For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: Sleeping At Last!
As the driving force behind Sleeping At Last, it’s impressive what Ryan O’Neal can accomplish over the course of a year. The singer-songwriter just finished his 12-month, 12-EP Yearbook project in September of last year, only to have the SAL track “Turning Page” featured on the the soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 shortly thereafter. Even tonight, Thursday, January 12th, a Sleeping At Last Selection will be featured on Grey’s Anatomy. So what’s next for Ryan O’Neal and Sleeping At Last?
“I have several projects in the works,” O’Neal shares cryptically with CVU, adding “lots of new Sleeping At Last music will be released this year! Can’t wait.”
Though new music is set for the year, the artist doesn’t yet have an immediate answer as to the sound of new Sleeping At Last material.
“Since completing my 36-song project, Yearbook, last September, I’ve been focusing on just refilling, getting inspired again, after so much non-stop writing/recording!” O’Neal informs. “So I’m not sure of the direction of the new material – I’ve got some small seeds, but who knows what they’ll turn out.”
The artist does reveal he hopes to put out new music this spring. In the meantime, download a free SAL sampler now through Noise Trade. And watch a performance of “Turning Page,” live at Electrical Audio, below, immediately following O’Neal’s CVU podcast interview from 2011 in support of Yearbook.