Jamie O'Neal (born 3 June 1966) is an Australian country singer and songwriter.
Jamie O'Neal performing in 2007
|Birth name||Jamie Murphy|
|Born||3 June 1966|
|Associated acts||Kylie Minogue|
In 2000, O'Neal released her first studio album, Shiver. The album included the back-to-back number one singles "There Is No Arizona" and "When I Think About Angels". Two other singles were released: the title track, which reached No. 21 on the country charts, and "Frantic", which reached No. 41 in 2002. Since then, she has released her second studio album, Brave, in 2005. Her third studio album, Eternal, was released on 27 May 2014.
She was born Jamie Murphy in Sydney, Australia, to parents Jimmy and Julie Murphy, who were also professional musicians. She, her parents, and her younger sister, Samantha, sang in The Murphy Family band in the 1970s until her parents divorced. In the early part of her adult career she was a backing singer in Australia, appearing on Kylie Minogue's Enjoy Yourself Tour of Australia, UK, Europe and Far East Asia in 1990. She rejoined Minogue in 1991 for the Let's Get To It Tour of the UK and Ireland.
2000–2003: Shiver and On My Way to YouEdit
O'Neal was signed to Mercury Nashville in 2000, and soon after she began to work on her first album. Her first single, "There Is No Arizona", debuted at No. 69 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, reaching number one in February 2001. On 31 October 2000, Shiver, was released. The album charted to No. 14 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and No. 125 on the Billboard 200.
A second single, "When I Think About Angels", debuted at No. 45 on the country charts for the week of 31 March 2001. It spent several weeks on the charts, reaching number one in August 2001. Following the success of the album's first two singles, Shiver was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Two additional singles followed: "Shiver" (the title track) and "Frantic", which reached No. 21 and No. 41 on the charts, respectively.
Also in 2001, the motion picture Bridget Jones's Diary featured a cover version of All by Myself performed by Jamie O'Neal showing actress Renée Zellweger singing to it in the famous pajamas scene.
In 2002, she and the country singer Mark Wills recorded a duet together, titled "I'm Not Gonna Do Anything Without You". It was released as the second single from Wills' album Loving Every Minute. The song only reached No. 31 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
O'Neal's fifth single, "Every Little Thing", was the first single from what was to be her second studio album, On My Way to You. However, the song only managed to reach No. 34 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, and the album was never released. Shortly thereafter, O'Neal and Mercury parted ways.
2004–2007: Brave and "God Don't Make Mistakes"Edit
After leaving Mercury, O'Neal signed to Capitol Nashville. Her first single for the label, "Trying to Find Atlantis", was released on 27 September 2004. It reached No. 18 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The song was the lead-off to Brave, which was released on 1 March 2005. It proved to be a bigger success on the albums chart, reaching No. 6 on the Top Country Albums chart.
"Somebody's Hero" was released in 2005 as the second single and reached No. 3 on the Hot Country Songs chart, giving O'Neal her first Top 10 single since 2001. The final single, "I Love My Life", failed to make the Top 20, reaching only to No. 26.
In early 2007, a new single, "God Don't Make Mistakes", was released. The single failed to make an impact at country radio, where it only reached No. 47, her lowest chart single at the time. After the song was never included on an album, O'Neal and Capitol parted ways.
2008–2010: Like a WomanEdit
A new single, "Like a Woman", was released in November 2008; it debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at No. 59. The song was initially intended to be the lead-off single to O'Neal's third studio album, Like a Woman. The single only managed to peak at No. 43 on the country charts. A second single, "A Soldier Comin' Home", was released in June 2009 but failed to chart. No further singles were promoted to radio and Like a Woman was not released.
2011–present: starting a record labelEdit
O'Neal announced in early 2012 that she had established her own record label, Momentum Label Group. The label's flagship artist is Rachele Lynae, who released her first single, "Party 'Til the Cows Come Home", in March 2012.
Jamie toured North American in 2017 while recording a new album.
Since 2000, Jamie O'Neal has been married to Rodney Good, who is a songwriter, record producer, engineer, and guitarist in O'Neal's road band. They have one daughter, Aliyah, born in 2003.
|Jamie O'Neal discography|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2000||"There Is No Arizona"||1||40||Shiver|
|2001||"When I Think About Angels"||1||35|
|2003||"Every Little Thing"||34||—||On My Way to You (unreleased)|
|2004||"Trying to Find Atlantis"||18||86||Brave|
|"I Love My Life"||26||—|
|2007||"God Don't Make Mistakes"||47||—||N/A|
|2008||"Like a Woman"||43||—||Like a Woman (unreleased)|
|2009||"Soldier Comin' Home"||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Artist||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2001||"America the Beautiful"||Various artists||58||N/A|
|2002||"I'm Not Gonna Do Anything Without You"||Mark Wills||31||Loving Every Minute|
|2016||"Like I Do"||Erica Nicole||—||N/A|
|2000||"There Is No Arizona"||Lawrence Carroll|
|2001||"When I Think About Angels"||Trey Fanjoy|
|"America the Beautiful"||Marc Ball|
|2004||"Trying to Find Atlantis"||Randee St. Nicholas|
|2005||"Does He Love You" (with Carrie Underwood)
(live from CMT's Greatest Duets)
|"Somebody's Hero"||Trey Fanjoy|
|2007||"God Don't Make Mistakes"||Kristin Barlowe|
|2009||"Like a Woman"||Trey Fanjoy|
|2014||"Wide Awake"||Jimmy Murphy|
- "Jamie O'Neal, Capitol Nashville part ways". Country Music Television. 5 July 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
- "Country labels keep rosters full despite album sales dip". Country Music Television. 8 April 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
- "Rebecca Lynn Howard, Jamie O'Neal sign with independent labels". Country Music Television. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
- "CMT : Videos : Jamie O'Neal : Wide Awake". Country Music Television. Retrieved 30 May 2014.