Hudson Valley singer/songwriter Willa McCarthy has been an active performer in the Hudson Valley for more than a decade, most notably as a member of The Chris O’Leary Band.
She met acclaimed and award-winning singer/harp player Chris O’Leary a few years before he became the lead singer for Levon Helm’s Barn Burners. When O’Leary launched his own band in 2008 and invited her to join, she jumped at the chance. Of McCarthy, O’Leary has said, “she’s my favorite person in the world to sing with.”
McCarthy’s vocals are powerful and soulful and her band plays a mix of blues, funk, R&B and rock—including original and cover material.