- "Meant To Be" (M.O'Shea/J.O'Shea) / O'Shea 2011
Australian singer/songwriter Mark O'Shea signed his first record deal at the age of 17. At 18 he released his debut album, 1996's None of the Above, a diverse, mostly self-penned mix of rock, country, and blues that spawned a number one hit with "World Weary Heart." His debut album earned Mark two Golden Guitar awards for Best New Talent and Best Video from the CMAA.
With his homeland successfully conquered, O'Shea spent the dawn of his twenties on the road, opening for the likes of Trisha Yearwood, Keith Urban, and John Farnham. He also began acting, starring in various Aussie television programs, but music continued to be his preferred muse. At 21 he formed the group Zinc with brother John and released Makingsenseofmadness, which found success on both the Music Network and ARIA charts. O'Shea eventually took a break from the band and moved to Nashville, where he began work on a new solo record.
Married to Australian singer/songwriter Jay O’Shea, the couple now perform as a duo and have planted roots in Music City. Together, Mark and Jay make a highly dynamic duo—and they’re just getting started. O’Shea’s spontaneous, fun-filled shows, eclectic style, and unpredictable set lists spanning Aretha Franklin, Sting, Dolly Parton and everything in between, have helped them cultivate a loyal fan following. Since appearing on Can You Duet, O’Shea has continued to pack out the venue, where they recorded their current EP Live At The Blue Bar Version 2.0, while also traveling the States to open for Phil Vassar, Jimmy Wayne, Sara Evans and the Oak Ridge Boys to name a few.
Both continue to write songs individually and as a duo, co-writing with hit-makers Dave Berg, Tim Nichols, The Warren Brothers, and Shawn Colvin, and they have recently scored cuts by such up-and-coming artists as Emma Mae Jacob and Dan Evans.
“I love how creative this community is here, and I feel like I can’t really get that anywhere else in the world,” Jay says. “The road had been winding,” Mark adds, “but always leading to Nashville.”