Song Premiere: Todd O’Neill “Love Again”

Kick off your weekend right with this feel good anthem.

You may recognize Todd as the reigning champion of the 2016 NASH Next competition, but if this is the first you’re hearing of him, it’s time to start paying attention.

Winning the competition landed him a record deal with Big Machine Label Group and his Louisiana soul on this debut track penned by Brett Young and produced by Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts is sure to have you in the mood to fall in love.

While this may be his debut single with Big Machine, he’s been working on music and touring the country for almost sixteen years. From working as a roadie, being part of a variety group called Big Cat Daddy Band, and waiting tables at Wildhorse Saloon while Chris and Preston from LOCASH gave dance lessons, he sure has come a long way.

I’m already obsessed with the new single, and to think he almost had to fight Brett Young for it…

I instantly fell in love with the song, it was upbeat and fun but still had that soul side of country. I had that as my top pick…it went all the way up to the man himself, Scott Borchetta, and he wound up picking “Love Again” as the single. Fast forward a week, they sent us an email that said unfortunately, Brett just put that on hold for his next project so you’re not going to be able to cut it. Fast forward another two weeks, I was playing in New York City, I played on Wednesday night and was supposed to fly out Thursday, but we got caught in a huge snow storm and were stuck there until Friday, so the next day my manager was like ‘You’re never going to guess whose playing tonight, Brett Young is playing tonight, you should go talk to him and ask him for the song’. So we wound up going to the show…after the show I walked up and introduced myself and told him what was going on… and I said ‘By the way man, I really love the song you wrote, Love Again, and he said ‘Man, you should cut that song’ and I said well I can’t, you just put it on hold for your next album and he said ‘No man, if you’re ready to cut and you really love the song I want you to cut it.’ So four days later, we’re in the studio recording ‘Love Again’.

Todd sure isn’t the only one whose thankful Brett let him have this one. He’s currently working on the music video for the fun track, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for him.

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Download “Love Again” here.

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