Cassady Southern is a songwriter whose songs blend blues, rock and soul.
Cassady's original songs are catchy, yet authentic. Through her use of storytelling lyrics, haunting melodies and crafty arrangements, her songwriting transports listeners through the vulnerabilities and emotions of life.
Cassady's appreciation for real music and instruments is evident in her tracks and she performs with a stellar 4-piece band, the Band of Mercy, who are all highly talented and experienced musicians and who bring Cassady's songs to life.
Cassady was always destined for a life of music. Her father John played in Lobby Lloyd's Coloured Balls as well as writing music himself and fronting bands of his own. Band practice was a regular fixture for Cassady and musicians and producers were frequent guests.
Cassady played saxophone as a young teen and then developed her singing abilities in her later teen years while sitting at the piano. She wrote her first song at 15 also sung at various community events in her local town in Victoria.
Cassady took her song writing to the next level releasing her debut EP “Don’t Ask Me” in 2012, which featured the talents of Peter Northcote, Dario Bortolin (Baby Animals), Lloyd G and others. “Don’t Ask Me” showcased four original tracks as well as a version of the Stones classic "No Expectations. The opening track “Why didn't you want me?” a finalist in the Rock category of the 2013 MusicOz Awards.
In 2016 Cassady released her second EP “Heart”. Containing four new original tracks, "Heart" featured blues extraordinaire Wolf Mail and Reuben Alexander (William Crighton, Ratcat), and was recorded by Nick Franklin (Matt Corby, Daniel Johns, Miley Cyrus) and produced by Nick and Daniel Vanda (The Wrights, British India) at the legendary Hercules Street Studios.
"Heart" has received positive reviews, been added to radio playlists across both Australia and internationally, and featured on the top 100 Triple J Unearthed Charts. All the tracks on “Heart” easily stand on their own merit, with the single “Breakdown” a standout.
Cassady and the Band of Mercy are currently playing around Sydney to enthusiastic crowds and are planning Australian and European tours to coincide with the release of new music in 2020.