Judds’ “Grandpa” Songwriter Jamie O’Hara Diagnosed With Aggressive Cancer
Facebook / Lola White
Hitmaking songwriter and former member of country duo O’Kanes has revealed his diagnosis with an aggressive form of cancer.
Singer-songwriter Jamie O’Hara is known for his work all throughout the genre of country music, but he is best known for his work as a songwriter on hits for folks like The Judds, Gary Allan, and many other artists. Along with that, he performed with Kieran Kane as country duo O’Kanes in the late 1980s.
While working with Kieran as part of their duo, they scored six top-ten hits including their No. 1 song “Can’t Stop My Heart from Loving You” which peaked in 1987 off their self-titled debut album.
As a songwriter, he’s penned hits like “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days)” and Ronnie McDowell’s “Older Women” along with “Man to Man” by Gary Allan – all of these were written by O’Hara alone and have become an everlasting part of country music history. To say he is incredibly talented would be an understatement!
In a Facebook post written by O’Hara’s wife, Lola, she shares the sad news of his diagnosis and outlook.
“It is with deep sorrow, dear friends, that I must tell you that my husband Jamie, the love of my life, has been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, that has us measuring his life in weeks.”
“Something about making such an announcement in this format seems very wrong, but there are so many people who should know and so little time to contact everyone individually. I apologize for that, but I did want you to know. My heart is shattered, and I’m spending every moment I can with him.”
It is heartbreaking to hear of such a diagnosis and our thoughts and prayers are with Jamie, Lola, their loved ones and his fans during this difficult time.
Watch the videos below that share his incredible talents of both songwriting and singing.