Michael O'Hara / The Sheik


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Michael J. O'Hara/ The Sheik
Born and raised in his native St. Louis, “O'Hara” dates the beginning of
his career back to the age of six when he wrote his first song on his parent’s
new Christmas piano. He continued all through school playing, singing,
writing, and performing in his father‘s Baptist church and many others
around the city, honing his skills until he formed a rather successful regional
rock band called “The Sheiks” which moved to New Orleans in 1979. His
band has been the opening act for legendary rockers such as; “The Rolling
Stones,” “The Who,” “The Police,” “Chaka Kahn,” “Huey Lewis and The
News,” “Peter Gabrielle,” and “The J. Geils Band,” to mention a few for the
fifteen years he was with them. His band also played with “Chuck Berry on
famed ABC’ “In Concert,” and at the “86’ New Orleans World’s Fair” for the
entire nine months the fair hosted the world.
A toss of the coin found O'Hara leaving his band and heading west to
Los Angeles to seek higher stakes in one of the epicenters of the music
industry. He was successful in securing a publishing deal with MCA/Universal
Publishing Co., where he immediately co-penned with “Sammi McKinney”
two #1 hits for legendary recording artist, “Anita Baker:” “Just Because”,
and “It’s Been You All The Time.” O'Hara also co-penned with McKinney,
“Feels So Good” for the “Spike Lee” film, “Do The Right Thing,” as well as
songs for “Patti LaBelle,” “Jody Watley,” “Cee Cee Peniston,” “Tramaine
Hawkins,” “Robin S.,” “Judy Collins,” “The Perry Sisters,” and “Phajaii;”
along with a host of other notable artist. O'Hara has even performed some of
his work with “Judy Collins” at famed “Carnegie Hall” for 3 consecutive
nights, as well as appearing on “Saturday Night Live” with legendary rocker-
He teamed with Nashville’s acclaimed writer/producer, “Robert White
Johnson,” and co-wrote a new musical play, “Isle of Dreams” based on the life
and times of “John the Revelator” who walked
with the “Messiah,” and wrote the last book of the bible- “Revelation.” This
extraordinary musical labor of love captivated the imaginations of the
entertainment industry and has been performed twice in front of the New
York “Theater Guild,” and at St. Louis’ legendary “Powell Symphony Hall,”
and four years on the Branson theater stages earning them the respect and
backing of worldwide conglomerate; “Sanctuary Productions Inc.” for 2 and a
half years.
All in all, “Michael O'Hara” has garnered four “Grammy
Nominations,” two “American Music Award Nominations, and two BMI
Awards!” He published his first work of fiction in a self-penned book entitled
“Church!” which was released in 2013 on “Strategic Books to be found on
Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com, and has recently come out of
retirement to perform a one-man-show at historic “Jimmy’s Music Club” in
New Orleans on July 26, 2014 which garnered him the cover article of the
(Living) section of the Times Picayune July 25, 2014 as well as interviews on
(The Morning Show) on WWLTV and WYESTV the same day! O’Hara
moved to Fort Worth Texas where he sang at over 89 retirement facilities
monthly for the aged and was pastor in one of them on Sundays!
He recently moved back to his beloved New Orleans to revive his former alter-ego
, The Sheik on the
larger stages! He continues to perform solo at some of the hotspots in and
around the city while still finding time to minister at retirement facilities in
the city.
As “Anita Baker” said it best in one of her many interviews, “Michael
O’Hara” is one of the best American writers of all time,” making him a force
to watch in this millennium, and beyond!
To learn more about Michael J. O’Hara/The Sheik , visit his
website at www.MichaelDreams.com
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