The singer’s life: folly or fairytale? “All the intelligence and talent in the world can’t make a singer. The voice is a wild thing. It can’t be bred in captivity. It is a sport, like the silver fox. It happens.” (Willa Cather, Song of the Lark) I came to my Summer Solstice concert last Friday […]

I am a singer. “When we look back, the only things we cherish are those which in some way met our original want; the desire which formed in us in early youth, undirected, and of its own accord.” (Willa Cather, Song of the Lark) The Early Years: The Fine Arts BuildingMy first job in Chicago […]

Jamie O’Reilly’s Blog. An Introduction. Give me this sunny morning, light on the leaves of the sturdy geraniums, a soprano singing Franz Lehár on the radio, and the taste of summer-fresh strawberries. This brilliantly pleasing summer morning, I’ve set myself up at a white lace covered table, bleached in sunlight, on my newly redecorated porch. […]

Center Portion Arts Space presents a Summer Solstice Salon on Friday, June 21 at 8:00 PM. Vocalist Jamie O’Reilly performs an evening of songs and stories honoring summer in the city. Writer, and space curator Sheila Donohue hosts. This Logan Square gem is located at 2850 1/2 W. Fullerton Ave in Chicago. Admission is $20. […]

2019! I am thrilled to revisit the lovely songs I first sang when I was coming up as a voice student, and went on to sing for concerts, tributes and special cultural series throughout the Chicago area!  I’m calling these the SONGBIRD songs. Accompanied by piano. More. Jamie presents music is by folk and art […]

News from Jamie O’ReillyI am pleased to introduce my newest musical collaborator John Erickson, pianist, arranger, composer. We are working together on a distinctly “Jamie” set of songs. Exploring old ballads from the 1920s-40s songbird-era, revisiting classics from the American songbook, and covering songs in several Romance languages. Some of my favorite signature songs, written […]

Michael Smith sings Moby Dick Saturday, Sept 7 at 7 PM Wishbone North 3300 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, Il Admission $20.  Advance tickets recommended. Get tickets via Paypal button here. The Wishbone concert will feature original songs inspired by the seminal American classic, setting the texts from Herman Melville’s novel as sea shanties, story-songs, ballads […]

Center Portion Presents A Summer Solstice SalonFriday, June 21 at 8:00 PM Jamie O’Reilly, vocalswith John Erickson, pianoand Sheila Donohue, readingCenter Portion2850 1/2 West FullertonChicago, IlTickets $20. (Paypal below)Limited Seating.  Reservations: roots@jamieoreilly.com; call 773.203.7661More: http://www.centerportion.com/   ticket one ticket $20.00 USD2 tickets $40.00 USD3 tickets $60.00 USD4 tickets $80.00 USD A Voice for the Soul […]

WHO AM I THIS TIME? “A Voice for the Soul of the City” Jamie’s Next Chapter Summer starts for me with a new start. I will launch a redesigned website on June 2.  Its focus will be on my singing and writing.  We’ll feature a streamlined menu.  An enhanced blog.  New photos taken by the […]

Limited Edition CD album! Michael Peter Smith’s Fifteen Songs from Moby Dick features original songs inspired by the seminal American classic, setting the texts from Herman Melville’s novel as sea shanties, story-songs, ballads and anthems.  Strong, swarthy, infectious, and infused with Smith’s signature poignant melodies, the songs of Moby Dick are reminiscent of 19th century […]