Boston based singer/songwriter Chris O'Brien is an artist on the rise. Since
the release of his CD "Lighthouse," Chris has caught the attention
of many. He was chosen from a pool of nearly 1,000 contestants to appear
on Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion" in the "People
in Their Twenties" talent contest, he was one of Falcon Ridge Folk
Festival's Emerging Artists, and also was also a finalist in the Mountain
Stage New Song competition and on the local Boston front Chris headlined
at Club Passim. In addition to all that, Chris also appeared at a Farm Aid
event and a big benefit show for the ABC show "Extreme Makeover Home
Edition" for a deserving family in Vermont.
Chris OBriens debut CD, Lighthouse, produced by
OBrien, Austin Nevins and Ethan Baird, was recorded at Glowdog studios
in Georgetown, MA. It features some of the finest musicians in the Boston
area. Guitarist Austin Nevins (Deb Talen, Edie Carey), Zack Hickman (Josh
Ritter) on Bass, John Sands (Aimee Mann, Lori McKenna) on Drums, Sam Kassirer
(Josh Ritter) on piano and keyboards and Singer/Songwriters Antje Duvekot
and Frank Marotta Jr providing backing vocals, bring this record to life
and fully expose the depth of OBriens songwriting.
O'Brien first took to the guitar after seeing Shawn Colvin and the Indigo
Girls in concert when he was twelve. Struck by his passion to learn the
guitar, family friend Dar Williams sat down with Chris and taught him to
play some of his first chords.
Chris OBrien grew up surrounded by music and musicians. He was raised
on a steady diet of Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. Influenced
by Martin Sexton, David Gray, Richard Shindell and, of course, Dar Williams,
he began crafting his own songs at the age of 14.
Chris has shared the stage with such artists as David Wilcox, Brian Webb,
Meg Hutchinson, Antje Duvekot, Vance Gilbert, Mark Erelli, Ryan Montbleau,
Rachael Davis, Anne Heaton, Jess Klein, Gregory Douglass, Jake Armerding
and many others.