Jamie O'Neal

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Jamie O'Neal
Jamie O'Neal performing in 2007
Jamie O'Neal performing in 2007
Background information
Birth nameJamie Murphy
Born (1968-06-03) 3 June 1968 (age 55)
OriginSydney, Australia
Years active2000–present
LabelsMercury Nashville
Capitol Nashville
1720 Entertainment

Jamie O'Neal (born 3 June 1968) is an Australian country music singer and songwriter.

In 2000, O'Neal released her first studio album, Shiver. The album included the back-to-back number one singles "There Is No Arizona" and "When I Think About Angels". Two other singles were released: the title track, which reached No. 21 on the country charts, and "Frantic", which reached No. 41 in 2002. She released her second studio album, Brave, in 2005. Her third studio album, Eternal, was released on 27 May 2014.

Early life[edit]

O'Neal was born Jamie Murphy in Sydney, to parents Jimmy and Julie Murphy, who were also professional musicians. She, her parents, and her younger sister, Samantha, sang in The Murphy Family band in the 1970s until her parents divorced. In the early part of her adult career she was a backing singer in Australia, appearing on Kylie Minogue's Enjoy Yourself Tour of Australia, UK, Europe and Far East Asia in 1990. She rejoined Minogue in 1991 for the Let's Get To It Tour of the UK and Ireland.[1]

Music career[edit]

2000–2003: Shiver and Brave[edit]

O'Neal was signed to Mercury Nashville in 2000, and soon began to work on her first album. Her first single, "There Is No Arizona", debuted at No. 69 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, reaching number one in February 2001. On 31 October 2000, Shiver, was released. The album charted to No. 14 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and No. 125 on the Billboard 200.

A second single, "When I Think About Angels", debuted at No. 45 on the country charts for the week of 31 March 2001. It spent several weeks on the charts, reaching number one in August 2001. Following the success of the album's first two singles, Shiver was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Two additional singles followed: "Shiver" (the title track) and "Frantic", which reached No. 21 and No. 41 on the charts, respectively.[2]

Also in 2001, the motion picture Bridget Jones's Diary featured a cover version of "All by Myself" performed by Jamie O'Neal,[3] showing actress Renée Zellweger singing to it in the famous pajamas scene.

In 2002, O'Neal and the country singer Mark Wills recorded a duet together, titled "I'm Not Gonna Do Anything Without You". It was released as the second single from Wills' album Loving Every Minute. The song only reached No. 31 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

O'Neal's fifth single, "Every Little Thing", was the first from what was to be her second studio album, On My Way to You. However, the song only managed to reach No. 34 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, and the album was never released. Shortly thereafter, O'Neal and Mercury parted ways. O'Neal went on to sign to Capitol Records and released the album Brave.

2004–2007: Brave and "God Don't Make Mistakes"[edit]

O'Neal at the Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez, California

After leaving Mercury, O'Neal signed to Capitol Nashville. Her first single for the label, "Trying to Find Atlantis", was released on 27 September 2004. It reached No. 18 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The song was the lead-off to Brave, which was released on 1 March 2005. It proved to be a bigger success on the albums chart, reaching No. 6 on the Top Country Albums chart.

"Somebody's Hero" was released in 2005 as the second single and reached No. 3 on the Hot Country Songs chart, giving O'Neal her first Top 10 single since 2001. The final single, "I Love My Life", failed to make the Top 20, reaching only No. 26.

In early 2007, a new single, "God Don't Make Mistakes", was released. The single failed to make an impact at country radio, where it only reached No. 47, her lowest chart single at the time. After the song was never included on an album, O'Neal and Capitol parted ways.[4]

2008–2010: Like a Woman[edit]

In early 2008, O'Neal signed with the Atlanta-Nashville based record label 1720 Entertainment.[5][6]

A new single, "Like a Woman", was released in November 2008; it debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at No. 59. The song was initially intended to be the lead-off single to O'Neal's third studio album, Like a Woman. The single only managed to peak at No. 43 on the country charts. A second single, "A Soldier Comin' Home", was released in June 2009 but failed to chart. No further singles were promoted to radio and Like a Woman was not released.[7]

2011–present: starting a record label[edit]

O'Neal announced in early 2012 that she had established her own record label, Momentum Label Group.[8] The label's flagship artist is Rachele Lynae, who released her first single, "Party 'Til the Cows Come Home", in March 2012.

O'Neal signed to Shanachie Records in 2014 and released Eternal on 27 May 2014. Except for the original song "Wide Awake", the album is composed of cover songs.[9]

O'Neal toured North American in 2017 while recording a new album.

In 2020, she signed to Bob Frank Entertainment/Audium Records and released her fourth studio album, Sometimes, which features duets with Lauren Alaina, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, John Paul White and O'Neal's daughter Aliyah Good.

In 2022, she released her first Christmas album, Spirit & Joy, on Audium Nashville Records.

Personal life[edit]

Since 2000, O'Neal has been married to Rodney Good, who is a songwriter, record producer, engineer, and guitarist in O'Neal's road band. They have one daughter, Aliyah Good, born in 2003.[10][11][12]


Jamie O'Neal discography
Studio albums5
Music videos11
No.1 Single2

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country US US
Shiver 14 125 2
Brave 6 40
  • Release date: 27 May 2014
  • Label: Shanachie Entertainment
  • Release date: 2 October 2020
  • Label: Bob Frank/The Orchard
Spirit & Joy
  • Release date: 21 October 2022
  • Label: Audium Nashville
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart
US Country US
2000 "There Is No Arizona" 1 40 Shiver
2001 "When I Think About Angels" 1 35
"Shiver" 21
2002 "Frantic" 41
2003 "Every Little Thing" 34 On My Way to You (unreleased)
2004 "Trying to Find Atlantis" 18 86 Brave
2005 "Somebody's Hero" 3 51
"I Love My Life" 26
2007 "God Don't Make Mistakes" 47
2008 "Like a Woman" 43 Like a Woman (unreleased)
2009 "Soldier Comin' Home"
2014 "Wide Awake" Eternal
2020 "Wreck Me"[13] Sometimes
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak chart positions Album
US Country
2001 "America the Beautiful" Various artists 58
2002 "I'm Not Gonna Do Anything Without You" Mark Wills 31 Loving Every Minute
2016 "Like I Do" Erica Nicole

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2000 "There Is No Arizona" Lawrence Carroll
2001 "When I Think About Angels" Trey Fanjoy
"America the Beautiful" Marc Ball
"Shiver" Thom Oliphant
2002 "Frantic" Keech Rainwater
2004 "Trying to Find Atlantis" Randee St. Nicholas
2005 "Does He Love You" (with Carrie Underwood)
(live from CMT's Greatest Duets)
Ryan Polito
"Somebody's Hero" Trey Fanjoy
2007 "God Don't Make Mistakes" Kristin Barlowe
2009 "Like a Woman" Trey Fanjoy
2014 "Wide Awake"[14] Jimmy Murphy

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Nominee/Work Result
2001 Academy of Country Music Awards Top New Female Vocalist Jamie O'Neal Won
Single Record of the Year "There Is No Arizona" Nominated
Country Music Association Awards Horizon Award Jamie O'Neal Nominated
Video of the Year "There Is No Arizona" Nominated
2002 American Music Awards Favorite Country New Artist Jamie O'Neal Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Female Country Vocal Performance "There Is No Arizona" Nominated
Best Country Song Nominated
"When I Think About Angels" Nominated


  1. ^ "Jamie O'Neal on Apple Music". Music.apple.com.
  2. ^ "Jamie O'Neal". Jamieoneal.com.
  3. ^ "Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) – IMDb" – via www.imdb.com.
  4. ^ "Jamie O'Neal, Capitol Nashville part ways". Country Music Television. 5 July 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
  5. ^ "Country labels keep rosters full despite album sales dip". Country Music Television. 8 April 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
  6. ^ "Rebecca Lynn Howard, Jamie O'Neal sign with independent labels". Country Music Television. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
  7. ^ Cooper, Peter. "Jamie O'Neal wants 'Eternal' truths". The Tennessean.
  8. ^ "Jamie O'Neal Makes Music Her Own Way with New Record Label | Country Music Tattle Tale". countrymusictattletale.com. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  9. ^ "Jamie O'Neal Returns With 'Eternal,' First Album In 9 Years". Billboard.com. 23 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Nash Country Daily". Nash Country Daily.
  11. ^ "Musician Spotlight: Rodney Good". Countrymusiconline.net.
  12. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Jamie O'Neal". People.com.
  13. ^ a b "Jamie O'Neal Releases "Wreck Me" from Upcoming Album Sometimes". Country Music Tattle Tale. 19 July 2020. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  14. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jamie O'Neal : Wide Awake". Country Music Television. Retrieved 30 May 2014.

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