CDB (band)

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"CDB" may also refer to as the Charlie Daniels Band, the band of American musician Charlie Daniels

CDB is an Australian R&B and dance group that started out in the 1990s, best known for their cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's "Let's Groove". Its original members were brothers Gary Pinto and Brad Pinto, as well as Andrew De Silva and Danny Williams. Jude Nicholas joined the group when De Silva left.

Career[edit]

Originally from the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, the band formed in 1991 as teenagers and performed local gigs for several years before being signed to Sony in 1994. Prior to this, the band provided backing vocals to Peter Andre and toured Australia with Andre when he supported Madonna. Their debut album was Glide With Me, from which the first two singles "Hook Me Up" and "Hey Girl" were successful. It was the third single, which launched them into the public. The group covered "Let's Groove" by Earth, Wind & Fire and it reached number 2 on the Australian singles chart in 1995 and selling over 70,000 singles. Glide With Me went on to generate 4 hit singles in total and went platinum. The group had success in south east asia and South Korea and headlined the South Korean bid for the World Cup in soccer with the late John Denver.

A second album, Lifted, was released in 1997. Jude Nicholas joined the group for this release, replacing Andrew De Silva. The album featured a more pop-oriented sound but was not as successful as their first. The album produced 3 singles. Several tracks on the second album were re-recorded to replace the vocals of De Silva with those of Nicholas. CDB then collaborated with Tommy Emmanuel and Renee Geyer.

In 2006 CDB was asked to reunite to play some charity shows, after which they reportedly reformed. The band went on to record songs for Myer shopping centre in the 2006 Spirit of Christmas album and for the ABC's Anthems of Australia initiative.

There was word of a third album being recorded but this did not eventuate.

After break-up[edit]

In 1999 the band broke up reportedly to concentrate on solo efforts. Since then Gary Pinto [1] has worked as a vocal coach on several series of Australian Idol and X-Factor and has worked extensively with Guy Sebastian, co-writing the hit Taller, Stronger, Better among other songs. Gary co-wrote the theme for World Youth Day 2008, Receive The Power with Guy and penned Behold The Cross which features on the WYD08 Official Soundtrack. Gary co-wrote and recorded the song 'Saint Mary MacKillop' for the Canonisation of Australia's first Saint, Mary MacKillop in 2010. He has toured extensively with Jimmy Barnes who recorded one of Pinto's tunes, originally written for his own album. Gary has recorded two further albums, one for his Music Ministry in schools - "As-U-R Volume 1" (2010) and also his solo album "Take Back Our World" (2010).

Brad Pinto was nominated as a writer for song of the year at the 2012 Australian Aria Awards for the four-time platinum hit Boys Like You, performed by Australian hip-hop artist 360 who also performed on the night.

Andrew De Silva [2] reached the top 40 with solo single "Just Like Good Music" in 2005, but no album release eventuated. He recently entered himself into Australia's Got Talent and was seen on Australian TV screens for his audition on Wednesday, 28 April 2012 where he got a resounding "YES" from the three judges. He went all the way to the Grand Finale on 25 July 2012, which he won.


A best-of compilation, The Essential CDB was released on Sony Music on 5 November 2010.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
[1]
NZL
[2]
1995 Glide with Me 6 12
1997 Lifted 45
2010 The Essential CDB

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
AUS
[3]
NZL
[4]
1994 Hook Me Up 11
1995 Hey Girl (This Is Our Time) 14 1
Let's Groove 2 1
1996 Don't Stop 28 25
1997 Good Times 28
1998 Back Then 42
Lifted
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (with Renée Geyer)
2008 PYT
"—" denotes the single didn't chart

Andrew De Silva (solo):

  • Just Like Good Music (2005) Aus#33
  • Can't Keep Me (2012) shown as Andy Murphy featuring Andrew de Silva
  • Beautiful Things (2012) - via iTunes

Gary Pinto (solo):

  • What The Day Brings (2001)
  • Higher (with Jimmy Barnes)
  • 'Take Back Our World' (2010)
  • As-U-R Volume 1 (2010)

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