Brady Blade was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, to the pastor of the Zion Baptist Church, Rev. Brady Blade Sr. and his wife Dorothy. At an early age Brady Jr. began playing music in the church and at community events, developing a passion for a wide range of musical styles. He worked for several recording labels before touring with Emmylou Harris in 1995 with the Spyboy Band. The group released a self-titled album three years later and toured around the world. Brady was active with Dave Matthews’ jam band project known as Dave Matthews & Friends as well as headlining for the Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2004. Two years later Brady recorded the album "Nashville" with fellow Oral History interviewee Solomon Burke.