BRIDGET O'SHANNESSY / by Kylie Cobb

At just 16 years old, Bridget O'Shannessy is set to be the new sweetheart of country music. Endearing and engaging with a natural talent for crafting tunes that appeal to a wide audience, it is no surprise this young Australian is attracting the attention of industry taste-makers world-wide.

Don't let O'Shannessy's age fool you. Already an award-winning singer-songwriter, Bridget first sang on stage at just nine; has opened for Gotye’s ‘The Basics’; performed at numerous high profile events, including Tamworth Country Music Festival, Gympie Muster and Urban Country Music Festival; and most recently showcased her original work as a finalist in a Nashville songwriting competition and on the cat walk at Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver.

Following hot on the trail of her debut single launch at Qld’s Ekka in August, it’s all guns blazing for this young country artist as she soon heads to London Fashion Week to play in the Tower of London for eco-designer Jeff Garner.

Meanwhile, video clip, In My Head has mustered 90,000 views on YouTube and aired numerous times on the Country Music Channel.

Watch out Taylor Swift. Brisbane schoolgirl Bridget O’Shannessy is the new sweetheart of country music.
— The Courier Mail, 6 August 2016
Bridget is most definitely the real thing. The complete package with a great sound, great look and great attitude. To me, she is already a star and I know people will love her sound.
— Louie Shelton, world-renowned guitarist and music producer

Like most young people her age, Bridget is in her final year of high school at Brisbane's Music Industry College. However, before sitting practice QCS exams like normal teens, Bridget’s day starts with a morning strategy meeting about her career – it’s all in a day’s work for this budding professional. And, rather than talking about boys and teenage gossip, Bridget and her friends jam about it, seeking that next chart-busting hook.

Most teenagers are naturally creative. I’m just lucky enough to be surrounded by good family, great music and very clever friends. If I can get all that into a song (or two) then I believe we can do something amazing.
— Bridget O'Shannessy, country singer-songwriter

O'Shannessy is ready to share her contemporary country sound with the world, with her first official single, He Doesn't Know released in August 2016.

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