Emmy-Nominated Composer - Guitarist, Songwriter and Producer, living in Seattle, Washington
Born in November 1962 and raised in north Idaho, Grady began playing acoustic guitar at age 11 and knew almost immediately that music would be the direction he would go in life. By age 14 he was playing occasional club gigs in his father Gary’s weekend country band and at 15 was packing a Telecaster and Fender Pro Reverb and happily gigging steadily on weekends in a country-rock group, Sunrise. That gave way to touring the northwest, Canada and Alaska at age 17 in various cover bands, honing his rock, pop and country guitar skills until 4 years later, in 1984 at age 21, he set out for the Los Angeles area to pursue a career in the original music world.
Soon he was busy writing and recording with 3 different groups (Curt Wilson and Modern Art, Fabian-Wade and Felix & The Katz), showcasing in clubs up and down Sunset Blvd in quest of the elusive record deal. Close many times, but no proverbial cigar, Grady turned more toward developing his own songwriting and bought a 12-track recorder to cut demos on, some of which would wind up on television years later.
He opened and ran his own rehearsal/demo studio (Red Hat Studios) in Fullerton, Ca. in the late 80’s, recording and producing demos for groups such as No Doubt, O.C. punkers The Adolescents, Joyride, and Rik Agnew’s Yard Sale, while also continuing to write and record his own material and working as session and gigging guitarist for hire.
During the nineties, Grady continued writing and recording original songs, freelancing as guitarist for hire, and producing and playing on demos and albums for Randy Allaire (from Michael Jackson’s BAD touring band), Nashville veteran Gail Chasin, among others and also co-wrote, recorded and produced two albums with his father. He and his father had a song (Old Loggers Never Die) featured on the documentary The Forest Wars in 1995. Grady and his song Any Good Daddy were featured on television's American Justice in 1996 and on ABC's Save Our Streets 1997.
Although a record deal never materialized in those California years, many priceless memories, milestones and friendships were made, none of which would have transpired had it not been for the love of the guitar and music. Speaking of friendships, Grady met monster guitarist and fledgling composer Randall Crissman in the early nineties when Randall joined a project Grady was putting together around his own songs and a solid friendship was made. Grady’s firstborn daughter came around this time, with a second little girl just 20 months later, Grady and family moved back to north Idaho. Leaving the big music mecca of L.A. was not considered an abandonment of one’s music career then as the dawning of the internet was happening around this time and musicians were becoming intrigued by the idea that you could live almost anywhere and conduct much of your music business (remote sessions, co-writes, demo submission, composing) over the web.
From time to time over the years Randall would use Grady’s songs on his television projects, sometimes mentioning that it would be great to work on a project together someday.
Fast forward to several years later, Grady moved to Seattle in 2006 and began gigging around town and making the occasional flight out of town as a sideman, finally landing with the retro country group Knut Bell and the Blue Collars in 2011, playing steady gigs of all types, making radio appearances (KEXP, KJRFM) occasionally touring and recording 2 albums, Blue Hydrangeas and 1551. The band took 3rd place in King 5’s best of the Northwest bands in 2014.
Also submitting material for television during this time he landed one of his instrumental songs (Passing Through) on CMT’s Cribs George Jones segment plus providing several cues for CMT’s Trick My What? with John Schneider. He also composed music for the movie The Hurt Game (2015) by film maker Steven Keller.
In 2015, ol’ buddy Randall called Grady to see if he’d like to try his skills at helping with underscore for Nickelodeon’s hit cartoon Blaze and the Monster Machines, which utilizes energetic blazing rock guitar (pun possibly intended) mixed with colorful orchestration in support of this humorous, educational (STEM) fun and charming show. It has turned out to be a wonderful experience, and Grady has discovered a real love of and talent for cartoon composing. He has contributed underscore to the last 2 1/2 seasons (50 episodes) of Blaze, and the show was nominated for an Emmy in 2018 for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition. Season five began in Spring of 2019 with another 20 episodes of fun!
In March of 2019 Grady released an album of original instrumental songs (available as a cd or download on this site and at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and streaming on Spotify, Pandora, etc.
Radio promotion will begin in Summer 2019.