Kim O'Leary - The Most Famous Singer You've Never Heard (Of)
Kim O'Leary used to perform to thousands of devotees of Guru Maharaj Ji (aka Prem Rawat). They sang along in ecstacy knowing each word and meditating over every note … in theory at least. She had a promising career but threw it away to sing the praises (literally) of a fat, 14 year old Indian fake-guru, probably the most ridiculous and unlikely guru ever known to man, or woman. Her songs were the soundtrack to Divine Light Mission's worship of the guru, she was Maharaji's Misery Minstrel.
She then spent decades using up her talent, writing and singing songs of desperate devotion and yearning for an "experience" that never quite eventuated and being paid peanuts for her "Service" until losing her looks and her voice and being too old to resurrect the career she never had she was dumped for His daughter, a younger, fatter and less talented singer. Daya Rawat now sang O'Leary's songs of adoration to Prem Rawat, the most famous (or infamous) person you've never heard of.
In the 1970s she sang to crowds of 20,000 and now, in 2023, she is followed on Spotify by 50 fans who are probably worshippers of Rawat's and this catastrophic "A Star Was Never Born" storyline was lived without her having any fun - no drug abuse, no sex scandals (well there was partner swapping), no personal jets, no massive mansions or fabulous financial rewards those were for Prem Rawat Himself - just hours of thinking about her breathing, poking her fingers in her eyes and her thumbs in her ears and sucking on her tongue under blankets in dreary rooms on uncomfortable pillows living in shared accomodation. She was bound to run out of inspiration eventually.
O'Leary has written a Self Help book drawn on her own life of decades of crippling anxiety and years of therapy once she was dropped from performing at Rawat's speeches to the ageing remnant of 1970s counter-culture dregs who flocked to His feet to bring Peace to the World. Prem Rawat's teachings promote a Catch 22 situation, he assures his devoteees that they could and should experience an enlightenment realisation by meditating on His Knowledge and worshipping Him and if they don't it's all their own fault. Pre-publication testimonials to her book by friends and associates stress the positive include "This book is a practical how-to guide for managing anxiety, drawn from a rich life of trial and error," "Kim gives autobiographical snippets to validate the often isolating feelings of anxiety that many people experience." Kim's anxiety and depression were well documented in her song lyricss for those who chose to look closely.