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SHARON O'NEILL

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Brief History:
Sharon was born in NELSON, NEW ZEALAND and signed to CBS Records, (now SONY/BMG) as a singer/songwriter in 1978. After enjoying major success at home she set up base in Australia to further her career, which indeed she did. Her debut was as opening act for Boz Scaggs in every major city.

Highlights:
Numerous accolades as “Most Popular Female Artist” & ”Queen of Pop” in both New Zealand and Australia, the APRA SILVER SCROLL award in New Zealand for “Face In A Rainbow” from her debut album “This Heart….This Song”, BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A VIDEO in Australia for the song “Power”, gold and platinum “record” sales and albums recorded with prominent and inspiring producers. Some of these include John Boylan (Linda Ronstadt), Peter McIan (Men At Work), Alan Mansfield (Dragon). During these sessions many noted guests lent their talents such as Don Henley, Timothy B Schmit, Don Felder (“Eagles”), Bill Payne, Karla Bonoff, Tom Scott…to name a few. Other highlights include performing her songs at both the Seoul and Tokyo Song Festivals.

As a songwriter alone, her songs have been recorded by Dragon, Jimmy Barnes, Robert Palmer and various artists in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada and the U.S.A. Her most recent co-write was with the late Robert Palmer and Alan Mansfield on what was sadly to be Roberts’s last single “TRUE LOVE”. Performance highlights include sharing the stage with Elton John, Robert Palmer, Leo Sayer, Angry Anderson, Marc Hunter, Mark Williams and Jon Stevens.

Over the past few years she has continued her songwriting and has been a part of several major tours in both Australia and New Zealand.
In New Zealand she was guest artist with “When the Cat’s Away”,(Margaret Urlich, Debbie Harwood, Kim Willoughby and Annie Crummer) in concert and the girls had a hit covering her song “Asian Paradise”. Another tour followed and once again as a guest she was joined by Eddie Rayner and Noel Crombie (Split Enz). Last year she joined fellow Kiwis Johnny Devlin, Ray Columbus, Shane, Larry Morris and Tom Sharplin on the very successful “Best of the Best” tour.

In Australia she has been touring with Leo Sayer since mid-2005 opening his show and returning to the stage to on keyboards/vocals for Leo. This liaison has come full circle since she was opening act for him in the late seventies throughout NZ.

Discography:
THIS HEART…THIS SONG”, “WORDS”, “MAYBE”, “SMASH PALACE”, (soundtrack to the movie of the same name), “FOREIGN AFFAIRS”, “DANCED IN THE FIRE”, “EDGE OF WINTER”…also the lead-off single and various tracks on the ABC 0-9 collection of children’s albums, contributing songs to the soundtracks for “STREET HERO”, “COOLANGATTA GOLD”, with BILL CONTI and for the television series “SWEET AND SOUR” (penning the Top Ten single of the same name), “DANCING DAZE” and “JUST FRIENDS”……

 

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