CDB (band)

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Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres R&B, dance, vocal harmony
Years active 1991 (1991)–1999 (1999)
2006 (2006)–present (present)
Labels Epic
Past members

CDB are an Australian R&B, dance and vocal harmony quartet formed in 1991 with Andrew De Silva, Brad Pinto and his brother Gary Pinto, as well as Danny Williams. Their highest charting single was a cover version of Earth, Wind & Fire's "Let's Groove", which peaked at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart and number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart. "Hey Girl (This Is Our Time)" also reached number one in New Zealand. Their debut studio album, Glide with Me was released in November 1995. The group disbanded in 1999.

Musicologist Ian McFarlane said their "sound combined elements of R&B, soul and New Jack Swing tied to dexterous vocal harmonies and arrangements."[1]


Career beginnings: 1991–1999[edit]

CDB were formed in Melbourne in 1991 as a vocal harmony quartet by Andrew De Silva, Brad Pinto and his brother Gary Pinto, and Danny Williams.[1] CDB performed local gigs around Melbourne for three years including providing backing vocals for Peter Andre when supported Madonna on her Australian The Girlie Show World Tour. CDB signing to Sony in 1994.[1] CDB's first single "Hook Me Up" was released in October 1994 and peaked at number 11 on the Australian ARIA Charts. "Hey Girl (This Is Our Time)" was released in March 1995 and peaked at number 14 in Australia followed by a cover version of Earth, Wind & Fire's "Let's Groove" which peaked at number 2 in Australia.

CDB released their debut studio album, Glide with Me in November 1995, which debuted and peaked at number six on the ARIA Albums Chart and number 12 on the New Zealand Albums Chart.[2][3] "Let's Groove" and "Hey Girl (This is Our Time)" both peaked at number 1 in New Zealand in 1996.[3] "Don't Stop", peaked the top 30 in both Australia and New Zealand.[2][3] and the album was certified platinum.[1] At the ARIA Music Awards of 1996 "Let's Groove" won the Highest Selling Single category.[4] In New Zealand it was their second number-one hit.[3]

CDB promoted the album across Asia and toured South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Fiji[1] including a special concert with John Denver, celebrating the South Korean bid to host the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

In 1997, Jude Nicholas joined the group replacing Andrew De Silva, who needed to receive cancer treatment. "Good Times" was released in August 1997 and peaked at number 28 in Australia. CDB's second studio album, Lifted was released in November 1997. The album had a more pop-oriented sound and reached the ARIA top 50.[2] It provided three more singles "Back Then", "Let It Whip" and "So Badd". CDB then collaborated with Tommy Emmanuel and Renee Geyer. They disbanded in 1999.


In 2006 CDB were 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. In 2008, they released a cover version of Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)". The song was due to be the lead single from their third studio album, The Funk Sessions a covers album paying tribute to their heroes.[5][6] The album was however cancelled prior to release.[7]

The Essential CDB was released in October 2010 and included "P.Y.T.". In April 2017, the band announced they would release a new album titled Tailored for Now.

"This Is How We Do It", a cover of Montell Jordan's 1995 hit was released to radio in April 2017.

Solo work[edit]

  • Gary Pinto has worked as a vocal coach on several series of Australian Idol and The 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-times platinum hit "Boys like You", performed by Australian hip hop artist 360, who also performed on the night.
  • Andrew De Silva reached the top 40 with his solo single "Just Like Good Music" in 2005, but no album release eventuated. In 2012, he competed in the sixth series of Australia's Got Talent, and his audition was seen on Australian TV on 28 April 2012, where he received an enthusiastic "yes" from all three judges. He went all the way to win the grand final on 25 July 2012. De Silva supported Mariah Carey on her 2013 Australian tour and released the songs "Miracle" (2013), "I See the Future" (2015) and an EP Now That I Believe in 2015. De Silva joined Boom Crash Opera in 2016.[8]



Year Album details Peak chart positions
1995 Glide with Me 6 12
1997 Lifted
  • Released: November 1997
  • Label: Sony Music
2010 The Essential CDB
  • Released: 29 October 2010
  • Label: Sony Music
2017 Tailored for Now 28


Year Single Peak chart positions Certification Album
1994 "Hook Me Up" 11 Glide with Me
1995 "Hey Girl (This Is Our Time)" 14 1
"Let's Groove" 2 1 AUS: Platinum [9]
1996 "Don't Stop" 28 25
1997 "Good Times" 28 Lifted
"Back Then" 42
1998 "Let It Whip" 51
"After the Love Has Gone" (Tommy Emmanuel featuring CDB) 74 Collaboration (Tommy Emmanuel album)
1999 "So Badd" Lifted
"I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" (with Renée Geyer) 92 Sweet Life (Renée Geyer album)
2008 "P.Y.T" The Essential CDB
"—" denotes the single did not chart.


  1. ^ a b c d e McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'CDB'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 6 July 2002. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Discography CDB". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Discography CDB". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Winners by Year 1996". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 14 December 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "CDB **SHOW CANCELLED** Tickets". Mosh Tix. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "CDB". The Harbour Agency. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "The Essential". JBHiFi. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Dale Ryder Leaves Boom Crash Opera, Andrew De Silva Is The New Singer". Noise 11. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "1995 ARIA SINGLES CHART". ARIA. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 

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