Jamie O'Neal Opens Up About New Album "Sometimes"
Music Update Central was honored to interview Jamie O'Neal on her upcoming album "Sometimes"(Interview by Aria Mae) . The album will be available October 16th on all platforms and listeners can pre-save and pre-order the album through this link.
Music Update Central: First off, I wanted to congratulate you on the anniversary of your debut album "Shiver"! It is such a big milestone and something I am sure you are proud of!
Jamie O'Neal: Thank You! I am really proud of it and so happy to have seen it age so well!
MUC: Absolutely! Jumping right in I first wanted to ask how the journey of creating this album started and what your favorite part of the creative process was?
JO: I've been making this album for the last year and a half. My favorite part in the whole process was hearing the duets with the outside artists come together. They all have such distinct voices and I have so much respect for all of them.
MUC: I was so impressed by the lineup of collaborators on this album! How did these duets come together?
JO: Well I sang with Lauren Alaina at the American Country Music Awards and knew I wanted to have her on the album with me. I've toured with Reba McEntire and Martina McBride and knew their voices are so unique as well. I wanted people on this record I knew could add their own piece to.
MUC: Do you have a favorite song on the album and if so, why is it your favorite?
JO: "Someone's Sometimes" with John Paul White is probably my favorite on the record. You instantly know who is singing when you hear his voice and that's so special. How the song came together was just really special.
MUC: What would you want listeners to take away from this album after listening?
JO: I really hope they fall in love with the new versions of the old hits. I hope my voice can be comforting to them during this time as well. Music is more healing to people now than it ever has been and listening to music creates a needed escape from the crazy world we are living in. I hope this album can be part of that.
MUC: Many artists have been hit hard by coronavirus, what has been the hardest challenge for you as an artist in this pandemic?
JO: It's hard, sometimes it feels like you’ll wake up and it will be over. It is a kind of nightmare that never seems to be ending but we have to look for silver linings. Some of my silver linings have been spending more time at home with my family and dogs. My dogs are very happy with all the extra attention they have been getting. The reality for artists is that we need to see fans and play shows and tour. It's a scary time for all of us and I can't wait to connect with everyone again.
MUC: You are a huge role model to many young women in the music industry and many people look up to you and your artistry. What is your advice for up and coming female artists to succeed in this industry?
JO: The most important thing is figuring out who you are instead of chasing what someone else has already done. Don’t try to be the next Taylor swift or the next Miranda Lambert. Learn from the people you admire but find what is uniquely yours to offer. Write songs about your unique experiences and what sets you apart. It can even be in little details like holding the mic and breathing techniques. Perfecting the craft is so important and so underestimated.
MUC: Thank you so much for this interview! I appreciate your time and thoughtful answers. I can't wait for the album to come out!
JO: Thank you!
About Jamie O'Neal
Jamie O'Nealis a platinum-selling entertainer and hit songwriter that became a householdname with her back-to-back No. 1 singles, "There Is No Arizona" and "When I Think AboutAngels." With multiple hits that followed, including "Shiver," "Trying To Find Atlantis" and"Somebody's Hero," O'Neal caught fire and earned numerous career accolades, including threeGRAMMY® nominations, an Academy of Country Music™ Award for Top New Female Vocalistand a Billboard® Award for New Country Artist. While she has penned most of her own songs,O'Neal has also written hits for Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, CeCe Winans,Idina Menzel and others. Her voice can be heard internationally in major studio films, including“All by Myself” for “Bridget Jones's Diary.” “I’m so happy to finally get some new original musicout there for the fans,” says O’Neal about her upcoming album,Sometimes, distributedexclusively by BFD/Audium Nashville through The Orchard. Slated for release on October 16,Sometimesincludes re-imagined versions of O'Neal's hits such as "There Is No Arizona" and"When I Think About Angels" as well as brand-new songs, including her recent singles "TheWorld Goes On," "Wreck Me," "Closer To Closure" and "Someone's Sometimes
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