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For over 45 years, John O’Brien has been known for creating music and performing live acts. John O’Brien is a living legend with a soulful and environmentally conscious ability to express themselves through the power of pop, rock, and folk music, as well as create an intriguing thread of thoughts and pictures with words with his latest single Mother Ocean.
Inspired by his mother’s love of art and nature, this unique music project, titled “Mother Ocean” by John O’Brien has an end goal of simply connecting people from all over the world with environmental and climate justice through music.
The meaningful lyrics in this song are truly soulful and display emotional narratives of environmentally-conscious driven stories, open to personal interpretation from the listener, which helps in creating a bond between the music and listener, that builds a strong listener base!
Modern Soulful Music Awards (MSM:) What do you think makes you stand out from all the other aspiring and upcoming artists in your genre of music?
John O’Brien (JB:) I’ve been at it since I was 7 performing and so on. When I was younger in the 60s I went through a long phase as a writer and performer of folk songs and I found myself learning to tell stories as folk singers do. I took that drive into rock and pop and wrote and produced still writing in that style. My new album was released about 3 weeks ago. Love’s Vexations:
MSM: If you could collaborate with ANY artist/band… Who would you choose and why?
JB: Charlie Puth. He is just incredible in every respect that I can imagine as a writer and producer. Also, Donald Fagen, I learned every song on Steely Dan’s first four albums. Now that was an education!!
MSM: What do you think is your biggest Advantage and your biggest Disadvantage being an Indie artist?
JB: Advantage: Total Freedom! Disadvantage: Being required to fight like hell to be heard.
MSM: Do you prefer the Independent route or would you rather sign to a major record label, and why?
JB: I am off on a tour in the UK July 19-31 and I hope my concerts will provide me with a springboard. Since I’ve never been offered or have sought a label partner, I’ll just stay where I am unless the right situation presents itself.
MSM: Out of all the songs you’ve released, what do you think is your best song and why?
JB: Probably “The Spider’s Love Web” since it sort of captures the new writing and production style I’ve gotten into since the pandemic. It’s on the new album. I also love two others on the new album, “Siboney” and “Sweet Ballet”. However, when I’ve been rehearsing for the tour, it is Mother Ocean that really moves me. I wish the world could hear it.
MSM: Between creating in the studio OR performing live on stage, which is your most enjoyable one and why?
JB: I haven’t performed live on stage in 3 years and I love studio work. My new album is my 4th studio album. I’m about to find out since I’m performing in concerts in 6 UK cities starting in a couple of weeks. Mother Ocean is a prominent song on the set list.
MSM: What would you consider the most successful or proudest moment in your music career, so far?
JB: Coaching children and teenagers on how to pursue being a musician in a way that is healthy. I sincerely believe that every child should be provided with an instrument as soon as they are able to make any sense of it. It teaches math, culture, and most of all self-expression.
MSM: What inspires you the most about the music industry these days?
JB: Just my ability to express myself, I think the inspiration is why I want children and teenagers to grab into it while they have a chance to express their feelings and thoughts.
MSM: If you weren’t in the music business or industry, what do you think you would be doing with your life instead?
JB: What I do to make an actual living income now (LOL!). I’m an environmentalist and I know the law and testify in legal proceedings to protect the environment and stop climate change.
In the music industry, attaching a strong brand to music is extremely important. We think that John O’Brien is definitely on the right track in this regard. Here at Modern Soulful Music Awards, supporting artists is our #1 priority, we kindly ask you to check out the legendary John O’Brien.