New Web Site Searches for Stories of Faith
12 stories to be set to music by The O'Neill Brothers
NEW PRAGUE, MN (November 8, 2007) - What's your story of faith?
Piano-playing brothers Ryan and Tim O'Neill, who honed their keyboard skills at the University of Notre Dame, have teamed with Greg Schlueter, a video producer with extensive background in Catholic projects, on a new online and CD project called Keys2Heaven. Keys2Heaven.com features a collection of inspirational stories submitted by visitors to the site, a dozen of which will be set to music and included on a new CD.
Schlueter and the O'Neill Brothers are inviting people to visit Keys2Heaven.com and add their own personal story. Once a month the site's creators plan to select a new story and set it to music, leading up to completion of a 12-track compact disc titled "Stories of Faith: 12 Songs Inspired by You!" A companion booklet containing the corresponding stories will be included.
"Everyone has a story, and this project aims to help people intimately connect with God in their personal story," Schlueter says. "Piano keys can literally be keys to heaven, a way of connecting people to God through music."
The O'Neill Brothers have sold nearly two million CDs -- including several albums of inspirational music. They have six Billboard hits, songs appearing on HBO, PBS, NBC and ESPN, and an Emmy nomination. But, they say, faith is at the heart of their piano playing. "For us it has always been a prayer and an occasion for others to connect with God. If Keys2Heaven helps just one person develop a stronger faith in God, we've succeeded," Tim O'Neill says.
Visitors to the Keys2Heaven home page can view a trailer in which the O'Neills softly play the song "On the Other Side" as a woman named Tami Kimet shares the story of her incredible journey to the afterlife during a heart operation.
Visitors to the site are invited to register and download the first track at no charge. Also, they can go to the "K2H Theater" and view Kimet's entire story, which her surgeon describes as "chilling." The story includes an encounter with angels and Kimet's belief that she was sent back to this life to comfort those who have a life-threatening illness.
The theater also features other inspiring clips and an opportunity to receive a monthly e-mail newsletter titled "The Story."
"Keys2Heaven is a comprehensive mission," says Schlueter, whose companies have contributed to the successes of Disney/Walden's "The Chronicles of Narnia," "God or the Girl" on the Arts and Entertainment cable network, the baseball film "Champions of Faith," and "Superman Returns" for Warner Brothers.
He explains that the "Full Stories of Faith Pack" -- a monthly download of each track as it is released, plus the full compact disc and companion booklet when completed in November 2008 -- is available now for $19.95 plus shipping and handling. For a limited time, the O'Neill's acclaimed Christmas CD, "Spirit of the Season, Vol. 1" also will be included.
"It's a perfect holiday gift, a Christmas CD right now and a new gift to open every month of the year," Schlueter says.
In another arrangement, individual tracks at 99-cents each can be downloaded as they are released every month. "The Journey Pack" for $8.99 enables the download of all 12 tracks as they are released.
A portion of all proceeds from the project will go to faith-based nonprofit groups.
About the O'Neill Brothers Tim and Ryan O'Neill have sold almost two million CDs - without being associated with a major record label. Along the way, the brothers have written and performed music for HBO, PBS, NBC and ESPN; and performed for President George H.W. Bush. Several of their CDs have hit the Billboard charts, and their latest PBS concert special, "Piano for Someone You Love," earned an Emmy nomination.
Editors: For information on the O'Neill Brothers, visit www.PianoBrothers.com. Information on Schlueter's work is available at www.IDVidPro.com and www.IDGenesys.com.