"O'Reilly's voice is a shiny, versatile instrument that knows how to caress as well as trumpet." (Chicago Tribune)
A strong force in the Chicago area arts arena for over 30 years, Jamie is a critically acclaimed vocalist, lyricist, recording artist and music producer.
With many CD recordings and live productions to her credit, Jamie is known for her distinctive vocal style, the lilting cry in her voice, and powerful interpretations of ballads and songs for the stage. Her choice of material ranges from original songs and folk-songs, to old-world lullabies, waltzes and fiery numbers for the cabaret. Her first band was Jamie O'Reilly & The Rogues, was a popular Irish folk band in the 1980s folk scene. She performs as a soloist, often accompanied by guitarist Peter Swenson. She appears with the Jamie O'Reilly Trio with Michael Smith (guitar) and Bob Weber (cello), and in intimate "trunk" shows with Smith.
"Together their musical palette is pretty astonishing." (Chicago Magazine). As a duo, Smith and O'Reilly are known for a series of folk-cabarets
they have staged and recorded including the beloved Pasiones: Songs of the Spanish Civil War, which has worldwide recognition.
Songs of a Catholic Childhood, is their latest musical offering, perhaps their most personal, was recorded live and released in time for the 2012 holidays.
Several of Smith's songs are included in Michael,. Margaret, Pat and Kate, an autobiographical musical play presented in the mid 90s.
Other CD BABY recordings include Smith's Old Man Dancing and Such Things Are Finely Done. The duo's releases Pasiones: Songs of the The Spanish Civil War, and The Gift of the Magi, Songs of the Kerry Madwoman, (featuring Jamie's vocals, Michael's music and Patricia Monaghan's poetry, and Swimmer Deeper (Jamie's solo album of Michael's songs).
Jamie O'Reilly & The Rogues: A Collection, features music with the band that included Tom and Paul Amandes, Stuart Rosenberg, Peter Swenson and John Floeter.