James O'Connor with Audrey Trainor
Portlaoise/Omeath , County Laois
James O’Connor a 25 year old musician from Laois, has been writing songs for the last number of years. 2007 marked James first appearance in the Irish charts with his playlisted track “Mr. Moon” appearing on the top 5 album “Our Space”. In April of last year, James and his musical collaborator, Audrey Trainor reached No.9 in the Top 50 singles with their debut EP "Falling Up". In fact the music from "Falling Up" was used by Atlantic Sessions Festival/Coleraine Borough Council in their radio campaign last winter. This June, their follow – up single “Mr Fake” produced by multi-million selling producers Chris O’Brien and Graham Murphy from the Production Suite (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC1VbTzsDIE) reached No. 22 in the top 50 singles chart and No. 2 in both the HMV and top 10 physical singles chart.
After teaming up with Audrey Trainor, a classically trained violinist and music lecturer from Couny Louth , they have been performing all around Ireland, the UK and the USA with headline shows and opening for many great artists such as The Walls, The Waterboys - Steve Wickham, Bell X1’s – Dave Geraghty, Miss Paula Flynn, Mick Flannery, the 4 of Us, Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club, Duke Special, Liam O Maonlai, O Emperor, John Spillane in London and Damien Dempsey. They have also performed at a number of festivals such as the Helium Festival 2010, Lissadell Fringe Festival 2010 and a Cosby stage performance at the 2010 Electric Picnic and were asked back and joined The Corona's, Kila and Ham Sandwich on the Main stage at Helium 2011.
In 2008 while in America , they recorded a live studio album in the world famous Sun Studio with James Lott, who previously recorded U2 and the week before had recorded Robert Plant there. This album was released in October 2009 and the original limited edition version of this album sold out.
They are back in the studio, this time with two sets of producers; Greg McAteer and Chris O’Brien & Graham Murphy from the Production Suite. Greg a multi-instrumentalist has worked in almost every facet of the music business working with Dervish, Relish, and other major Irish artists, along with running labels, publishing companies, writing for Hot Press, to co-presenting “The C Word” on RTE’s 2XM with Miss Paula Flynn. Chris O’Brien & Graham Murphy have produced a huge array of artists from The Waterboys to Westlife. The first single “Mr. Fake” was released on Friday 27th of May and the new album will be released later this year.