A red-hot music artist whose powerful vocals will take over your soul and has way better hair than you, Mr. Conrad Sewell has been a force to be reckoned with ever since he left his native Australia and headed stateside to link up with DJ Kygo to record a little tropical house groove called, “Firestone.”
Born in Brisbane, Australia, Mr. Sewell grew up in a musical family and became interested in singing at a very young age. By the age of eight, he had already started recording demo songs with goals in mind in a becoming a top-notch pop singer. At the age of 16, Sewell auditioned for the second season of Australian Idol but failed to make the cut, so instead, he spent his high-school years playing in various local bands, including forming the rock ensemble Sons of Midnight, who ended up signing with Universal Germany.
Although the group had a hit overseas with “The Fire,” Sewell eventually left the group and relocated to sunny Los Angeles to pursue a solo career, which led him into the headphones of Kygo. From “Firestone,” Sewell began working on his own material, and last year released two debut singles, “Hold Me Up” and “Start Again,” which are just a few of the tantalizing tracks on his debut E.P, All I Know.
If the impending weather doesn’t keep them from stopping by this weekend, Sewell will be taking the stage with the lovely Jess Glynne at the Union Transfer, which will most likely play out as a night that will warm Philly up to its live music score. For those that are immersed in all things Conrad Sewell, know that besides simply owning all that hair, this gentlemen has got a voice that will put you in the mood to make some music babies no matter where you are…and Philly Mixtape has these five reasons why to prove this music hypothesis to be absolutely true.
1.His new single “Who You Lovin” will take you upstairs to the music bedroom and have its wicked way with you…What do you get when you mix in a touch of Michael Jackson, a dash of Ne Yo and add a bass heavy bedroom ready beat? You get “Who You Lovin,” the fiery lead single off of Mr. Sewell’s hot-to-headphones E.P.. Throw in a thunderous middle breakdown stacked with that voice, and you’re getting down to one of the first great pop singles of 2016.
2….as will the rest of his debut. One of the first albums of the year that should be all up in your 2016 playlists, All I Know is short, sweet, full of life and flows along more freely than Mr. Sewell’s gorgeous blonde mane. Armed with big pop hooks, light guitar riffs, tropical house influences (and in the case of opener “Start Again,” a box of tissues), each track takes on a different genre and feel, but there isn’t a song on the bunch that mainstream radio certainly couldn’t take a hold of, and that’s the best part of it all.
Listen for yourself below.
3.Because he and Kygo are keeping their music bromance blooming this year…One of the biggest tropical house singles of 2015 was “Firestone,” an island kissed banger cooked up by young as f#$k Kygo (he’s 22 and straight up making it his own, kids), which also features on-point vocals from Sewell. As evident in its nearly half–a-billion streams on Spotify, “Firestone” stormed charts all over the music globe, where it went on put both gentlemen further on the music map.
Luckily for us, the boys are continuing to keep their music bromance going and are heading on a joint tour this year (along with special guest MØ,) and while there’s no Philly stop on the books as of yet (their traveling to a few stateside stops first and then heading overseas), let’s hope they pop by for a visit because a Kygo/Conrad Sewell/MØ show in the summer would just be everything and more.
4.Because the pairing of him and Jess Glynne is just magical. As if the dreamy tones of Sewell’s angelic vocal chops won’t be enough of a live show experience to take in, he’ll be followed by the incredibly talented and fascinating Jess Glynne. And for those who fell in love with her either from Route 94’s “My Love,” Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be,” or on any one of the heavenly tunes off of her debuts set I Cry When I Laugh, know that this girl can saaang. All meaning, this is one Philly show that’s not to be missed, with or without the (ugh) impending blizzard of ’16.
5.Because we must always respect our Australian music talent. What do Kylie Minogue, AC/DC, INXS, Olivia Newton-John, Met at Work and the highly underrated Betty Who all have in common? Along with Sewell, these tremendous music artists all hail from the land of kangaroos, Foster’s beer and Crocodile Dundee, with each of theme bringing their own sassy flair that could truly only be conceived from the music land down under.
Just imagine a music world without “Dancing Queen, ” “Physical,” “Fade to Black,” “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” and “Down Under,” it just wouldn’t be the same. Mr. Sewell is well on his way to becoming a part of that prestigious Aussie list that should always garner your music respect.