O'Connor performing in 2014 opening for Justin Townes Earle
|Birth name||Nora O'Connor|
|Also known as||Nora O'Connor Kean|
|Associated acts||The Blacks, Robbie Fulks, Andrew Bird|
Nora O’Connor is a Chicago-based musician whose vocal talents are the secret weapon behind some of the city’s best performances and recordings. For much of 2013, O'Connor toured internationally as a singer in Iron and Wine, and she continues to record and perform with longtime collaborator, Andrew Bird. O'Connor also plays bass and sings back-up for Kelly Hogan (supporting Hogan's release "I Like To Keep Myself In Pain" on ANTI- Records) and in 2010, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy enlisted O'Connor and Hogan as primary vocalists on gospel legend Mavis Staples’ Grammy Award-winning album “You Are Not Alone.” In the studio and on the stage, O'Connor has backed (among others) Neko Case, Jakob Dylan, The New Pornographers, Archer Prewitt, Hushdrops, Justin Roberts and Robbie Fulks. Though she may be primarily known for her signature honey-sweet vocals, O'Connor is also revered among her musician peers for her chops and versatility. She's a solid sender on guitar and bass, an enthusiastic and inspired collaborator, and always ninja-nimble and professional to a T -- just a few of the reasons why this lady's phone never stops ringing.
Her first solo CD on Bloodshot Records, Til the dawn, was released on August 24, 2004. However, an earlier CD, the very rare "Cerulean Blue" was released by Uncommon Ground Coffeehouse in Chicago.
In the mid-1990s, she formed the Nora O'Connor Band, with herself on lead vocals and guitar, Lisa Wertman Crowe on bass and vocals, Tony Ventura on guitar and Mark Cameron on drums.
She has two sons, and lives in Evanston, Illinois.
- Cerulean Blue (1996, Uncommon Ground)
- Til the Dawn (2004, Bloodshot Records)
- Dolly Horrorshow (1998, Bloodshot)
- Just Like Home (2000, Bloodshot)
- In Sickness and Health EP (2010, 6-song digital download, Bloodshot)
- Happy – Robbie Fulks (2010, Yep Roc)
- You Are Not Alone – Mavis Staples (2010, ANTI-)
- Tomorrow – Hushdrops
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- Nora O'Connor's homepage
- Nora O'Connor's Myspace site
- Bio @ Bloodshot Records
- Nora O'Connor at AllMusic
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