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Mary Margaret O'Hara

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Mary Margaret O’Hara is a Canadian and actress, who has been hailed as one of the greatest heroines in music despite having released very few of her own recordings. She is the sister of comedic actress Catherine O’Hara. Her music ranges from gentle, countrified to tone poems. Her recorded output has been extremely limited - in addition to her full length album “Miss America”, she released a “Christmas” EP in 1992, and contributed new songs and a score to the film “Apartment Hunting” in 2001.

O’Hara was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to a large Catholic family. Her sister, Catherine has experienced a successful acting career, most notably for her role in the box office smash “Home Alone”. After graduating from Ontario Art College, Mary began acting and singing with the pop/ group Dollars, covering songs by the likes of Etta James and Otis Redding. By 1976 she was lead vocalist for rock band Go Deo Chorus, where she developed her unique songwriting and vocal techniques. Audiences were reportedly stunned as she would flail neuroticly on stage, ad-libbing songs into a bewilderment of repetitive confusion and then suddenly bring it all down into an acoustic subtlety over which her voice would become awe-inspiringly pure and elegant.

In 1984, O’Hara signed a recording contract with Virgin Records, but her first album did not appear until 1988 because O’Hara’s perfectionism and unconventional recording habits made the record difficult to complete.

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