John O’Brien’s Bio
John O'Brien was a very talented and gifted composer, songwriter, and programmer. He was an award-winning ASCAP composer and worked continuously in music, movies and television. At sixteen, John formed a punk band Bad Example, which played local venues around LA garnering a loyal fan base. Next, John joined a band called America's Hardcore.
In his twenties, John worked with the band, The Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., then met Bob Khaleel, and formed a band called Funk Mafia. Their second band, and consequently, second album together, was titled Super 8 which generated an even bigger fan base. Next, John collaborated with artist Poe on her second album, Haunted. John's ability to write, interpret, and elevate led to several creative ventures with music industry notables, including Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5, Avril Lavigne, Pink, Rob Thomas, John Fogerty, Chantal Kreviazuk and Brownstone.
John O'Brien's first composing job came in 2001, with the movie Made. In 2006, O'Brien composed additional music The Break-Up, which earned him an ASCAP Film and Television award the following year. Later came Wild West Comedy Show, Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Pineapple Express, Four Christmases and Couples Retreat and The Break-Up. John also scored the ABC series In Case of Emergency and Detroit 1-8-7. He was most recently working as a music supervisor on the NBC sitcom Up All Night.
John died unexpectedly leaving behind a pregnant wife and young child. In support of his family, the music community is having a concert to celebrate his life and to raise money for his family. All of the artists performing knew John and/or worked with him. They are all performing for free so they can raise money to support John's wife, new baby, and young son. Everyone who worked with John found his love and talent awe inspiring and they all want to return what little John gave everyday.