Adam Brand

It’s been a momentous 12 months for the ever-beaming Adam Brand. Having celebrated first-time fatherhood –Brand and partner Nui welcomed the arrival of baby Pepper back in May 2019 – Brand marked another towering milestone with his 50th birthday in late January, and even found time to appear on hit TV show The Masked Singer. All while poised to release landmark fifteenth studio album Speed of Life.

When Country Update caught up with the veteran Aussie songsmith in January, Brand had just returned to his Queensland stomping ground after appearing at this year’s Tamworth Festival.

Happily, Brand was well prepared for the upheavals of the past year – as he explains.

“I was pretty prepared ahead of time. I actually recorded the album in February, so by the time Pepper came along I’d finished it, I’d given it to ABC, and I said, Here you go: here’s the album – don’t bother me!So, they had it real early and I could just concentrate on spending time with my bub.”

I ask Brand how he’s adjusted to the demands of fatherhood. In typical fashion, it seems the tireless performer has risen to the challenge with gusto.

“I absolutely love it!” he says. “Whether it’s nappies, food going everywhere, waking up in the middle of the night, it doesn’t matter. I love it all. I don’t know if I’m a sucker or what, but I just absolutely love it.”

Right on cue, Pepper chortles over Brand’s shoulder…