Jay O'Shea

Jay O'Shea

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She's toured around the world with the likes of INXS, Tim Rice; headlined gigs in Sydney Australia and London and prestigious plays in Los Angeles. The whispers have been building and JAY O'SHEA is ready to become a roar.

Biography

JAY O'SHEA
The whispers that have been building around the world about Jay O’Shea are threatening to become a roar. For this independent Nashville act (by way of Adelaide, Australia) there is a rare and remarkable aura surrounding the name.
Somewhere between Reba, Olivia Newton John and Bonnie Raitt, Jay is born.
Those who have experienced her emotionally-driven performances find themselves eagerly spreading the word about a striking singer with powerful original songs who connects deeply with her audiences and conjures a mesmerizing mood in the company of two guitarists, bass, piano and drums.
From her work as back-up singer and national support for INXS and Sir Tim Rice, to her unique original shows around the world, Jay has weaved a seductive spell that is striking, moving and unforgettable.
Jay has performed for fans in venues across the world - from the Metro in Sydney to the intimate confines of London’s Kashmir Klub, Bar Fly, Enterprise and China White. She has showcased at Los Angeles’ Hotel Café, Ghengis Cohen, Room 5 and Molly Malone’s round as well as New York’s Bitter End and Living Room. Nashville audiences have caught Jay at The Bluebird Café, The Basement, Blue Bar and The Rutledge, to name a few.
“The gigs I did in New York, LA and London last year made me realize that if it could fit in there it could fit in anywhere in the world,” says Jay about her decision to move to Nashville. “After living in London for two years, writing for London’s Warner Chappell division, playing and recording, I feel that the music is valid. It has a very strong essence. It’s believable because it’s honest. I have managed to stay true to myself as an artist and haven’t compromised. It’s something I am very proud of.”
The past year has been a whirlwind for Jay. Shortly upon moving to Nashville, Jay signed a publishing deal with THIS MUSIC/ WARNER CHAPPELL. She began writing a stockpile of songs with the likes of Dave Berg, Shawn Colvin, Kim Carnes, Mike Reid, Bobby Pinson, Tim Nichols, Connie Harrington, Shaye Smith and Josh Leo. The result is 5 songs which are currently on hold for REBA as well as one that is held for Kelly Clarkson’s upcoming album. She has gigged non-stop, gaining a solid fan base in Music City. In addition, her song “Rutinas” sky-rocketed to #1 in Spain.
“I think I’d be quite unbalanced if I wasn’t able to write songs,” muses Jay. “I’ve always believed that I am incredibly fortunate to be able to express feelings and emotions through music. It is an essential part of my make-up and truly a gift. My hope for my music is that whoever it may come across in the world, is that it emotes them in some way.”

Discography

FACT SHEET

• Jay’s song, “Rutinas,” bumped Madonna from the #1 position on the Spanish singles chart late last year. The single was performed by multi-platinum Latin singing sensation Chenoa.

• Jay is signed to THIS MUSIC/ WARNER CHAPPELL Music Publishing.

• She currently has 5 song holds for Reba as well as 1 hold for Kelly Clarkson.

• Jay opened for INXS on the legendary band’s Australian tour run 2001.

• Jay was a backing vocalist on the arena tours for INXS and Sir Tim Rice 2000.

• Jay’s music has appeared in ABC’s “Lost,” the UK’s “Home & Away,” and Australia’s “All Saints.”

• In the last year, Jay has collaborated with the likes of Shawn Colvin, Josh Leo, Dave Berg, John Bettis, Kim Carnes, Mike Reid, Bobby Pinson, Tim Nichols, Connie Harrington, and Shaye Smith but to name a few.

• She has previously worked with Billy Steinberg (Madonna, Celine Dion, Cher), Tore Johanson (The Cardigans, Franz Ferdinand), Andrew Farris (INXS) and Andrew Powell (producer of Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush) .

• The Adelaide, Australia native is a world traveler. She has performed in venues in London, Sydney, LA, NYC, Romania, Indonesia, Italy, Dubai and Nashville.

• Jay has shared the stage with Sheryl Crow, Hall & Oates, and Vonda Shepherd.

• She has performed alongside Christina Aguilera, Diana Ross, and Tom Jones at international song festivals in Europe.

• Jay is the winner of the Australian Open Singing Championships (first prize $75,000.00), 1999. She placed second and third consecutively leading up to her win.

• Jay placed 3rd in the WORLD at the Golden Stag Song Competition live performance finals in Romania.

• While in high school, Jay was a member of the Australian Drill Dance Team and performed at the military tattoo at Edinburgh Castle as part of the annual month-long festival there and also at London’s royal tournament whilst on tour.

• Jay O’Shea currently performs at 6:00 pm each Wednesday at the Blue Bar (1911 Broadway) in Nashville.

Set List

60 minutes of originals