O'Neal's Brave New World
By Crystal Caviness
name and the voice are the same, but most everything else about
Jamie O'Neal has changed since No. 1 hits "There Is No
Arizona" and "When I Think About Angels" were
standard radio fare in 2001.
kind of feels like I'm starting over, in a way. It all feels
really new and exciting," O'Neal said about the activity
surrounding her new album, Brave, released March 1 on
Capitol Records Nashville.
album's first single "Trying To Find Atlantis,"
written by Zach Turner and Chris Waters, made its way to the Top
15 of the Country charts and you can watch her perform it live
on the "Emeril Live" show on May 22 on the Food
Network. Her second single, "Somebody's Hero,"
written by O'Neal, Ed Hill and Shaye Smith, is on the airwaves
now and the video is set to world premiere on CMT on April
28. O'Neal is also featured on the May covers of Woman's
World magazine and Nashville Lifestyles. Also,
O'Neal and her mom will be featured in the May 9 issue of Country
Weekly and the May/June issue of CMT Country Music
was indeed a new Country Music artist when Mercury Nashville
released her debut project Shiver in 2001. The
Australian-born singer who had been singing professionally with
her parents since she was 8 - including a stint singing back up
with Australian singer Kylie Minogue - quickly carved out a
niche with cleverly written songs and an ever-growing fan base.
Shiver sold more than 500,000 copies and "There Is No
Arizona" and "When I Think About Angels" garnered
GRAMMY nominations for O'Neal in 2002 and 2001 CMA Music Video
of the Year and Horizon Award nominations.
and awards ensued as O'Neal found her career building with a
momentum enviable to any new artist. Life was good and about to
who had married singer-songwriter Rodney Good in 2000 while
recording Shiver, gave birth to the couple's first
child, daughter Aliyah, in 2003.
stepped away from her full-tilt music career to focus on
motherhood for the remainder of 2003 and into 2004. During this
period, she also changed record labels.
jumped at the opportunity to bring Jamie into the Capitol
family," said Mike Dungan, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Capitol Records Nashville. "It's obvious that she
is a world class vocalist and performer, but what's sometimes
forgotten about Jamie is that she's a great songwriter. And
since she has become a wife and a mother, her writing has taken
on a whole new twist - she loves her life and it comes
through in the songs and performances on Brave. Think
of it - we have an adult woman singing songs about the life of
an adult woman. And our listening audience and buying
consumer are to the largest extent adult women - what a
in motherhood while writing for the new project, Brave,
produced by Keith Stegall and co-produced by Rivers Rutherford
and O'Neal, reflects the singer's new passion.
"The last album had a lot of love songs. This album is more
about real life - songs about motherhood and life and my
girlfriends. I write about women and I think about women when I
write my songs," O'Neal said.
wrote the second single, "Somebody's Hero," with some
specific women in mind.
"I had been saying to all my co-writers, 'I really want to
write about family. I really want to write about my little
girl.' And the thing for me was, when you have a baby you start
thinking about your own relationship with your mother. And when
you were little, how much you looked up to them and then you
move to, 'Gosh, my baby looks up to me so much. I don't want to
let her down. I want to be a hero to her.' That's probably the
most important song on the album to me," she said.
said the title track also has significance for her.
really signifies a time in my life when I was really happy
personally but really unhappy professionally," O'Neal said.
"I went through a really dark time and had a lot of
personal time to reflect and really find out who I was and what
I wanted to do and what my priorities were. I feel like a lot of
people in the world need to have faith and feel like they aren't
alone in the struggles we're having."
definitely is not alone these days while out on the road
entertainer travels with her husband, who is also her bandleader
and acoustic guitar player, her daughter and the family's
a challenge being on the road with a baby," she said.
"Kids love their routine. She loves being home. We try to
bring as much of her things with us as we can. She has more
luggage than we do."
is doing a full scale promotional tour, visiting Country radio
stations throughout the nation and also playing to select
industry and media audiences in New York and Los Angeles,
activities the singer bypassed when Shiver was
released. She also has a full calendar of performances lined up
through the spring and summer including appearing at CMA Music
O'Neal is scheduled to appear at 2005 CMA Music Festival that
takes place in Downtown Nashville, Thursday - Sunday, June 9-12.
Four-day ticket packages for CMA Music Festival are on sale now.
Packages are divided into four categories, based on the level of
reserved seating at The Coliseum. Ticket packages include the
Nightly Concerts at The Coliseum; Daily Concerts at Greased
Lightning® Daytime Stages; daily admittance to the Wrangler®
Fan Fair (Exhibit Hall) featuring the Acoustic Corner; Bush's®
Baked Beans Family Zone; Fun Zone; Sports Zone and performance
stage; CMA Music Festival After HoursT; free in-town shuttles;
the CMA Music Festival Program Book; CMA Music Festival pin; and
Four-day ticket packages are easy to purchase. Order over the
phone by calling toll-free, 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378); visit www.CMAfest.com
to download an order form to fax or mail; visit www.Ticketmaster.com
to buy online or charge-by-phone at (615) 255-9600. Prices do
not include applicable handling fees. Ticket prices are subject
to change without notice. Order early for the best available
reserved seat at The Coliseum. All sales are final and
For up-to-the-minute information about tickets, travel
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Producer of CMA Music Festival. MJI Programming, a division of
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Promotional partners include Bush's® Baked Beans, Crisco®,
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O'Neal, thankful for the fan base she already has established,
wants to reach even more people with the new album.
we will get a wider audience this time and make an impact with
the songs," she said. "I want to make a
the Web: www.jamieoneal.com
2005 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.