Mary Margaret O'Hara

Mary Margaret O'Hara is a Canadian singer-songwriter and actress. She is best known for the album Miss America, released in 1988. O'Hara was born in Toronto, Ontario to a large Irish family. She is the sister of comedic actress Catherine O'Hara. Her early musical tastes included Van Morrison, Dinah Washington, and her father's jazz records. She was a student at the Ontario College of Art and Design in the 1970s, and was involved in the music scene as a member of Toronto bands Dollars, Songship and Go Deo Chorus. In 1983, O'Hara left Go Deo and was signed by Virgin Records. Andy Partridge of XTC was scheduled as her producer but was fired after his first day due to his reported difficulties with O'Hara's musical approach. Her contract with Virgin continued and eventually led to the 1988 release of Miss America. O'Hara later reflected on the production experience, noting ""I loved the Celtic crosses and the sheep rolling around the hills by the studio in Wales. But for Virgin to go from, 'You can do whatever you want', to 'What have you done?' - that was tough." In addition, she did some work as a graphic artist, including lettering for the cover of Dalbello's album whomanfoursays.


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