Jamie O'Hara (singer)

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Jamie O'Hara
Birth nameJames Paul O'Hara
Born (1950-08-08) August 8, 1950 (age 68)
OriginToledo, Ohio, United States
Years active1986–2001, 2012–present
LabelsColumbia Nashville, RCA Nashville, Valley
Associated actsGary Allan
The Judds
The O'Kanes

James Paul "Jamie" O'Hara (born August 8, 1950 in Toledo, Ohio) is an American country music artist. Between 1986 and 1990, he and Kieran Kane comprised The O'Kanes, a duo which charted seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts, including the Number One single "Can't Stop My Heart from Loving You". After The O'Kanes disbanded in 1990, both O'Hara and Kane recorded solo albums of their own. In addition, O'Hara has continued writing songs for other country music artists.[1]


Jamie O'Hara was born on August 8, 1950 in Toledo, Ohio where he attended Ottawa Hills High School (Ohio) and played Varsity Football. He had initially planned to pursue a career in American football, but after a career-ending knee injury, O'Hara shifted his focus to singing and songwriting.[2] By 1975, he had moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he was signed to a publishing contract. Among the songs that he composed throughout the 1980s was "Older Women", a number one single for Ronnie McDowell.[1]

The O'Kanes[edit]

Kieran Kane, another songwriter who worked for the same publishing company, first collaborated with O'Hara on a song entitled "Bluegrass Blues", eventually recorded by The Judds.[2] Afterwards, the two began writing more songs together; by 1986, they decided to form a duo known as The O'Kanes. The same year, O'Hara wrote "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)", which was also recorded by The Judds; in addition to becoming a number one single on the country music charts, this song earned him a Grammy Award for Best Country Song.[3][4]

Signed to Columbia Nashville in 1986, The O'Kanes recorded three studio albums for the label, in addition to charting seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. Their third album failed to produce any singles and by 1990, the duo parted ways, with both members assuming solo careers.

Return to solo career[edit]

O'Hara recorded a solo album for RCA Nashville in 1994. His only album for the label, Rise Above It, was issued that year, followed by a second album entitled Beautiful Obsession seven years later. In addition, O'Hara continued to write songs for other artists, including cuts by Shelby Lynne, Gary Allan, and Trisha Yearwood.[1]



Title Details
Rise Above It
Beautiful Obsession
  • Release date: September 25, 2001
  • Label: Valley Records
Dream Hymns
  • Release Date: July 5, 2012[5]
  • Label: The 18th Wave


Year Single Album
1993 "What's a Good Ol' Boy to Do" Rise Above It
1994 "The Cold Hard Truth"
"It Ain't Over (Til Your Heart Says It's Over)"
"50,000 Names"

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1993 "What's a Good Ol' Boy to Do"[6] Bubba Crigler
1994 "The Cold Hard Truth"[7] Brent Hedgecock
"It Ain't Over (Til Your Heart Says It's Over)"[8]
"50,000 Names"[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Jamie O'Hara biography". Oldies.com. Retrieved 2007-12-19.
  2. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny. "Jamie O'Hara Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-12-19.
  3. ^ "Grammys - Previous Winners - Best Country Song". About.com. Retrieved 2007-12-19.
  4. ^ "Jamie O'Hara > Charts & Awards > Grammy Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-12-19.
  5. ^ [www://jamieoharamusic.com Official Website]
  6. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jamie O'Hara : What's A Good Ol' Boy To Do". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  7. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jamie O'Hara : The Cold Hard Truth". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  8. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jamie O'Hara : It Ain't Over (Til Your Heart Says It's Over)". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  9. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jamie O'Hara : 50,000 Names". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 29, 2011.