Brad Cole is an independent Australian contemporary country music singer / songwriter & performer. Cole was raised in Cowra & Young, western NSW. In his early teens his family relocated to Port Macquarie on the NSW mid north coast. He currently resides in the southern outskirts of Sydney.
Inspired by the songwriting and musical styles of acts such as The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Shania Twain, Little River Band, Keith Urban & Rick Price, Cole presents a colourful array of well crafted, melodically driven modern contemporary country music that reaches out to a broad spectrum of music fan.
In 2009 Cole teamed up with Sydney based VGM Music Management and The Roberts Network for the Independent release of his debut album 'Icebreaker' which was recorded & produced by Brisbane's Stuart Stuart (credits incl: Sheppard - Geronimo). Cole & Stuart brought in a stellar line up of Australia’s finest musicians to take part on this album.
Based on the official Australian Top 30 country music radio charts published by The Music Network (TMN), Cole's 2009 debut single 'Hits Me Like Lightning' reached #2 around Australia where it held this spot for 11 weeks. Cole's associated music video was filmed using the latest HD camera technology to hit Australia at that time with 'Hits me like lighting' being recognised by the National Film and Sound Archives of Australia as being Australia's very first FULL HD 1080P blu-ray music video by any Australian artist. His blu-ray music video was distributed and showcased at a number of Harvey Norman and Good Guys retail stores to help demonstrate their latest HD TV & blu-ray player technology to their customers.
In 2009 Cole's self penned 2nd release 'Come Home' debuted in its first week in at #2 on The Music Network National Top 30 country radio charts and stayed there for another 8 weeks behind Taylor Swift and her world wide smash hit 'Love Story'. Come Home also crossed over into adult contemporary radio charts with The Music Network publishing that Come Home was the 3rd most added song on all Australian Radio alongside the world's best pop songs that were released at the same time.
At The 2009 Tamworth Country Music Festival, Cole won an Australian Country Music Peoples Choice Award for 'Most promising new artist'.
In 2010 his 3rd self penned single 'Hold me in your arms tonight' reached #3 on The Music Network National Top 30 country radio charts and stayed there for another 8 weeks once again only behind singles from US superstars Keith Urban and Taylor Swift. Cole performed 'Hold me in your arms tonight" at a major Australian ballroom dance competition involving a number of the cast from popular Australian TV show Dancing With The Stars.
Dancing With The Stars Cast
In 2010 Cole is announced as an Australian Finalist at the prestigious APRA Songwriter Awards for 'Most Played Country Work on Australian Radio and TV' with his single 'Come Home'. Cole is up against the cream of Australian country music acts - The McClymonts, Adam Brand and Troy Cassar Daley. Based on APRA and TMN radio play log statistics, Brad Cole was reported as being the 'most played independent country music artist' on Australian radio during the period of his three single releases off his debut Icebreaker album.
Cole is acknowledged by many in the Australian music industry as one of Australia’s most dynamic male country music singer / songwriters / performers with leading Sydney breakfast radio announcer Alan Jones claiming that Brad Cole has 'One of the best male voices in the Australian country music industry" with similar sentiments shared by Super Radio Network breakfast radio announcer Grant Goldman who quoted live on air that: 'Cole is one of the most requested artists by listeners on The Super Radio Network". Greg Parkinson music director of Grant Broadcasters (Hot Country) says : "Brad Cole and his music is highly regarded across our network with his slick brand of contemporary country music".
It is said within the Australian music industry that Cole is responsible for introducing an exciting and definitive style of home grown contemporary country pop music within the Australian music scene with songs such as: Hold me in your arms tonight, Hits me like lightning, Come Home and others. At The 2013 Australian Independent Music Awards held at the Sydney Opera House, legendary Australian performer Kamahl presented Cole with a special Music Industry Award for outstanding country music works, recognising Cole's contribution within the Australian country music scene.
At the 2014 Australian Independent Music Awards held at Sydney Star City Casino, Cole was voted Australian runner up for 'Best Live Australian Performance' with his quirky self penned tune 'Brazilian'.
In 2014 Cole attended the Australian Songwriters Awards and performed the winning Australian song 'My Outback Heartland'.
Cole has spent time in Nashville collaborating with US songwriters as well as prominent Nashville guitarist Rich Eckhardt (Toby Keith Band ) who performed with Cole at a profile Nashville music industry showcase event. Whilst in Nashville Cole recorded some yet to be released material with Rich Eckhardt & others.
Future releases are in the pipeline.