Spady’s songwriting career
A sixth-generation Floridian, Spady grew up playing the East Coast club scene from Jacksonville to Miami. He left the shores and beaches of Florida for the bright lights and nightlife of New York City. After a short stint in the Big Apple he moved on to LA where the livin’ was easy and the girls are pretty. In 1974 his musical journey led him to Music City.
His original Florida group, “Peace & Quiet” was re-forming in Nashville, and within a week, he was there; renowned studio musicians and producers known today were in that group: Biff Watson, Chris Leuzinger, Spady & Garth Fundis. Spady’s early influences were Elvis, Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and the Curtis Brothers. After his first Curtis Brothers concert, 16-year-old Spady went backstage to learn how he could “do this”, and by age 17, he was on tour with The Curtis Brothers.
Since then, Spady has been on the road, on a tour bus, on the stage and in the studio. He’s played behind some of the biggest names in the business, on some of the world’s largest stages. He’s also toured with Crystal Gayle, Buffy St Marie and Reba McIntyre, playing in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Thailand, and across Europe, the US and Canada.
Considered an A-list Musician’s Musician, Spady’s played in studios for more than 30 years, recording with Tammy Wynette, Sammi Smith, Jack Clement, Waylon Jennings, Eddie Rabbitt, Crystal, Reba, Kenny Rogers, Andy Griggs, Phil Vassar, Bekka Bramlett, Mindy McCready, Ricochet & more.
Spady has penned hits for Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Trisha Yearwood, Anetha Faltskog (ABBA), Don Williams, Engelbert Humperdinck and Highway 101. In 1985, ASCAP awarded him the #1 Country Record Award for “Real Love” by Dolly & Kenny, and in 1986, he again won the same award for “Think About Love” by Dolly Parton. In 1986 he also had a #1 European hit, “Once Burned, Twice Shy” by Agnetha Faltskog of Abba.
Spady has two cd’s of his own music, inspired by the extraordinary events of his life. He is a phenomenal bass player, and actually a musician of “all things strings”. His novel, The Touch, is available on Amazon, and he is currently working on his second book, Return of the Navigator.