Versatility is the calling card of industry veteran Bernadette O’Reilly, whose entertainment industry credits include musicians and singers, TV programming and comics. She has launched independent label Breaking Records, is a hit songwriter, has worked in artist relations and nurtured talent as a consultant, manager and instructor.
At Manhattan-based Nelson-O’Reilly Productions, Brooklyn native O’Reilly and composer, producer and songwriter Eve Nelson , managed a state-of-the-art studio in the city’s Flatiron district. Services ran the gamut, from concept to production.
The company formed in the fall of 1994 with the discovery of Billy Crawford, a childhood movie star in his native Philippines. Nelson-O’Reilly co-wrote his debut self-titled album and acquired a record deal from Richard Branson’s V2 Records, which propelled Crawford to stardom across much of Southeast Asia. Second album, “Ride” also contains several songs written and produced by O’Reilly; it is double-platinum in France. more...
Nelson O’Reilly also conceived Chaka Khan’s 2004 jazz standards album, “Classikhan,” which O’Reilly executive produced. She filled the same role for comedienne Sandra Bernhard’s Broadway debut, “I’m Still Here…Damn It!” Other artists include singer/songwriter Ben Jelen; Willa Ford, Turkey’s most-acclaimed female artist Sezen Aksu; the Beu Sisters; and classical crossover singer Hayley Westernra.
O’Reilly began her career in the artist relations division at Spotlite Entertainment, where she worked with comics Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and Dennis Miller. She then became creative director for Peer Music, playing a pivotal role in steering successful career turns for James Ingram, Tina Turner and Menudo, as well as the first U.S. label deal for U.K. producers 3 Man Island.
Other pivotal roles include instructor at the Songwriters Hall of Fame; music supervisor for indie films “Crooked Lines” and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade feature, “Wild Girls Gone”; and music consultant for TV program “Get Fit To Go.”
In her new role as founder of Breaking Records, O’Reilly signed the label imprint’s first artist in 2006, LOURDS. The eclectic quartet has been deemed “the quintessential face of female rock in New York” , now Lourds Lane has created the musical Chix 6 featuring the electro-rock single “Victory” used for placement on ESPN’s March Madness.
Sherrie Fell, born in Queens, N.Y., earned her BFA in Acting from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
A Final Cut Pro-based editor with well-entrenched skills at putting music to video, Sherrie created many mini-docs, used as promotional tools for artists such as LOURDS, Chaka Khan, The Demolition String Band, Monterey, Sounds of Asphalt and OurSceneTV. more...
Sherrie began shooting her own footage in order to document and deconstruct. She is currently in pre-production on a couple of different projects taking on various roles.
In addition, Fell launched Breaking Records in 2006 with Bernadette O’Reilly. As Vice President, she is charged with branding and marketing the new Manhattan-based label. Breaking Records released the live recording of the Off-Broadway show of Sandra Bernhard’s “Everything Bad & Beautiful” in 2006. She has also hosted radio shows “Funny, Isn’t it?” and “Inside Music.”. and also wrote and produced these programs for WPS1 art radio, part of the MoMA, which broadcasts from the historic Clocktower building in New York.
Also a practiced comedienne she has performed at many of the Northeast region’s premiere comedy clubs, including Carolines, Gotham Comedy Club and Boston Comedy club.
Sherrie has also been creating art working in Oil and Oil Pastel which can be seen at SherrieFell.com