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Neon Soul By O’Shea – Song of the Day

27 May 2022 | 12:44 pm | Staff Writer

'Neon Soul' is the first single from their forthcoming record of the same name.

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To celebrate their return home to Australia and their highly anticipated new album, country stars O’Shea have unveiled Neon Soul. It’s our Song of the Day! The track is the first single from their forthcoming record of the same name, due for release on June 10.

While it might be a coincidence that the chemical element ‘Neon’ is number 10 on the periodic table and that husband-and-wife duo Mark and Jay O’Shea have delivered 10 brilliant new tracks that radiate emotion and beam with melodic hooks on their new album, Neon Soul, there’s no denying that the pair have struck the worlds most beloved element - gold!

Like rogue scientists let loose in a musical laboratory, Mark and Jay O’Shea have spent the past four years meticulously crafting Neon Soul in their homebase of Nashville. Slowly adding elements of soul and retro-pop to their signature alt-country sound, the duo’s fifth release marks a slight departure from straight-laced country and delves into new territory.

Having spent the past nine years in America, after relocating from their respective homes in Dalby and Adelaide, the long-anticipated record began its journey in Nashville several years ago, and its release took some sharp left turns when the world came to a halt.

Co-written with hit-maker Lance Carpenter (who penned Kelsea Ballerini’s chart-topper Love Me Like You Mean It) and mixed by Jeff Juliano (Shawn Mendes, John Mayer, Florida Georgia Line), the track is a showcase of O’Shea’s artistic versatility and Jay’s vocal muscle.

“It’s so fun to sing,” adds Jay, “and is a nice bit of fresh air for the rest of the album.”

O'Shea have been living and working in Nashville for the best part of a decade and have performed everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to the Sydney Opera House since beginning their musical journey together in 2007. Mark’s country rock roots provide an edgy contrast to Jay’s soulful, powerful voice – making them a dynamic and unique combination of singer/songwriters.

The influences of their two homes are all over their previous album, appropriately titled 61-615 in homage to both Australia and Nashville. 61-615 received a 2017 ARIA Award nomination for ‘Best Country Album’ and includes a cover of John Farnham’s Playing To Win featuring Travis Collins and the Wolfe Brothers. All four of their studio albums have peaked on the ARIA top 50.

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Together, O’Shea have 7 Golden Guitars on their mantle, clocked up more than 11 number ones on the Aussie charts and have their own TV show O’SHEA USA. Individually, they have toured with the likes of INXS, Keith Urban, John Farnham, Hall & Oates, Jimmy Barnes and more.

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