Singer Maura O’Connell

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on June 20, 2004

I just rented Gangs of New York and could swear that was singer Maura O’Connell I saw and heard in the film. Was that her?

—Bridget F., Florida

Yes, that was Irish-born O’Connell appearing as a street singer in the Martin Scorsese film. In fact, it was Scorsese himself who chose the Grammy-nominated chanteuse for his film. The movie’s soundtrack, which included O’Connell, received a Grammy nomination as well. O’Connell first and foremost considers herself a singer and laughs at the notion that she’s a movie actress. Her newest Sugar Hill CD, Don’t I Know, has just been released.