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"...an indie-Springsteen via Brandon Flowers taking a cruise through a hot desert in a convertible Cadillac" (Ben Preece -Timeoff)
Chris Brady is an honest and fearless singer/songwriter, whose haunting voice and stealthy pop savvy continue to resonate and surprise long after one's first listen.
Brady's style embraces a knowing nod in the direction of past musical luminaries (The Beatles, The Doors, Pink Floyd, and without inferring has-been status, Neil Young) but both his feet are firmly stamped in the present.
Songwriting success came early in Brady's career with a win in the Triple M unsigned find competition for Queensland in 2000 for his band Jilted. Jilted had more success in 2001 with a Top Ten Finalist win for the Channel V (Australia/New Zealand) unsigned find Leg Up competition both times with songs written by Chris.
The former Jilted frontman cut his songwriting teeth in the local punk-rock scene, then expanded his repertoire to include session performances with some of Brisbane's best-loved acts, including Bernard Fanning, Andrew Morris, Halfday, The Boat People and James Grehan. These cameos have seen Brady tour nationally countless times, most recently as bass player / backing singer with Andrew Morris and the Dry Bones.
Brady has continued to write and perform his own original material, culminating in the recording of two CDs of beautifully constructed, emotive, soul-pop music.
"'Everytime' stands out as a slice of breezy, feel-good 60s pop that could well pass as a Beatles B-side." (Justin Grey - Timeoff)
Brady's first CD, an independent EP called Mexican Eyes came out in 2006. With a light, beachy feel that belies its underlying yearning and melancholy, the first single Happy enjoyed radio airplay on TripleJ's Roots'n'All show, as well as on Brisbane's 4ZzZ.
The film clip for Mexican Eyes has been played eight times on the popular video show Rage and the song has had numerous plays on community radio around Australia.
Mexican Eyes has also been selected by A&R Worldwide to feature on the Musexpo Compilation CD that comes out in April to expose selected artists to the biggest music industry contacts in the world and coincides with the Musexpo Conference in held in LA in April/May.
Brady's debut long player, Satellites, featuring some songs from Mexican Eyes as well as a wealth of newer material, was released in February 2007. The first single off the album Let you in was played on Triple J's Home & Hosed show.
Satellites was the feature album on Brommers Homebrew Radio Show(Feb 26) syndicated to 33 community radio stations around Australia and Chris was the Aussie artist of the week on Sydney's 2RDJ Andrew Beale show(Feb 25). Chris was also featured and interviewed on ABC Darwin, PBS Melbourne, Highlands FM, 4ZZZ and Radio Port Douglas.
Satellites went to no. 9 in the 4ZZZ top 20 in its first week of release and as high as no. 3 the next week.
"The record sounds like George Martin and Phil Spector combined!" (Tony M drive time DJ - 4ZZZ fm 102.1)
Chris also writes for Brisbane's only publishing company MFM. His music is used for a whole range of programs made for Channel 10.
Chris's song Satellite was used for two Courier Mail documentaries featured on their website.
Chris's song Frenchie is being featured on The Orchard's new compilation for the launch of its Asia/Pacific Publishing office in Melbourne.
As a session performer, Brady has a wealth of experience rare in one so young, having played many of Australia's premier rooms as well as major festivals.
As a soloist, he has supported the likes of Mia Dyson, The Beautiful Girls, The Gin Club, Andrew Morris, Tyrone Noonan, Palladium, Shifter, Paul Greene, Loren, Sean & Bronwyn of The Spoils, Halfday and Christian Pyle (Acre). Chris regularly plays at Brisbane indie music institutions The Zoo, Ric's and The Troubadour, and has also showcased his original material at various clubs in Sydney and Melbourne including The Espy, Bar Open and The Wesley Anne, Bar Me and the Bondi Beach Rd Hotel.