Rhythms of a Lifetime: The Brian Cadd Story


Who is Brian Cadd?

Brian Cadd is an Australian music luminary renowned for his unparalleled talent as a singer, songwriter, and producer. With a career spanning decades and a repertoire that resonates with audiences worldwide, Brian  stands as a testament to the enduring power of music to move and inspire.

The Early Years in Perth

Born in Perth, Australia, Brian Cadd’s musical journey began at a young age, as he honed his craft and cultivated a deep passion for storytelling through song. His early influences ranged from the folk sounds of Bob Dylan to the rock ‘n’ roll energy of The Beatles, shaping his distinctive style and sound.

A Songwriter's Odyssey: Crafting Hits in the '60s Scene

In the vibrant Australian music scene of the 1960s and 1970s, Brian Cadd emerged as a prolific songwriter, penning hits that became anthems for a generation. His songwriting prowess and soulful vocals captured the essence of the era, earning him widespread acclaim and a devoted fanbase.

The Groop

Brian started out as a  member of 60s Melbourne band The Groop before forming Axiom, the band for which he wrote the hits ‘Arkansas Grass’ and ‘A Little Ray of Sunshine’ at the dawn of the 1970s. In 1972, the year he founded record label Bootleg Records, three of his solo recordings were included on the soundtrack of the cult surf movie Morning of the Earth. That year also saw Cadd take out the composer’s sections of the Hoadley’s National Battle of the Sounds competition and the Tokyo World Popular Song Festival with ‘Don’t You Know it’s Magic’, later released as a single by John Farnham. 

Solo Career

As a solo artist, Brian Cadd’s discography boasts an impressive array of chart-topping singles and critically acclaimed albums. From the infectious melodies of “Ginger Man” to the introspective balladry of “Let Go,” his music resonates with timeless appeal, transcending genres and generations.

Songwriting Success

Brian’s strength was his songwriting, which provided hits for various Australian acts. In the 80s he relocated to Los Angeles where he was successful in securing high-profile artists such as the Pointer Sisters and Gene Pitney to record his songs. In 1990 Cadd toured with Max Merrit And The Meteors and in 1991 he joined the line-up of the Flying Burrito Brothers. 

In 1993 Brian recorded an album with old Axiom bandmate Glenn Shorrock. Cadd, who teaches and lectures in Australia, is also the co-owner of the Streetwise Music Group. In 2005, he released his first studio album in over 20 years.

Resonating Legacy: Brian Cadd's Influence on Australian Music

In 2018, Brian became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to the music industry as a singer, songwriter, performer, mentor and producer, and to professional associations. Brian has given much back to the music industry, serving on the Music Industry Advisory Council, the Australian Music Foundation, and as a board member of Support Act.

Nearly six decades into his remarkable career, Brian remains entranced by the power of a great song. “Everyone is immediately 15 again,” he smiles. “It’s amazing how powerful music can be, taking you back.”

Dream Train

Today, Brian Cadd continues to captivate audiences with his soul-stirring performances and timeless music. His new offering  ‘Dream Train’ ia out now. It’s the country album he was always destined to make and represents a return to his roots, a homage to the genre he has always cherished. Reflecting on his musical journey, Cadd expresses a sense of fulfilment and excitement as he unveils his latest masterpiece.

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  1. Max Wallace

    I am a fan of all of Brian’s musical creations. This is a great interview. Thank you 🤩.

  2. Dennis Squires

    Another great Aussie talent! I’ve also grown up with Brian Cadd’s music. I’ve enjoyed all his music enormously but didn’t realise all the things he was doing in the background. What a talented musician, songwriter and producer. A great story and a great interview. Thanks!

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