Portlaoise based songwriter James O’Connor is about to release his much anticipated new album ‘Behind the Scenes’. The 29 year old offers a collection of songs that are soaked in a heart-warming honesty that captures elements of everyday life and immortality mixed together with a hint of wit and wisdom.
Recording this time around James has enlisted the help of “The Friendly Strangers” a band of gifted musicians from Kildare and Laois, who have formed a unique canvas on which James paints his flowing melodies and soul-bearing lyrics.
James is certainly no stranger to the music scene, having had a number of successful releases to date. His 2010 single ‘Falling Up’ reached No. 9 in the Irish singles charts and the 2011 follow-up ‘Mr. Fake’ reached an impressive No. 22 position showing testament to his loyal fanbase. It was while on tour in America in 2008, James recorded his debut album “After Hours” in the famous “Sun Studio” in Memphis. The album was released in October 2009 and the original limited edition was sold out.
This album is completely self-funded and was recorded at Golden Egg Studios Portlaoise and produced and mixed by resident producer Brian O’Mahoney. Speaking on the album James says: “This is an album I’ve always wanted to make and make on my own terms so I took my time with it. All the songs are very personal to me and the finished album does the songs justice.”
O’Connor has an impressive CV of both national and international gigs to date, stretching from New York to Memphis, Dublin to London. James has also performed at a number of festivals including the Cosby stage at Electric Picnic 2010, Lissadell fringe festival 2010, the main stage at Helium Festival 2011 the Westport Bluegrass festival 2012 and the Fort stock festival 2012.
James O’Connor will be touring the ‘Behind the Scenes’ album throughout 2014. For up to date information on gigs visit www.jamesoconnormusic.com
‘Behind The Scenes’ is now available to download from Itunes.