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  O'Shea, Michael
NameMichael O'Shea
Mills River, North Carolina , United States
Born Unknown
Last ModifedRBH
Dec 22, 2019 08:24pm
InfoMichael O’Shea is a Millennial Progressive Democratic Candidate for the US House of Representatives in Western North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District.

Michael was born at Mission Hospital in Asheville and grew up in Mills River, NC where he and his wife Jennifer now live. Michael went to West Henderson High School in Henderson County and Jennifer went to AC Reynolds in Buncombe County and grew up in East Asheville.

Michael’s family history in southern Appalachia goes back before the Revolutionary War and the mountains of Western North Carolina have always been home to him. His parents were the minister and music director at the Unity of the Blue Ridge church in Mills River for over 30 years until his father Rev. Chad Greer O’Shea passed away in 2014. Growing up in a church has given Michael a strong sense of moral responsibility that lends itself to a life dedicated to public service.

Michael graduated from The Honors College at Western Carolina University with a BA in Philosophy and an English minor. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of both the newspaper and philosophy journal, was a member of the Honors College Board of Directors, had several papers accepted to national conferences, and wrote his thesis on post-structuralist linguistics. Michael spent a semester studying abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, and he did summer programs studying literature in France and Spain and business and marketing in China.

Jennifer also graduated from WCU and first met Michael in a photography class they had together. She holds a degree in Elementary Education and currently teaches first grade at a school in Asheville. She is also a visual artist, primarily doing abstract painting.

Michael has spent the last decade primarily in the music industry. After college he auditioned for a 7-piece afrobeat/funk band and toured with them playing drums, his primary instrument. He is also a vocalist and a multi-instrumentalist who has released over 75 songs of solo electronic rock material where he plays and produces every sound. Most recently he has been touring as the drummer for a female-fronted electronic rock duo in Asheville.

He works as an audio engineer and produces for other artists like his sister Kathryn O’Shea, a local banjo-playing folk singer/songwriter. He has an extensive resume as an audio mastering engineer and works with artists from around the country in genres ranging from acoustic folk to hip-hop. Michael’s music career led him and Jennifer to spend a few years living in Atlanta, GA and Los Angeles, CA before returning home in 2018.

Finding himself increasingly frustrated with the state of American politics, it became clear that he could no longer continue doing advocacy work on the side and Michael made the difficult decision to step away from his music career in order to dedicate his life to public service and direct political action. He is committed to fighting for the progressive values he believes in and will do everything he can to help the working class people of WNC and beyond.



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