O'Shea (band)

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O'Shea at CMA Music Festival, 2010
Background information
Genres Country
Labels Trauma
Associated acts Zinc
Website therealoshea.com
Members Jay O'Shea
Mark O'Shea

O’Shea is a country music duo formed by husband and wife team Mark O’Shea (born 16 February 1977) and Jay O’Shea (nee Smith). Since relocating to Nashville, TN in 2007, the duo has seen success not only as artists, but also as songwriters, and finalists in the Country Music Television series "Can You Duet".[1]

Early Careers[edit]

Individually Mark and Jay have both seen success as independent artists as their career has taken them across the globe. Originally from Dalby, Queensland Mark had begun his musical career at an early age by winning the Gympie Music Muster talent competition which led to a record deal he signed at age 17. His debut album earned Mark two Golden Guitar awards from the CMAA for Best New Talent of the Year (1996) for the track “The Swimming Song”[2] and Best Video (1997) for video “The Dreamer”.[3] Eventually Mark left his solo career to form rock/pop group Zinc that signed with Los Angeles based label, Trauma. The band’s first single released in Australia “The Morning After” (co-written with Mark Hudson) reached No. 22 on the ARIA charts (2004).[4] In 2006, Mark toured as a guitarist for artist Ronn Moss and also had his own song “When We Kissed” recorded and released on Moss’ “Uncovered” album in 2005.[5]

In addition to her musical endeavors, Jay also toured the UK and Europe with the Australian Dance-Drill team at age 15.[6][7] In 2003 Jay signed her first publishing deal with Warner Chappell London. While working in London, Jay co-wrote “Rutinas” with Wendy Page and Jim Marr. It became the hit single on Chenoa's album Nada Es Igual and reached No. 1 on the Spanish Charts in 2005.

Forming O’Shea[edit]

In 2007, they moved to Nashville, Tennessee and began performing as a duo. O’Shea was soon travelling across the U.S. to open for artists Phil Vassar,[8][9] Jimmy Wayne, Sara Evans, and the Oak Ridge Boys.[10]

While working with Nashville-based Australian producer Mark Moffat the duo recorded the hit single “Old School”. The video for the single reached No. 7 on Australia’s Country Music Channel 2010.[11] The next single released, “Smash,” co-written with Kim Carnes, reached No. 1 on CMC’s Top 50 Video Countdown.[12] In 2011, O’Shea performed at CMC Rocks the Hunter and hosted the DVD coverage of the event.[13][14]

In 2010, the pair began hosting their own TV show called O’Shea USA which aired on Australia’s Country Music Channel (CMC).[15]

In 2011, the duo signed with Sony Australia to release their debut album Mr. and Mrs.[16] The album featured 11 tracks written/co-written by the duo alongside Nashville co-writers Dave Berg, Josh Leo, and Georgia Middleman. It debuted at No. 9 on the ARIA charts.[17]

O'Shea was awarded the 2012 CMAA New Talent of The Year Award.[18]

Their album One + One debuted at #3 on the ARIA Country Charts and cracked the top 30 on the all genre chart in 2013.[19]


In 2013, O'Shea supported the Australian tour by Cliff Richard.[20]


Award Category Artist Year
Golden Guitar Best New Talent Mark O'Shea 1996
Golden Guitar Best Video Mark O'Shea 1997
Golden Guitar Best New Talent O'Shea 2012



Song Title Recording Artist Album Songwriter Year
Rutinas Chenoa Nada Is Equal Jay O'Shea 2005
When We Kissed Ronn Moss Uncovered Mark O'Shea 2005
Good Thing Gone Dan Evans Goin' All Out Mark O'Shea 2008


Video Rank Year
Old School No. 7 on CMC 2010
Smash No. 1 on CMC 2011
Meant to Be No. 1 on CMC 2011
When The Girls Get Together No. 1 on CMC 2012
Everyday Is A Good Day No. 1 on CMC 2012
Swimming Song No. 7 on CMC 2012
Thank You Angels No. 1 on CMC 2013
Be With You Tonight No. - 2013


  1. ^ http://www.cmt.com/shows/series/can_you_duet/episodes.jhtml
  2. ^ http://www.country.com.au/winners-archive/53-1996
  3. ^ http://www.country.com.au/winners-archive/54-1997
  4. ^ Jones, Jennie (30 September 2004), "Zinc invades the airwaves - Band bids to break into pop music mainstream", Daily Telegraph
  5. ^ http://ronnmoss-uncovered.com/3/miscellaneous2.htm
  6. ^ http://www.addt.com.au/highligh.htm
  7. ^ http://iacmusic.com/artist.aspx?id=24124
  8. ^ http://www.hitcountry.tv/content/oshea-are-doin-it-old-school
  9. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDIbD-oW4S0
  10. ^ http://www.nashvillefm.nl/modules.php?name=News&file=print&sid=14008
  11. ^ (http://www.roughstock.com/blog/roughstock-exclusive-video-premier-o-shea-old-school-
  12. ^ http://twin-love.com/2011/04/19/oshea-goes-numba-1/
  13. ^ http://www.liveguide.com.au/Festivals/677298/CMC_Rocks_The_Hunter
  14. ^ http://www.musicchannels.com.au/Content/RocksTheHunter2011/press_releases/CMCRTH_Final_Lineup_Announced_Wed_01_Dec_10.pdf
  15. ^ http://countrymusictattletale.com/2010/10/10/digital-rodeo-produces-"o'shea-usa"-tv-series/
  16. ^ http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/95632/sony-music-entertainment-australia-signs-o-shea
  17. ^ "Aria Country Charts Oct. 2011". Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  18. ^ http://www.country.com.au/news/cmaa-news/772-golden-guitar-winners-announced
  19. ^ http://albertmusic.com/news/oshea-aria-chart-debut
  20. ^ http://www.jayweston.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/CLIFF-RICHARD-NATIONAL-TOUR-MEDIA-RELEASE-Support-acts.pdf
  21. ^ "Jayco Tamworth". Jayco Tamworth. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 

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