Though it's been close to a decade since her last album, Jamie O'Neal -- who releases "Eternal" on Tuesday -- hasn't exactly been idle. She's had a few singles during that period, and has also lent her time and support to many younger female artists, such as Rachele Lynae. She tells Billboard that's an aspect of her career that she thoroughly enjoys.
"I've had so many young female artists come up to me at fairs and festivals asking to sing for me or to show me their lyrics. A lot of times when you're out there playing five shows a week, it's hard to do that. But, as I slowed down a bit being a mother, it just made sense. My husband is an engineer. We have a recording studio, and we're always playing music. It made sense to find those people with real talent, passion, and drive, and take them into the studio and help develop them. I get in there and produce, and really enjoy the whole process."
What does O'Neal see in many of these young artists? "I see a lot of me when I first came to town – just that burning and aching desire to get up on stage. I also see sometimes where it's more of the parents dream than it is the kids. I kind of back away from that. You've got to want it so much that it's all you can think about."