Patricia O’Callaghan was born and raised in Northern Ontario, Canada. In her travels she has lived, studied and picked up the local languages in Mexico, Quebec, Germany, and France. She trained at the University of Toronto and The Banff Centre for the Arts.
In 1996, she got a Chalmer’s Grant, which allowed her to stop waitressing and devote herself to music full time. Pulling in favours from friends and family she made her first CD, Youkali. It featured songs by Weill, Satie, and Poulenc. The week Youkali was released, Marquis/EMI signed her and she subsequently recorded Slow Fox, reviewed in Billboard as “…the most promising cabaret performer of her generation.” Her worldwide distribution outside of Canada was then snatched up by Teldec/Warner and she toured her third CD, Real Emotional Girl, around Europe and North America. Her most recent CD Naked Beauty, co-produced by Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies, is receiving critical and popular praise. Ms. O’Callaghan divides her time between touring her own shows, recording, and collaborating on other interesting projects. Some collaborations include singing with Bryn Terfel at Roy Thompson Hall, playing the role of Polly Peachum in Vancouver Opera’s production of Threepenny Opera, touring the multi media opera Constantinople by Christos Hatzis to London’s Royal Opera House, among other places, and recording and touring with jazz clarinettist Don Byron, in support of his Bluenote release, A Fine Line. Upcoming appearances include opening the 2007 season with Soulpepper Theatre Company playing the role of Polly Peachum in Threepenny Opera. She also has the good fortune to appear in television shows, such as her own Bravo! Special Live at the Rehearsal Hall, the Rhombus/CBC special Youkali Hotel, and the acclaimed Ken Finkleman Drama, Foolish Heart. Patricia is achieving her heart’s ambition to bring her distinctive brand of art/pop song performance to a broad-based audience.