Yamaha Synthesizer Artist, Cassandra O'Neal, is a keyboardist, vocalist, composer and producer - best known as musical director and keyboard player with Prince and The New Power Generation.
Cassandra can be heard playing keyboards on Dreamgirls: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack, LeAnn Rimes' What a Wonderful World, So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross, BabyFace's Grown & Sexy, and Mindi Abair's In Hi-Fi Stereo. As a live keyboardist, she has toured with several artists including Pink, 98 Degrees, Kurt Carr & the Kurt Carr Singers, Helen Baylor, Avant and Chanté Moore. In 2005, she joined the band backing the 'Sisters In The Spirit Tour' featuring Yolande Adams, Sheila E. and Martha Munizzi.
O'Neal was named Musical Director for both Macy Gray 2004—2007 and Mary J. Blige joining Jay-Z on the "Heart of the City Tour" in 2008. (She was co-writer of several songs on Macy Gray's comeback album, BIG.) She was also a member of all female band COED (Chronicles Of Every Diva). Adding to her credit, O'Neal has performed on various television shows including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the MTV Video Music Awards, and the NAACP Image Awards.
In 2009, O'Neal joined Prince in his highly acclaimed band, The New Power Generation. Her first NPG performance was at the Grand Palais and La Cigale concerts in France October of the same year. She played Prince's 20Ten Tour, Welcome 2 America, 2011 Montreal Jazz Festival Special Performance, the Welcome 2 America Euro 2011 Tour (introduced the first NPG Music & Arts Festival) and the 2016 Official Prince Tribute Concert in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Cassandra enjoys educating young aspiring musicians through her participation in several music workshops, clinics and conventions throughout the country. O'Neal currently provides private lessons and music mentorship to piano and vocal students. She attends the New School of Jazz in New York City where she will receive a degree in Jazz Vocal Performance. Cassandra is a Yamaha artist.
Cassandra has collaborated with a variety of artists, including: Prince & The New Power Generation, LeAnn Rimes, Macy Gray, Mary J. Blige, Pink, 98 Degrees, Sheila E., Kurt Carr and Helen Baylor.