiasco, Bob Geldof, Damien Rice, Angelique Kidjo and many other major artists for the presentation of Amnesty International's prestigious 'Ambassador of Conscience' Award to Aung San Suu Kyi. The award was originally announced from the stage when U2 played Croke Park in July 2009 - while the Burmese Nobel Peace Prize recipient was still under house arrest in Burma.

Global Citizen: World On Stage[edit]

On September 22nd, 2016, Harold performed with Aloe Blacc and Maya Jupiter for The Global Citizen Festival's The World On Stage, a night curated by Tom Morello and Jon Batiste. The evening was dedicated to several prominent speakers who addressed various causes -- such as education, the refugee crisis, gender equality, poverty, hunger, and much more -- and the presentation of the inaugural George Harrison Global Citizen award, presented by Paul Simon to Olivia and Dhani Harrison (George's widow and son).

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Production Company
2015 Tomorrowland (Blast From The Past Theme) Brad Bird Walt Disney Pictures
2015 Tanu Weds Manu Returns (Old School Girl) Anand L. Rai Colour Yellow Pictures
2015 Loisaidas (Ballade Of Jean Grey) Damon Dash Exec. Prod. Kanye West Damon Dash Studios

Discography[edit]

Songs[edit]

Year Artist Title Label
2014 Tank Thanking You Atlantic Records
2014 Mali Music Ready Aim RCA Records
2014 Mali Music One RCA Records
2013 RaVaughn Feat Wale Better Be Good Sony Music Entertainment
2013 Gyptian Good Girls VP Records
2013 Gyptian Turn Me On VP Records
2012 Selah Sue Fade Away Because Music
2012 Ashanti Feat R. Kelly That's What We Do Written Entertainment
2012 Wonda Music Presents Feat Busta Rhymes Make It Shake Wonda Music
2012 Cam'Ron & Vado BluTops BluRoc
2011 Cassidy Majesty Universal Music Group
2011 Mikey Rocks Cotton Candy Universal Music Group
2011 Najee This World Universal Music Group
2011 Glc & Stat Quo You Already Know Universal Music Group
2011 MURS Reach Hire Universal Music Group
2011 MURS Westside Love Universal Music Group
2011 MURS Epic Salutations Universal Music Group
2011 MURS Hip Hop & Love Universal Music Group
2011 Mikey Rocks & Trademark Da Sk Diver Living It Up Universal Music Group
2011 Mac Miller As Time Goes By Universal Music Group
2011 Rugz D Bewler Thank God Universal Music Group
2011 Najee & Nicole Wray New York City Universal Music Group
2011 Locksmith Silly Negro Universal Music Group
2011 Locksmith The Bottom Universal Music Group
2011 Locksmith Going Numb Universal Music Group

Albums[edit]

Year Artist Title Label
2013 Harold O'Neal Man On The Street Universal Music Group
2012 Cam' Ron And Vado BluTops Universal Music Group
2012 Ski Beatz 24 Hour Karate School Presents: Twilight Universal Music Group
2011 Ski Beatz 24 Hour Karate School 2 Universal Music Group
2011 Harold O'Neal Marvelous Fantasy Smalls Records
2010 Harold O'Neal Whirling Mantis Smalls Records
2008 Bobby Watson From The Heart Palmetto Records
2007 Ahmad Alaadeen And The Beauty Of It All ASR Records
2007 Harold O'Neal Charlie's Suite PME Records
2005 Ahmad Alaadeen New Africa Suite ASR Records
2005 Leron Thomas Dirty Draws Vol. 1 Leron Thomas
2003 Greg Osby St. Louis Shoes Blue Note Records
Film/TV
Year Title Role Notes
2009 MTV - The Elements NYC: Bboy Himself Documentary
2009 Jay Z feat Mr. Hudson Young Forever Dancer Music video
2010 Boardwalk Empire Stride Pianist Episode: "Home"
2010 iPad Music Video - Eye of the Tiger remix Dancer Music video
2011 The Daily Habit Himself Episode: 168
2012 Electric Burma Himself Documentary
2014 Keep On Keepin' On Himself Documentary
Theatre
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Lady Day Sonny Off-Broadway (Understudy)

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