Stephen Bradley (musician)
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Stephen Bradley on vacation in Hawaii
|Born||August 23, 1972|
|Instruments||Trumpet, Keyboard, Vocals|
|Associated acts||No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, Oona Garthwaite|
Stephen Bradley (born August 23, 1972) plays the trumpet, keyboard, and sings in the band No Doubt. Influenced by Level 42, A Tribe called Quest, Stevie Wonder, and The Beatles, he grew up wanting to play the drums. Because his school band already had three drummers, he decided to play the trumpet because "I knew it only had three valves so I figured it (the trumpet) was simplistic enough and would be easy to pick up...it's one of the hardest instruments to play." He was born in Richmond, California.
When Phil Jordan left No Doubt in 1995 to go back to school, Stephen stepped in. This was after the recording of Tragic Kingdom. However, No Doubt was not his first band. Two of the bands Stephen contributed to were Dizzybam and The Good Life, which were local Bay Area bands. The bands had in common Benjamin Decker and Kerry James, while Dave Tweedie and Justus Dobrin were enlisted to round out the group. When Good Life came out of the studio they included long time East Bay stage manager Kirby Koepke in the project. The band released a five song EP, played a few shows and stayed together for over a year. Stephen collaborates with long-time friend and producer Dave Tweedie under the pseudonym Chocolate O'Brian Productions. Stephen has recently started a new project Jet Stream with fellow musicians and good friends Dave Tweedie, and Bijou Choder.
Stephen is also a music producer working on various projects in television (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Superstars of Dance, Bernie Mac) as well as working with a variety of recording artists (Flipsyde, Akon, No Doubt)
He also toured playing trumpet for The Smashing Pumpkins in December 2008.
Stephen has recorded with No Doubt, Green Day, Gwen Stefani, Sugar Ray as well as performing with Outkast, The Black Eyed Peas, The Specials, Sly and Robbie, Sting, Bounty Killer, Eve, Phantom Planet, Josh Groban, Shirley Manson, Katy Perry,(members of) Incubus, and Lady Saw.
- "The Stephen Bradley Page". Retrieved May 4, 2005.