Multi-GRAMMY® nominated singer-songwriter Jamie O’Neal spreads Spirit & Joy today with the release of her debut Christmas album. Available now from JOG Inc. and BFD/AUDIUM Nashville, Spirit & Joy “may be a seasonal album, but it’s a deeply personal one all year round (American Songwriter).” Stream and download Spirit & Joy HERE.
Like the holidays, the making of Spirit & Joy was truly a family affair. O’Neal produced the album with her husband Rodney Good, a platinum-certified recording engineer (Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton), who joined her for their first-ever duet with “Please Come Home for Christmas.”
O’Neal also collaborated with her father Jimmy Murphy, sister Melissa Murphy and daughter Aliyah Good for Spirit & Joy’s focus track, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Taste of Country exclusively premiered the first listen to the “timely” classic, noting “the album is more than just another holiday collection.”
Spirit & Joy opens with “Christmas,” penned on the spot at the request of O’Neal by Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Jeffrey Steele and wraps with “Silver Bells” featuring fellow ACM Award winner Collin Raye. With cuts from Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Idina Menzel and more, O’Neal co-wrote three originals for the album, including the “jazz-infused (Wide Open Country)” “Christmas You.”
Originally slated for release last year, Spirit & Joy was postponed due to O’Neal’s sister Sam’s unexpected passing. O’Neal dedicated her rendition of “White Christmas” in loving memory of her sister and to her parents for the great Christmas memories they all shared as a family. She hopes the album will help listeners celebrate the cheerful nature of the season, while honoring the sentimental side of the holidays.
O’Neal’s latest album, Sometimes, celebrated the 20th anniversary of her debut album, Shiver. The critically acclaimed project proved that O’Neal “hasn’t lost an iota of her powerhouse vocal talent (Rolling Stone Country).” Featuring collaborations with John Paul White, Lauren Alaina, Martina McBride, Sara Evans and O’Neal’s daughter Aliyah Good, Sometimes received additional praise from People, Forbes, Parade, American Songwriter, The Boot, Wide Open Country, MusicRow and many more.
SPIRIT & JOY TRACK LISTING
2. Christmas You
Jamie O’Neal, Corey Lee Barker
3. Please Come Home for Christmas Feat. Rodney Good
Charles Brown, Gene Redd
4. White Christmas
5. I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Kim Gannon, Walter Kent
6. Gulf of Mexico
Jamie O’Neal, Rodney Good, Jimmy Murphy
7. Do You Hear What I Hear? Feat. Jimmy Murphy, Melissa Murphy and Aliyah Good
Noel Regne, Gloria Shayne
8. You Were Christmas to Me
Jamie O’Neal, Corey Lee Barker
10. Silver Bells Feat. Collin Raye
Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
SPIRIT & JOY TOUR DATES
Nov. 18 Cherokee Casino – Roland, Okla.
Nov. 19 Cherokee Casino – West Siloam Springs, Okla.
Dec. 4 Magnolia Fields – Baton Rouge, La.
Dec. 9 Private – Panama City Beach, Fla.
Dec. 10 Pella Opera House – Pella, Iowa
ABOUT JAMIE O’NEAL Jamie O’Neal is a platinum-selling entertainer and hit songwriter that became a household name with her back-to-back No. 1 singles, “There Is No Arizona” and “When I Think About Angels.” With multiple hits that followed such as “Shiver,” “Trying To Find Atlantis” and “Somebody’s Hero,” O’Neal caught fire and earned numerous career accolades, including three GRAMMY® nominations, an Academy of Country Music™ Award for Top New Female Vocalist and a Billboard® Award for New Country Artist. While she has penned most of her own songs, O’Neal has also written hits for Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, CeCe Winans, Idina Menzel and others. Her voice can be heard internationally in major studio films, including “All by Myself” for “Bridget Jones’s Diary.”
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