Atlanta Singer-Songwriter Mary Olivia Harrison (Mary O.) marked her debut as a solo recording artist with the 2008 release Factory of Days on the Two Sheds label. She and her band - McGregor Button, Tracy Clark, and Govind Dixit - are now playing under the name Virginia Plane and are releasing a new EP in June 2011. Mary O. also plays solo shows under the name Virginia Plane.
Over the years, Mary O.'s live band, the Tiny Tears, also included John McNicholas, Kim Ware, and Michelle Friedman.
Mary O.'s music career began in 1999, when she and Jenny Hutton formed Charm School, a quartet that blended modern power pop wth old school new wave influences. Called one of Atlanta's best and often overlooked pop jewels (Creative Loafing, July 2004), the band's recorded output consisted of 2002's Career Day EP and 2004's Tomorrow Is Today. Both records were recorded by Jason NeSmith (Casper & the Cookies, ex-Of Montreal) at NeSmith's Bel*Air Studios in Athens.
Following the release of Tomorrow Is Today, Mary O. took her songwriting in a different direction and began working with NeSmith on a solo record in December 2005, which would eventually become Factory of Days.
Charm School played its last show in May 2006.
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