Canadian-born, award-winning songwriter/composer Gerald O’Brien has successfully spent his career, spanning the past three decades, writing across all genres of music, including an extensive background in television. The versatile O’Brien has recently written for the hit TV series’ Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Rachel Ray, The Doctors and many other notable events including: the Tour De France, Calgary Stampede, the 1998 Winter Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Series, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, the PGA Tour, as well as numerous animated TV series.
During his illustrious career as a songwriter, Gerald penned songs for Hall & Oates, Manhattan Transfer, Amanda Marshall, Deborah Harry, Loverboy, The Guess Who, Glass Tiger, Michelle Wright, while, in just the past five years alone, his songs have been recorded by Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Ronnie Milsap, and many others. In 2010, he co-wrote five songs on the new Sons of Sylvia CD, entitled “Revelation,” on 19Recordings/Interscope. Three of those five songs were also co-produced by O’Brien, along with music partner, Catt Gravitt, in his Nashville studio. In 2011, he cowrote the Debut single for new Country band ‘Edens Edge’ on Big Machine Records, called AMEN, which reached #18 on BillBoard and was on the charts for 11 months. Most recently, Gerald co-wrote and co-produced ‘What A Song Can Do’ for Rachel Crow’s (XFactor Finalist) Debut EP, which was released in June 2012.
O’Brien has also received awards for Song of Year by CMPA, SOCAN’s Classic Song Award, while being nominated for two Juno awards (Canada’s version of the Grammy’s). Gerald comprises one half of the accomplished instrumental duo “Exchange” (along with Steve Sexton), which has achieved commercial success through the release of their six albums together dating back to 1989.