Nashville Briefing Names Harper O'Neil a Songwriter You Need to Know

25 Songwriters You Need To Know

"Because it all comes down to the song! You already knew that. Our third annual songwriters list was curated with help from Nashville Briefing readers in and around the Nashville publishing community. Some people on this list have already had hit songs and yet it feels like their careers are just getting started. Others may have just signed their first publishing deal or may still be independent. The point is, all of them are impacting the music scene here in Nashville and around the world. If you want to know what’s happening on the ground floor, you need to know them all!" - Zak Kuhn (Founder, Nashville Briefing)

Hometown - Richardson, TX

Jody Williams Songs

Harper O’Neill is a singer/songwriter who recently released her debut album, Dark Bar Daisy. After quitting her job and packing up her life to move to Nashville, Jody Williams Songs signed her to a publishing deal on the spot after hearing her songs for the first time. With a fresh take on Texas soul music, O’Neill has recently been on the road with Abraham Alexander, Lainey Wilson, Corey Kent and Ashley McBryde. She opened for Old Crow Medicine Show’s 2023 New Year’s Eve show at the Ryman Auditorium and won American Songwriter’s 2022 Song Contest with her song “Somebody.”

Notable Cuts:

•  “Tried & True” by Meg McCree

•  “Your Bar Now” & “Mac Miller” by Tyler Halverson

•  “Say The Word” by Alex Lambert & Harper O’Neill

•  “Foreclosure” by MacKenzie Porter

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•  Good coffee and goldfish

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