The iconic singers reunite on stage Friday, July 19 at First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N, Minneapolis. According to O'Neal, this is the first time the two have performed together in his adopted hometown for quite some time and the two are eager to share the stage together again.
"I'm really looking forward to the show. Cherrelle is really looking forward to it," said O'Neal, who was in London during the interview with Insight News' Aesthetically Speaking.
The duo scored two 1980s #2 Billboard R&B hits with "Saturday Love" and "Never Knew Love Like This" and each achieved individual successes with songs such as "Innocent," "Fake," "Criticize," and "All True Man" (O'Neal) and "Didn't Mean to Turn You On," "Everything I Miss at Home" and "Affair" (Cherrelle).
"This is an Alexander O'Neal show, but Cherrelle will be my special guest," said O'Neal. "So we're going to do a few of our songs together, but you're going to get the Alexander O'Neal experience along with Cherrelle as an extra treat."
Born in Natchez, Miss., O'Neal moved to Minneapolis in the 1970s where he teamed up with the likes of Prince and The Time. O'Neal's self titled debut album was largely produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis of The Time, with additional production from Jellybean Johnson. O'Neal credits his early producers for much of his longevity and success.
"I really think it was the collaboration of that whole Minneapolis Sound that contributed to my success," said O'Neal. "We had great production. With production from Jam and Lewis it's hard to miss. All my supporting cast has a lot to say about why my music has stood the test of time."
Not content to live off of past success, the R&B crooner is set to release two new projects this fall – one an R&B album and the other a big band album with remakes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Mel Tormé and others.
"(The big band album) is something I wanted to do for a long time," said O'Neal. "I have plans to do several types of music before my career is done. I can sing any song. I can do country and western. I love all genres of music."
O'Neal said he's working with former Prince and the Revolution band member, Bobby Z on both upcoming projects. Bobby Z is also presenting the upcoming O'Neal and Cherrelle show at First Ave.
Alexander O'Neal feat. Cherrelle
Friday, July 19 – 8 p.m.
First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis