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Judge for Chris O'Brien

Somerville, MA
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Portrait of Chris O'Brien
Boston based singer/songwriter Chris O'Brien is an artist on the rise. Since the release of his February 2007 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. The next week "Lighthouse" was the #5 Bestselling Folk Record on iTunes April 21-27.

2007 Highlights:

Finalist "A Prairie Home Companion" People In Their Twenties Talent Contest

Nominee, 2007 Boston Music Awards "Local Male Vocalist of the Year"

Grand Prize Winner WMVY radio "Fresh Produce" Sampler

Emerging Artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Finalist Mountain Stage "New Song" Contest

Summer Concert appearances for ABC-TV "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition", and Farm Aid 2007

"As a music fan, I live for those moments when I hear a performer for the first time and detect unmistakable magic. It happened with Shawn Colvin in 1989 and Patty Griffin in 1996. Last summer, O'Brien caught my ear he''s an uncommonly talented lyricist, with a voice that feels comfortable and familiar at first listen.

-Michael Witthaus Eagle Times, Springfield, V

"Lighthouse is full of beauty, optimism and, well, light.

-Performing Songwriter Magazin

Chris O'Brien's debut CD, "Lighthouse", produced by O'Brien, 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 O'Brien's songwriting.