RISING STAR: Building Pictures

Discover ten things about the Derry songwriter kicking up a fuss in NYC

Building Pictures is the artist name of John Gribbin, a 25 year-old singer-songwriter from County Derry~Londonderry. He is the younger brother of Ciaran Gribbin, a Grammy nominated songwriter.

In 2008, the Northern Ireland Music Industry Commission (NIMIC) selected Gribbin to write music under the guidance of established songwriters like Iain Archer (Snow Patrol co-writer) and Eleanor McEvoy (a co-writer of A Woman's Heart, the fastest-selling album in Irelands history).

Since then, Gribbin's music has found its ways onto television, with ‘This Corner of the Room’ being selected for the soundtracks of Aislings Diary on RTE1 television in Ireland, and ‘Flat Mates' for RTP, Portugal’s leading public broadcast channel.

Two songs of Gribbin's, 'I'm Serious' and 'The Good Will Out' were used on the soundtrack of an online series by Newsweek.com entitled The District, which parodied Barak Obama's first 100 days as US president.

Gribbin provided backing vocals on the soundtrack of British film Heartless, released early 2010 and starring Jim Sturgess.


By the end of 2010, Gribbin had released three self-recorded EPs, all of which have received widespread airplay on Northern Ireland's BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio 1.

Gribbin spent the summer of 2009 in New York City gigging with his new-found Brooklyn band mates, and also made time to co-write some new songs with established pop writers who have penned songs for the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Robbie Williams.

In recent months, Gribbin was chosen by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) to be a guest artist on their tour of schools throughout Ireland to give young people guidance with songwriting, with Building Pictures also headlining a date on the IMRO Showcase tour.

Just recently, Building Pictures performed at the opening of the New York Cinemagic Film Festival, an event hosted by renowned actor and fellow countryman, Liam Neeson.

Gribbin currently resides in Brooklyn, where he has been busy performing and recording new music. A fifth EP from Building Pictures will be released soon. Watch this space for more information.

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