Cassady Southern is an Australian singer-songwriter, currently living in Sydney, whose songs blend the genres of blues, rock and soul.
Growing up her musical roots were inspired by her father John who fronted his own band and played with Oz rock pioneer Lobby Lloyde in the Coloured Balls.
John and Cassady's mother Jo immersed Cassady in a home dedicated to creating and sharing great music. She was introduced to the blues including Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as BB King, Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson, among many others. Musicians and producers were often house-guests and band practice was a regular fixture. Cassady learnt the piano and saxophone at a young age and sang in local community concerts.
Cassady took her music career to the next level in 2013 when she released her first EP ‘Don’t ask me’, 'Don't ask me' contains four original tracks as well as a cover of the Stones classic "No Expectations' and features Peter Northcote on guitar and the rock-solid rhythm section of Lloyd G and Dario Bortolin. It received airplay played on radio stations across the country including FBI and 3RRR and the opening track “Why didn't you want me?” was a finalist in the Rock category of the 2013 MusicOz Awards.
Cassady released her second EP “Heart” containing four new, original tracks, in November 2016. "Heart" features blues extraordinaire Wolf Mail, Reuben Alexander (William Crighton, Ratcat), Brad Fitter and Paul Najar and was recorded by Nick Franklin (Matt Corby, Miley Cyrus) and produced by Nick and Daniel Vanda (The Wrights, British India).
"Heart" received radio airplay on radio stations in Australia and around the world. Three of the four tracks on "Heart" were shortlisted in the Songsalive Australia songwriting competition and the EP made it in to the top 100 Triple J Unearthed Charts. It has received positive reviews including in Beehive Candy UK, Forbes Phoenix NSW and on Triple J Unearthed.
Says Alan Edwards of Seymour 103.9 FM:
"Cassady Southern is a wonderfully modern exponent of R & B, without losing its essential 'character and feel'. Her lyrics reach into and touch experiences that so many people have been through themselves. "Breakdown", and "I Liked It", are two catchy and very original pieces, that have featured on my show 'Musical Australiana', and received praise from my listeners."
Cassady’s songs are authentic and catchy. They are influenced by the rhythm and blues of her upbringing but with a very modern twist. In a breath she can take you from fist-pumping rock to a heartfelt ballad.
She is currently writing her first full-length album and playing around Sydney with her band.