by S. Parks

As we walked through a giant music mural into Nashville’s historic 12th and Porter, the air was filled with anticipation, the room with music celebrities and the stage with perfectly placed top notch musicians.  

This global award-winning duet is known for making an entrance and this would be no exception.  At long last, Mark and Jay O’Shea walked onto the stage and the showcase went off like a box of lit sparklers as they sang about doing it “Old School”, radiating timeless vim and verve.  

As always, Jay floored us with her unpretentious diva’s soulful country vocals and Mark swept us back up with his guitar prowess and the showmanship of a country rocker while their supernatural harmonies made us realize that this is the real thing, that elusive “thing” that thousands of artists strive to be but few achieve.  We felt privileged to be a part of this stunning performance.

After “Be with You”, “Never Goes Away” and Jay's voicing of "Empty", she recounted Mark’s heart surgery and when he heard her praying “thank you angels” as he awoke.  His first words were “That’s a great song title,” and so it became.  We joined them in thanking the angels for the song and O‘Shea.  A powerful medley of “Nine to Five”, “Heartache Tonight”, “Stand by your Man” and “Respect”, as only Jay can belt  (we still love you, Aretha), was their parting treat.

The merging of these two exceptionally talented musicians and hit songwriters in the bond of matrimony was, as they say, a match made in Heaven.  With two daughters and planet hopping between their Australian and Music City homes as they gather O’Shea fans, awards and number one songs, these Sony Music Australia stars fully appreciate life’s every moment and back that up with memorable melodies and lyrics.  Favorites “Every Day is a Good Day”, “The Swimming Song”,  “When the Girls Get Together”, “Smash” and “Meant to Be” verify the joy at their foundation.  

After four #1 country singles off  “Mr. and Mrs.”, this debut album set the ball rolling.  Then came “O’Shea USA”, their television show on Foxtell, a sold-out tour with Sir Cliff Richard and their latest contribution to classic music with character, “One + One”, produced by Mark Moffat.  We will eagerly line up to watch the couple climb even higher on the charts and in our hearts….....by S. Parks

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