AMERICAN SONGWRITER’S SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR SHARES GUILTY EP, OUT NOW
CONFIRMS TOUR DATES WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE, DIERKS BENTLY, ASHLEY MCBRYDE, MORGAN WADE, OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW, AND LAINEY WILSON
Today, Harper O’Neill releases her new song, “I Was Always Yours” a striking ballad which showcases O’Neill’s extraordinary voice as well as her keen songwriting chops. “It’s a big piano ballad, a huge song,” O’Neill shares. “Ultimately, that's why I picked it, because it's something I normally wouldn't do. I also love coming from the female perspective. I don't think we make a lot of space in music for women to take the role of the villain like this. This narrator has clearly wronged someone, and she lives with regret. She lives with remorse. She has fumbled her way through this love story with this person that she's always been attached to but could never love properly. I love hearing it come from a woman. Maybe it's the wrong glass ceiling to break, but I'm telling stories about the whole human experience of being a woman, which is that you're not always the one who is left. Sometimes you're the leaver, and sometimes you're the one who hurts.” Listen to “I Was Always Yours” here and watch the music video for the song here.
“I Was Always Yours” is part of O’Neill’s Guilty EP which is out today and also features the previously released songs “When You Love Me,” and “Guilty,” which Rolling Stone named a “Song You Need To Know” and which The Boot calls “stellar.” Listen to the Guilty EP here.
Harper O’Neill has quickly become your favorite artist’s favorite artist and has upcoming tour dates opening for Brothers Osborne, Dierks Bently, Ashley McBryde, Morgan Wade, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Lainey Wilson (full dates below). Tickets for all dates are on sale here.
O’Neill grew up in Dallas, TX, where her parents ran a household brimming with music. She followed her gut and moved to Nashville in 2018, a decision she remains proud of to this day. “I always call it ‘listening to the universe,’” she says of trusting her intuition. “You have to be open to that kind of stuff for it to happen. And sometimes I feel like that's the hardest part, just letting yourself be open.”
After putting down roots in Nashville, O’Neill began finding ways into the local music scene, trying out co-writes and finding gigs to play around town. After posting a performance video to TikTok in 2022— far from being a regular TikToker, O’Neill had only dabbled with the platform — O’Neill got a text claiming to be from Jody Williams, the renowned publishing executive and former head of BMI known for working with everyone from Maren Morris to Carrie Underwood. Williams texted O’Neill on April 1st, so she couldn’t help but think it was a prank. They arranged a meeting for the following week and Williams signed O’Neill to his Jody Williams Songs on the spot.
O’Neill is an artist who’s always favored her intuition over trends. The Dallas-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter with the powerhouse voice and versatile musical chops found her way onto Music Row’s radar by trusting her gut and letting her considerable talent guide her, an increasingly rare path to success in a field crowded with hopefuls trying to recreate the sound of the moment. “Guilty,” and her forthcoming music, is an honest, clear-eyed expression of O’Neill’s remarkable artistry and a testament to trusting the process, no matter how winding the journey. O’Neill is an unapologetically fearless artist with the music to prove it.
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