Mary Margaret O'Hara's debut album Miss America was released in 1988 by Virgin Records to great critical and popular acclaim in Canada and Europe. Mary Margaret followed up in 1992 with a Christmas EP, and in 2000 she composed and recorded the soundtrack to the feature film Apartment Hunting with Bill Robertson. This disc is largely considered her second solo album, despite protestations to the contrary, and is every inch as beautiful as anything she has released to date.
Mojo Magazine in the UK has listed Mary Margaret as one of the top 100 'cult music' heroes of all time and Miss America as one of the top 100 albums of the 20th Century. Canada's Chart Magazine recently listed "Miss America" as the 14th best Canadian album of all time. NOW magazine of Toronto named Miss America the #3 album of the last twenty years.
During a 1999 R.E.M. concert in Toronto, Michael Stipe brought Mary Margaret on stage and declared her a 'national treasure'. Other artists who are said to fans of hers include Radiohead, Dave Matthews and Rickie Lee Jones (to name just a few).