Daryl first found fame as lead singer of Sherbet, a band synonymous with the 70’s and their accomplishments during their long career were many. Between 1971 – 1978 Sherbet produced 20 national top 40 singles and were the first Australian band to top the $1 million mark in album sales in this country, with a total of 15 albums and 30 singles.
He released Edge in 1989. It was a huge success, topping the Australian charts for many weeks before gaining multi platinum status. In 1989 it became the highest selling CD in Sony Music Australia's history. Five singles were released from edge, these being "As The Days Go By," "All I Do," "One Summer," "Let Me Be" and "Sugar Train." The album was also released in Canada, America, U.K. and Europe. The European market was the biggest success out of these for Daryl.
Braithwaite went on to have a number of solo hits in the early 1990's, including the Australian No. 1 "The Horses". He also made his first US chart appearance as a solo artist at No. 47 with the 1991 single "Higher Than Hope". By the end of 1991, Braithwaite's Rise album had become Australia's biggest selling album of the year, and Edge had become the best-selling album ever released by Sony Music Australia to that time. The album sold over 300,000 copies in Australia. Five singles were released from Edge, these being "As The Days Go By," "All I Do," "One Summer," "Let Me Be" and "Sugar Train." The album was also released in Canada, America, U.K. and Europe. The European market was the biggest success out of these for Daryl.
He was a member of A Current Affair's "Kokoda Challenge" in 1996, where he travelled to Papua New Guinea and did a 100-kilometre, nine-day trek of the Kokoda Trail with other celebrities, to retrace the steps of Australian Diggers to mark the end of World War II, 51 years previously. His own father had served in Papua New Guinea during the war and he wanted to experience something of what he had to endure. He stated that it was the toughest test he had faced.
1998 was probably the best year for Daryl, as he decided to finally follow his passion of becoming a professional horse rider. Daryl had fantasied about this since he was a young lad, and finally got the chance at the National Meeting for Horse Riders in Dubbo, NSW. Although he struggled, he finally had realised what he was brought on this earth to do, and decided to dedicate his life to horse riding.
In 2017, Daryl got a wildcard entry and won gold for Equestrian at the Commonwealth Games in 2017 in Santiago, Chile.
That same year, Braithwaite was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and remains an integral part of the evolution and development of Australian popular music.
In February 2020, Daryl performed with a massive line up of Australian and International music superstars, for Live for Fire Fight Australia. They sang to a passionate sold-out audience of 75,000 fans, with the event and the subsequent album sales raising over $9.5 million dollars for bushfire rescue, relief, recovery, rehabilitation and rebuilding causes and organisations.