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Downes Braide Association was fomed asa studio-based project by Geoff Downes and Chris Braide and has previously produced four studio albums: Pictures Of You (2012), Suburban Ghosts (2015), Skyscraper Souls (2017) and Halcyon Hymns (2021) and a live album Live In England (2019). The project draws on Downes’ and Braide’s rich musical heritage to create a delightfully accessible brand of progressive rock.
Keyboard wizard Geoff Downes was thrust into the limelight with the worldwide success of Video Killed The Radio Star in 1979. The single topped the charts in 16 countries for The Buggles duo of Geoff and Trevor Horn (vocals, bass guitar). They briefly joined prog legends YES before Downes became a founder member of the supergroup Asia with YES guitarist Steve Howe, ELP drummer Carl Palmer and the late John Wetton (vocals, bass guitar).
The Wetton-Downes composition “Heat Of The Moment” became a world-wide hit in 1982 heralding many years of success for Asia with their FM radio-friendly brand of rock. Downes later rejoined YES in 2011 and remains with the band alongside Steve Howe.
British singer-songwriter-pianist Chris Braide has recently returned to UK shores after many years based in California. He enjoys enormous success writing and producing music for film scores, advertising campaigns and working closely with artists including Sia, Lana Del Rey, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Paloma Faith, Britney Spears and Marc Almond.
An Ivor Novello award-winner and Grammy-nominated, Braide has recently won a BMI Pop Award in Los Angeles for co-writing Sia’s Unstoppable, her eighth US Top 40 hit after making a surprise, and long, rise to the top having been released in 2016, becoming the biggest selling single in the USA.
Downes Braide Association (DBA) announce the release of their long-awaited new album Celestial Songs on 8th September. Following their previous critically acclaimed studio albums, Celestial Songs will be the fifth DBA studio collaboration for Geoff Downes (keyboards) and multi award-winning songwriter Chris Braide (vocals). The album will be released in 3 formats: CD, 2LP and Box Set.
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2023 release. Geoff Downes is a legendary British keyboard player known the world over for being a member of supergroups The Buggles, Asia, and Yes. He has been the powerhouse behind some of the most memorable keyboard driven pop-rock-prog songs of the last 40 years. He has worked with an exceptional caliber of musician from Kate Bush and Mike Oldfield to Billy Idol and Agnetha Faltskog. Chris Braide is one of the greatest songwriters the UK has ever known, having worked with Sia, Hans Zimmer, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, Paloma Faith, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Kylie Minogue, and Lana Del Rey. Together, they form Downes Braide Association - a writing and recording partnership with a pedigree like no other. Celestial Songs is DBA's fifth studio album and contains 11 emotive, reflective and magical songs which address these changing times. The tracks are sometimes dark and brooding, reflecting the anxiety, frailty and confusion of our modern world. However, there are also shafts of vivid sunlight which break through and providing uplifting anthems of resilience, hope and love. As with previous DBA releases, the cover artwork has been painted by Roger Dean, arguably the most famous album cover artist in the world. The album also features a contribution from Braide's long-time friend and collaborator Marc Almond.
Featuring the hit single
“Your Heart Will Find the Way”
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Pictures of You (2012)
Suburban Ghosts (2015)
Skyscraper Souls (2017)
Halcyon Hymns (2021)
Celestial Songs (2023)
Live in England (2019)
Braide wrote, performed or produced songs on the following film soundtracks:
The Princess Diaries (2002)
Without a Paddle (2004)
St Trinian's (2007)
The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
Fifty Shades Darker (2017)
Wonder Woman (2017)
Gnome Alone (2017)
Vox Lux (2018)
Duck Duck Goose (2018)
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