Edward O’Connell is a Washington, D.C.-based songwriter, whose impressive debut album, "Our Little Secret," features 13 original tunes showcasing O’Connell’s knack for melodic Anglo-American guitar pop in the tradition of The Byrds, Big Star, Tom Petty, Teenage Fanclub and early Elvis Costello. O’Connell has distilled a distinctive blend of chiming guitars, incandescent harmonies, deep hooks and smart lyrics conjuring up a timeless past when great pop songs ruled the airwaves.
In a four-star rave review ("Brilliant!"), MOJO called"Our Little Secret" a "highly promising pop debut. The best Elvis Costello album that our Declan neglected to make during his early era, full of hooks, guitars that go twang . . . the album bristles with fine originals." The album was short-listed as one of the best albums of 2010 by many leading pop music websites, including PowerPop Overdose (#2 album of the year) and Absolute Powerpop (#3 album of the year). Dr. Bristol's Prescription said: "Jangly, chiming guitars. Massive hooks and choruses. Superior vocals. Organic warmth. As fulfilling on the tenth play as the first. This is clearly a major pop release that deserves widespread attention. Let’s not make this (ahem) Our Little Secret - spread the word far and wide. We just might have a major pop star on our hands.”
O'Connell and "Our Little Secret" also received five nominations in January 2011 for the prestigious 25th annual Wammies (the Washington Area Music Awards) for best new artist, songwriter of the year, best debut recording, best pop rock recording and best pop rock vocalist.
O’Connell’s record comes after years of steady work in the shadows of the Washington, D.C. rock-pop music scene, where he has played piano and guitar in local cover bands, most notably for blues rockers The Crimestoppers, who have been working the D.C. club circuit for almost 30 years.
For "Our Little Secret," O’Connell brought together a carefully selected lineup of D.C. legends and kindred spirits with a particular affinity for the vintage popcraft that is O’Connell’s true love. The record features O’Connell on vocals, acoustic guitars, piano and accordion, joined by a band that includes Karl Straub (The Karl Straub Combo, The Graverobbers) and Buddy Speir (The Blackjacks) on guitars, Scott McKnight (The Jelly Roll Mortals, Last Train Home and The Neighbors) on bass, and Jonathan Babu on drums, with other special guests including Bill Williams (Jelly Roll Mortals, Last Train Home and The Tone Rangers) and Eric Goldberg. "Our Little Secret" was produced and engineered by Jared Bartlett (whose production credits include records by Last Train Home and Luke Brindley), who also contributed guitar and percussion.
O’Connell’s encyclopedic knowledge of pop music stretches back to his teenage years as a radio DJ in his native Connecticut, where he managed the Yale University radio station, WYBC-FM, and later worked as a drive-time DJ on Hartford’s flagship heritage underground rock radio station, WHCN-FM.
O’Connell is a long-time member of the Washington Area Music Association and the Songwriters’ Association of Washington. He is also a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the American Bar Association, and the Federal Communications Bar Association, and he is admitted to the United States Supreme Court Bar and the Bar of the District of Columbia.