Owner of WCJS Radio, and Host/Producer of Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal
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 Damned Yankees, Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls, and Flower Drum Song.
After college, Cres left music to buckle down in the real world. She married Muthiah Seralathan, and moved to Buffalo, New York. She became Western Regional Director for the New York Civil Liberties Union. It was while in Buffalo the music bug resurfaced. 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. There she was involved with several big bands, performing with such famed artists as Al Tinney, Boyd Lee Dunlop, Art Anderson, and Zaid Alee. She returned to Washington with her husband and two daughters, and over the years she has performed with David Berger, David Friedman, C.C. Winans, and the Chieftains. She has also been seen in various stage productions, has performed 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. Cres also performed at Inaugural events for both President Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton.
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 the owner of WCJS Radio, http://www.cresonealmusic.com/wcjsradio.cfm, and is the producer/host of the top rated jazz talk show, Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cres-oneal. She also writes children's books.