Majella O’Shea studied Voice, Piano and Composition at the Queensland Conservatorium, and Drama and Ethnomusicology the University of Queensland. She then left Brisbane for Paris where she sang jazz at Les Trois Mailletze and then on to London where she acted with several theatre companies (Praxis, The Good Company) taking her to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and tours through Ireland for ‘Salome’ and the UK for ‘Pride and Prejudice’.
After relocating to Sydney, Majella’s cover version of The Man With The Child In His Eyes were released on the Groovescooter compilation album ‘Re-fashioned Vol 2: British Airwaves’ (2004). Majella released her own triphop album, ‘Tangent’s Trail’, from which ‘Cry’ was used in the American feature film ‘Crash’ and the American TV series ‘Vanished’.
In 2013, Majella was commissioned by the Australian Womens’ Circus, Melbourne, to compose, perform and record music for their theatre production ‘Soar’. Her more recent compositions fall more within the genre of classical music where she feels free to play and question form and tonality as it feels emotionally, and intellectually appropriate.
- Majella O’Shea. Weavers & shakers, retrieved 6 September 2018.