Jamie O誰eal - ChristianMusic.com


About Jamie O’Neal

Born Jamie Murphy on 3 June 1968, in Sydney, Australia, Jamie O’Neal grew up with a microphone in her hand.

She exploded onto the music scene in 2000 with the release of her first album, Shiver on Mercury Records. The first single, "There Is No Arizona" went to #1 on the charts and set a high standard for herself as both singer and songwriter.

O'Neal's second release, the self-penned “When I Think About Angels” also went to #1 securing her spot as one of the industry’s most sought after performers.


Both titles earned her Grammy nominations as a songwriter for Country Song of the Year. In addition, " Arizona ” brought a third Grammy nod for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. The Academy of Country Music named her the Top New Female Vocalist; Radio & Records awarded her with the #1 Most Valuable Female Country Artist and #1 Most Valuable New Country Artist. Jamie O'Neal has also taken honors for Billboard’s Top New Country Artist and Gavin’s Top Country Artist.

Jamie quickly became known as one of the industry’s most prolific songwriters and a premiere powerhouse vocalist. O’Neal writes songs with heart and intelligence and delivers them with a style all her own in what music critic, Alana Nash, described as "a Ferrari of a voice.”

In addition to writing for her own projects, Jamie O’Neal has songs on albums by gospel recording artist CeCe Winans and LeAnn Rimes, wrote country superstar Martina McBride’s hit “How Far” and penned a song for the soundtrack for ABC’s hit series Desperate Housewives.

Her impressive list of vocal credits include jingles for such national brands as Dr. Pepper, Ford, Kraft and Toyota; voice-overs for Chevrolet and General Mills and songs on the soundtracks of Bridget Jones's Diary and When We Were Soldiers.


After living in Nashville twice before, the third time was the charm. O’Neal moved for good in 1996. The city brought the first recording contract, the first album and her husband, Rodney Good. The couple married in August 2000, barely two months before the release of Jamie's first album, Shiver.

In 2005 Jamie released her second album Brave on Capitol Records which spawned two additional chart toppers, “Trying to Find Atlantis” and “Somebody’s Hero.” She has seven videos to her credit and has appeared on many television shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, hosted GAC cable network’s Top 20 Countdown, Mothers Day and Memorial Days Specials along with making numerous appearances on the Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards, Country Music Television Awards, CNN and MSNBC’s Entertainment Hot List.

In the early months of 2008, O'Neal signed with record label 1720 Entertainment. A new single, "Like a Woman", was released in November, where it debuted at #59 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The single is the lead-off single from her third official album of the same name tentatively to be released in 2009.

Through it all, she has shared the journey and the art that grows out of it with a loyal cadre of fans.

"Growing as a person and as a writer," she says, "then taking a step back and only recording the songs that I absolutely believe in a hundred percent keeps me connected and gives me a sound people recognize as distinctively mine.”


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