How we got here...



The River is self-published by Michael Neale and sells thousands of copies.


OCTOBER 2011     

The River Experience (a theatrical event) debuts in beta version in West Palm Beach, Florida to standing ovations and thousands of books and the all-original musical soundtracks sold.


FEBRUARY 2012         

Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins Publishing acquires The River for an international release.


SEPTEMBER 2012      

The River releases and becomes a National Best-Seller within the week and is now published in 9 languages and growing.     


NOVEMBER 2012       

The River Experience debuts as a ticketed event to complete sellout crowd of 2500 people. 


MARCH 2013 – 2014

The River Experience plays for corporate private events in West Palm, Atlanta, Portland, and the Orlando area to multiple standing ovations.


SEPTEMBER 2014      

The sequel, Into The Canyon: a River Novel, released to critical acclaim with Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins.


AUGUST 2014 – PRESENT       

Lead Read Live, a 501-c3 non- profit foundation, was founded by Michael and Leah Neale, to raise the levels of literacy in schools. Featuring a ground-breaking, arts-empowered, differentiated curriculum based on THE RIVER, the story and has been read and experienced by nearly 20,000 children in Palm Beach County schools. The foundation is expanding to North Carolina, Colorado, and Texas.