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1720 Entertainment signs Jamie O'Neal

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 – Jamie O'Neal signed with 1720 Entertainment to their Nashville roster. A new single is expected to be released in early summer, with an album to follow in the fall. O'Neal most recently had been on Capitol and started her career on Mercury.

"I'm so excited about this new phase in my career," says O'Neal. "1720 is one of the most innovative and creative companies to hit Nashville, and I'm thrilled to be partnering with them."

O'Neal went gold with her first album, 2000's "Shiver." She earned three Grammy nods in 2002. The first single, "There Is No Arizona," went to number one on the charts, and she followed up with another chart topper with the self-penned, "When I Think About Angels." That same year, the ACM named her the Top New Female Vocalist.

O'Neal split with Mercury after her debut and later surfaced on Capitol Nashville. In 2005, O'Neal released her second album "Brave," which spawned 2 additional singles, "Trying To Find Atlantis" and "Somebody's Hero."

As a songwriter, O'Neal has had songs recorded by LeAnn Rimes, CeCe Winans and Martina McBride. She has had songs on the soundtracks of Bridget Jones' Diary, When We Were Soldiers and ABC's hit series, Desperate Housewives.

1720 Entertainment was established in 2004 by Johnson. The company based in Atlanta, opened its Nashville office in 2007. O'Neal joins rising country star Rissi Palmer on the Nashville roster.

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Eternal CD review - Eternal
Jamie O'Neal's latest disc, only her third, is a surprise. First and most important is the music itself, which is comprised of country classics except for the closing song. One would not have expected that from a singer considered part of the pop country school. Second, O'Neal is one of those singers who seemingly disappeared for good after early success. She scored two number ones right out of the chute in 2000 with the poppy "There is No Arizona" and "When I Think About Angels. »»»
Brave CD review - Brave
It's been four years since Jamie O'Neal's debut album, "Shiver," brought the native Australian three Grammy nominations and Best New Artist of awards from Billboard and the Academy of Country Music. Newly signed to Capitol, O'Neal kicks off her second album, in overdrive with the single "Tying to Find Atlantis." The fiddle and drum-powered country rocker is a showcase for her breathy, in-your-face vocals. She follows with "Na+ve," a mid-tempo, '80s-style pop tune, "Somebody's Hero," a heartfelt »»»
Shiver
Australian-born and a veteran of the road with her family's band The Murphys, Jamie O'Neal has also done time singing backup for Kylie Minogue and writting songs for Chely Wright, Clay Davidson and Tammy Cochran. Her own voice has taken a while to be heard, but with this debut CD, her sultry, soulful vocals are now front and center. Dolly Parton's '70's era pop-country is a natural reference to O'Neal's music, and she even reveals a bit of a Dolly-esque warble on songs like "Frantic. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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