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Gavin James & Megan O’Neill to perform at the Oscar Wilde Awards

January 13, 2015


Irish singer/songwriters Gavin James and Megan O’Neill will take to the stage at the US-Ireland Alliance’s annual Oscar Wilde Awards which will be held on 19 February at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot in Santa Monica. 

Gavin James’ Irish debut EP, Say Hello, charted for more than six months, was the winner of the 2012 Meteor Choice Award for Song of the Year, and led to a string of sold-out headline dates and supporting tours.  His LIVE AT WHELAN’S album topped the iTunes charts in Ireland in December and is now available worldwide.  His upcoming March performance at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre made him the first artist to sell out the venue before releasing a studio album.  He will play Eurosonic in the Netherlands this month where his soulful cover of The Magnetic Fields,’ The Book of Love, is getting extensive airplay, has hit #1 on Shazam, and his album is charting at No.4.  James is managed by Collective Management and was recently signed by Capitol Records.

Megan O’Neill’s song, Don’t You, was used in the 3 December episode of the hit ABC TV show NASHVILLE.  An exciting new entrant to the world of country pop music, Megan honed her craft by moving from Ireland to Nashville.  Her music is a fresh mix of modern country and pop with a fusion of distinctly Irish elements making for a unique sound. Currently based in London, Megan has written with Nashville writers Marc Beeson, Billy Austin, John Edwards, Brian Maher, Erik Halbig, Bruce Bouton, and Mark Narmore.  Her first international commercial release is planned for this year.  In a move indicative of the broader musical direction Megan is taking, three tracks recently recorded were produced by long-time Kodaline collaborator Philip Magee.  She is managed by Milestone Management.

Trina Vargo, founder and president of the US-Ireland Alliance, noted that “this event has helped put a lot of rising talent on the map in Los Angeles and farther afield and we expect this year will be no exception with Gavin and Megan.”  The US-Ireland Alliance recently announced their first honoree, Irish painter Colin Davidson.  Additional honorees to be announced soon.  Abrams will emcee the event and  Accenture is the lead sponsor.  Breaking news on the event is @OscarWildeLA on Twitter.