TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

McKeesport's Neal to seek musical career in Los Angeles

Submitted
McKeesport Area High School graduate Rahmel Neal will perform on Saturday night at the Rex Theater in the South Side before heading off to Hollywood to pursue a music career.

Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, 2:26 a.m.
 

A McKeesport Area High School graduate will perform a farewell show at the Rex Theater this weekend before heading off to Los Angeles to pursue a music career.

Rahmel Neal will take the stage on Saturday around 10 p.m. at 1602 E. Carson St. in the South Side. Doors open at 6:30.

“People should expect to see a great show,” Neal said. “I hope to inspire someone to go after their dreams and inspire someone to stand up for themselves.”

The 21-year-old McKeesport singer graduated in 2011. He plans to incorporate an anti-bullying discussion into his set.

“I hope a lot of people can walk away from this more motivated than they've ever felt before,” Neal said. “I think a lot of people view McKeesport as a dangerous city. McKeesport has a lot of negativity that surrounds it. It has totally made me want to be the best role model I can be. A lot of people don't believe they can follow their dreams and make it out of McKeesport. It has totally made me a humbler person and gave me a huge perspective just graduating from here.”

Neal's music is a heavy mix of R&B, alternative, pop, and a splash of something else. He said his musical influences are Michael Jackson, Prince and John Mayer.

“I try to get inspiration from a lot of different genres,” he said. “I don't think I sound like anyone else.”

Neal's love of music began at an early age.

“I've been singing since I was 3 and recording music since I was 9,” he said. “I've been blessed to know what I've been born to do at such a young age. A lot of people don't get to (know) that. I always stuck with (music). I always knew it was something to do as I got older. It kept me around positivity. I didn't get into gangs or the streets because of my music. It saved my life.”

Tickets to Saturday's show are $10. Opening act is KG Dynasty, a Pittsburgh area dance company.

Call 412-245-6625 to purchase tickets or for information.

Neal leaves for Hollywood on Aug. 31 to develop a showcase next year. More information about the artist is available online at www.facebook.com/rahmelneal.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read McKeesport

  1. Charity helps dozens of McKeesport area children in need get new shoes
  2. Munhall garbage collection rates to increase
  3. McKeesport Area student’s Project Christmas expands in 2nd year
  4. McKeesport nonprofit, Youth Works ensure Allied Health students can continue training
  5. Jamie’s Dream Team founder says she will press on despite new illness
  6. McKeesport man sentenced to house arrest in armed robbery
  7. Brass plaque stolen from McKeesport veterans memorial
  8. Elizabeth Forward marks 35th year of senior holiday breakfast
  9. Businessman responds to Brewster shale tax proposal
  10. McKeesport traffic stops lead to 3 heroin arrests
  11. North Versailles Township approves $6.79 million budget that keeps tax rates flat
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.