Helen O'Shea | Mama Told You...

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Mama Told You...

by Helen O'Shea

This debut EP is full of moving lyrics that will take you from sweet Celtic melodies to rhythmic Americana, creating a sound all of its own - "AmeriCeltiCana" - Americana with a Celtic twist!
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Another Lifetime (feat. Marc Swersky, Vincent Mascolo, Todd Caldwell & Steve Holley)
2:48 $1.25
2. No Return (feat. Marc Swersky, Vincent Mascolo, Todd Caldwell & Steve Holley)
2:33 $1.25
3. Every Mother's Prayer (feat. Marc Swersky & Billy McComiskey)
3:09 $1.25
4. Moments (feat. Marc Swersky, Vincent Mascolo, Todd Caldwell & Steve Holley)
3:03 $1.25
5. Simple Man (feat. Marc Swersky, Joseph Demaio & Jeff Levine)
3:45 $1.25
6. Lovin' You (feat. Marc Swersky & Billy McComiskey)
2:22 $1.25
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Album Notes
Artist – Helen O’Shea
Title – "Mama Told You…"

Helen O'Shea, a native of Ireland, left Montreal and her career at McGill Medical School in 2011 to move to Princeton with her young family. When her kids asked her to stay home, her husband suggested she explore her first love, singing, during her career break. What started as a hobby soon developed into a full time passion with Helen releasing her first EP "Mama Told You..." on Saturday April 30th 2016.

In 2014, Helen met with two time Grammy winning producer Marc Swersky and her music took off in a new direction. Since then, she has been working with Marc as her mentor, co-writer & producer. In March 2016, as part of a singer-songwriting submission, Helen was invited to showcase her original songs at the "Cape May Singer Songwriter Festival". Helen & Marc were honored that out of over 100 songs considered, the Cape May Festival organizers chose "Moments" (Helen O'Shea & Marc Swersky) to include on their 2016 Festival CD.

"Mama Told You..." features a collection of 5 original songs and 1 cover about relationships, motherhood, loving, leaving and making your dreams come true! The EP was recorded at Shorefire Recording Studios (Joseph DeMaio) in Long Branch, NJ and features the amazing musicians from what Helen calls "Marc's Dream Team" - Steve Holley on drums (Wings), Todd Caldwell on piano & organ (Crosby, Stills, Nash), Vinnie Mascolo on lead guitar (Tunnels to Holland), Marc Swersky on bass guitar & piano, Jeff Levine on organ (Joe Cocker) as well as Helen's favorite cousin and world famous button accordion player Billy McComiskey.

Helen O'Shea believes these two things - #MusicChangesLives & #ItsNeverTooLateToSing - enjoy "MamaToldYou..."!

"For my mother Josephine Ryan-McNamara with all my love…
Thanks to the love of my life Paul, and my amazing kids Luke & Lauren for your support and kindness every step of the way!
And to my beautiful “motherfriends” ~ Karolin, Danna, & Maria ~ your wonderful care for my kids made this EP possible!"

1. Another Lifetime
2. No Return
3. Every Mother’s Prayer
4. Moments
5. Simple Man
6. Lovin’ You

Producer ~ Marc Swersky
Executive Producer ~ Helen McNamara-O’Shea
Engineered & Mixed by Joseph DeMaio @
Shorefire Recording Studios, Long Branch, NJ, USA
Mastered by Leon Zervos @
301 Studios, Sydney, Australia

Helen O’Shea ~ Vocals, Harmonies
Marc Swersky ~ Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar & Piano
Steve Holley ~ Drums & Percussion (Songs 1, 2, 4)
Todd Caldwell ~ Piano & Hammond Organ (Songs 1, 2, 4)
Vincent Mascolo ~ Lead Guitar & Slide Guitar (Songs 1, 2, 4)
Billy McComiskey ~ Button Accordion (Songs 3, 6)
Jeff Levine ~ Hammond Organ (Song 5)
Joseph DeMaio ~ Dobro (Song 5)

Songs 2 & 6 written by H. McNamara-O’Shea
Songs 1, 3, 4 written by H. McNamara-O’Shea & Marc Swersky
Song 5 written by Ronnie Van Zant & Garry Rossington

Photos by Paul O’Shea & Helen McNamara-O’Shea
Design by Helen McNamara-O’Shea

Website ~ helenosheamusic.com (Hostbaby)

Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.



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John Abbott

Excellent Debut Recording
Ms. O'Shea's debut recording is an uplifting mix of what will surely become a signature sound. While the CD calls it "Country & Western" I like to think it's balladeering at its best, with a hint of her Irish heritage. Great vocals, instruments, and heartfelt lyrics in every cut. I'm looking forward to future releases.