Prepare to be entertained

Mark and Jay O'Shea will take their show to the Gateway Hotel on Saturday. (supplied)

By Justin Flynn

Husband and wife team Mark and Jay O’Shea are bringing their brand of soulful country music to Geelong on Saturday June 4.

The Aussie born duo now calls Nashville, Tennessee, home, but jump at any chance they get to come back home, or is it?

“It’s kind of both,” Jay says.

“We have a home in Nashville and we are raising our two daughters there.

“But every time we come back to Australia we say we are going home. So we probably have two homes now.”

O’Shea, as they are known, formed in 2007 and are now an internationally acclaimed band.

The duo have released four studio albums, all of which have peaked inside the ARIA top 50.

Their show, at Norlane’s Gateway Hotel, will feature tracks from their new album Neon Soul, which will be released on June 10.

“We started it about four years ago,” Jay says.

“We had to put it on hold during COVID and I feel like we’ve been living this record for a long time.

“I love soul and I love to sing in that style and Mark is the neon concept.

“There are some ballads that are deep and meaningful and thought provoking, but there are some tracks that are fun and uplifting.”

The single, Watch Me Quit, Jay promises, is a real tear jerker.

“It’s a mummy ballad, but dads get it too,” she says.

“Anybody who has a child will be emotional.”

Jays says punters at the Gateway are in for a fun time.

“We promise a ride of sorts,” she says.

“We promise a rollercoaster. Be ready to come on an emotional rollercoaster.

“Be ready to dance, sing, laugh and cry.”

O’Shea is performing at the Gateway Hotel, Norlane, on Saturday June 4 at 8.30pm and is being supported by Darlinghurst.