MG O’Shea has also been a prolific solo artist under the name Kinjac, an experimental electro rock project that has garnered press from outlets like Bandcamp Daily. Since 2009 he has released 6 full-length albums and a smattering of EPs, singles and remixes as Kinjac and he writes, plays every instrument, and handles all audio production entirely himself.
MG O’Shea is very involved in politics and ran for Congress in 2020, becoming the first millennial to be on the NC-11 Democratic Party primary ballot, and is currently running for Chair of the NC-11 Democratic Party Executive Committee.
MG O’Shea holds a degree in Philosophy from The Honors College at Western Carolina University and wrote his thesis on the post-structuralist linguistic work of Jacques Derrida. After graduating in 2009, he got an offer to tour as the drummer for a 7-piece afrobeat band called Afromotive and began producing for other artists, eventually specializing in mixing/mastering as a freelance audio engineer.
Born in Asheville, NC, Michael Greer O’Shea’s upbringing was an unusual one. His father Chad O’Shea was a New Age minister who hosted spiritual figures like Ram Das during his 30 year career. His mother is a classically trained vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and bandleader who is a lifelong professional musician and his sister Kathryn O’Shea is a banjo-playing singer/songwriter. His cousin Meg Baird is also an acclaimed musician and their family’s roots in music and Appalachia go back centuries. Their great great uncle IG Greer was one of the earliest collectors of folk songs in WNC and emerged as one of the first nationally recognized authorities on mountain folk music and a building on App State is named in his honor. Dr. Greer also performed the ballads he collected, which resulted a recording on the Paramount label and several recordings for the Archive of American Folk Song by the Library of Congress Division of Music.
Despite his deep roots in the region, MG O’Shea has lived in Edinburgh, Scotland; Stockholm, Sweden; Nashville, TN; Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; and most recently Los Angeles, CA before returning to Asheville, NC to build out a permanent studio in his childhood home, which is where he is currently based.