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Jay & Mark O'Shea

With their seamless harmonies, eclectic country-soul sensibility, and clever Aussie charm carrying them into the top five of the hit CMT TV Series, Can You Duet, husband and wife duo O’Shea were welcomed wholeheartedly onto one of country music’s most prominent stages. “The show really opened a massive door for us, no bones about that,” says Jay O’Shea. Husband Mark agrees, “It was an incredible opportunity to meet America.” And while Can You Duet offered America its first introduction to O’Shea, the show in fact represents merely a single step in this talented duo’s nearly 20-year musical journey. Individually, Mark and Jay O’Shea have an impressive string of writing and artist credits that span the globe; while Mark has won multiple CMAA awards (the Australian equivalent of our CMA Awards), Jay has penned a #1 pop song in Europe and toured as a backing vocalist for rock legends, INXS. Between them, the couple has opened for Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Switchfoot, Hall & Oates, and America. Together, Mark and Jay make a highly dynamic duo—and they’re just getting started. The youngest of nine musically gifted children, Mark was raised in the remote bush country of Queensland, where he was educated in a Catholic boarding school and trained on the piano from a young age. By 13, he had started a band with two older boys, who made their public debut at a local bar. “We learned 8 songs for that gig,” Mark recalls with a laugh, “and ended up playing the same set three t

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