My name is Mike O’Brien and I am passionate about teaching and mentoring through music.
My calling is to use my experience as a producer, worship leader, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist to come alongside musicians, helping them more fully worship God with their instrument and lives.
Contact me to talk about how we can raise the bar through virtual or on-site training for your worship ministry.
For 18 years I had had the honor of being the worship leader of Vineyard Community Church in Marietta, GA, preparing thousands of weekends and special services under the leadership of one pastor. I oversaw a collective of 25+ musicians called Poured Out Like Wine. Together, we have has recorded 7 albums with over 15 published songs with Vineyard Worship USA.
Much of my experience comes from working as a producer, engineer, and mixer at Lucko Sound Studio. I have enjoyed recording dozens of local church and singer-songwriter projects, since 1997, including Miami Vineyard Live, Not Be Moved and Shine on Us: Live from Cause Con. I love to make records and believe that the process of recording music is one of the most unifying and educational experiences through which a community can go. I am lucky enough to be able to produce from my home studio and travel to studios and churches around the world.
While currently a top contributor to WorshipTraining.com (an online training media library for worship teams), I have also done extensive worship team training throughout India. My heart is to come alongside the average “worship joe” in the trenches and help him or her champion a worship journey vision that serves the local church.
Here are some of the accolades presented by my peers:
Fellow worship leader, Jorge Respeto (Miami Vineyard Community Church) had these encouraging words: “He produced and mentored with such a high standard I felt like I couldn’t keep up, but he encouraged and believe in me to accomplish what I thought was impossible. He’s the most skilled, talented and gifted producer, songwriter and spiritual leader I have had the privilege to work within my life.”
Dan Wilt says, “Mike O’Brien is one of the church’s most articulate communicators on the topic of contemporary worship leadership. His ability to break down complex ideas into memorable phrases and move-forward practices is second-to-none. I wholeheartedly recommend that you have Mike into work with you, your musicians, and your techs. You won’t regret it; he carries the heart of worship deep within him – and it spills out everywhere.”
God has called me to serve the Vineyard Movement and the “church-at-large” with worship team training and album productions. My blog themikeo.com is focused on the practical heart and technical skills needed for the 21st-century worship leader.
I hold a B.A. in Music from Kennesaw State University and Master of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. I live in Atlanta GA with my wife Susan and son Ezekiel.
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