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Conrad Ignatius Mario Maximilian Sewell (born 31 March 1988) is an Australian singer and songwriter. Sewell is best known for his vocals on Kygo's single "Firestone" and his number-one single "Start Again".

Conrad Sewell
Conrad Sewell, 2016 TV Week Logie Awards (cropped).jpg
Sewell at the 58th Annual TV Week Logie Awards in 2016
Background information
Birth nameConrad Ignatius Mario Maximilian Sewell
Born (1988-03-31) 31 March 1988 (age 31)
OriginBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2014–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteconradofficial.com

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2015, he won Song of the Year for "Start Again" and was nominated in two other categories: Breakthrough Artist and Best Pop Release. His debut studio album Life was released in May 2019.

Early lifeEdit

Growing up in Brisbane, Sewell started pursuing a music career from a young age, sending around demos since he was 8 years old.[1] He later tried his luck with short-lived rock band Sons of Midnight.[2] He is the brother of Australian pop singer Grace. In 2004, Sewell auditioned for season 2 of Australian Idol, but did not pass the audition stage.[1] In 2006, he moved to the United Kingdom.[1]

Sewell comes from a family of musicians; his grandparents toured with the Bee Gees and the Gibb Brothers. His sister Grace is a singer best known for her version of the 1963 Lesley Gore song "You Don't Own Me", which hit number one on the ARIA Charts in May 2015. When "Start Again" hit number one on the ARIA Charts in June 2015, Conrad and Grace became the first Australian-born siblings in the history of the charts to hit number one as separate acts.

CareerEdit

2007–2017: Sons of Midnight, solo career beginnings, All I KnowEdit

In 2007, Sewell and guitarist Matthew Copley formed a pop rock group called The Frets, who were later joined by three more members before changing their name to Sons of Midnight. The band released their debut single "The Fire" in 2012, achieving moderate success. The song currently has over 3.3 million plays on Spotify. The band released their debut self-titled album in 2013, but disappeared from the public shortly before the planned release of their second album.[3]

In 2014 Sewell wrote and featured on Kygo's hit, "Firestone". The single was a top five hit across Europe.[4][5] His debut single "Hold Me Up" was written and produced by Brian Lee, The Euroz and Louis Bell. On 2 March 2015, Sewell announced his opening slot on Ed Sheeran's Australian tour via a video posted on his Facebook page. He joined Sheeran on 13 dates throughout Australia.[6] On 12 June 2015, Live Nation confirmed that Sewell would join Maroon 5 on the Maroon V Tour in September as well as posting several tour dates.[7] Sewell supported Jess Glynne on her "Ain't Got Far to Go" UK tour in October and November 2015. In October, Sewell announced that his debut extended play, All I Know would be released on 13 November 2015.[8] He also posted various Australian and New Zealand tour dates throughout November.[9] In March 2015, he was picked as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month and was featured on American TV network NBC's Today show hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb and broadcast nationally across the United States where he performed live his single "Start Again". In November 2015, at the ARIA Music Awards of 2015, Sewell won Song of the Year for "Start Again".[10] In February 2016, Sewell released "Remind Me" as the final single from All I Know. The following month, Coca-Cola released a song and video for their new campaign, "Taste the Feeling". It features Sewell's vocals and production from Avicii.[11]

2018–present: Sony Music Australia and LifeEdit

In May 2018, Sewell announced he had signed with Sony Music Australia. In a statement, AO, chairman and CEO of Sony Denis Handlin said, "Conrad Sewell is an incredibly talented artist and I am thrilled to welcome him to the Sony Music family. This exciting next phase of his career will see him reach new heights and we are honoured to be a part of it."[12][13]

On 18 May 2018, Sewell released the Ghosts & Heartaches EP, containing "Come Clean" and "Healing Hands".[14] In February 2019, Sewell announced the release of his debut studio album Life which was released on 17 May 2019[15] and debuted at number 1 on the ARIA Charts.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions
AUS
[16]
Life 1
[18]

Extended playsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions
AUS
[16]
All I Know
  • Released: 13 November 2015
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: 300
9
Ghosts & Heartaches
  • Released: 18 May 2018
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming, CD[19]
  • Label: Sony Music Australia
[A]

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[16]
AUT
[20]
FRA
[21]
GER
[22]
SWE
[23]
"Hold Me Up" 2015 39 All I Know
"Start Again" 1
"Who You Lovin" 17
"Remind Me"[26] 2016 22
"Taste the Feeling"
(with Avicii)
17 136 53 60 Non-album single
"Healing Hands" 2018 7
  • ARIA: 3× Platinum[28]
Ghosts & Heartaches and Life
"Changing" 91 Life
"Love Me Anyway"[29] 2019
"Life"[30] [B]
"Big World"[32]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[16]
AUT
[20]
FRA
[21]
GER
[22]
NL
[33]
NOR
[34]
SWE
[23]
SWI
[35]
UK
[36]
US
[37]
"Firestone"
(Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell)
2014 10 5 5 3 4 1 2 4 8 92 Cloud Nine
"Braver Love"[45]
(Arty featuring Conrad Sewell)
2015 Glorious
"Little Love"[46]
(Kilian & Jo featuring Conrad Sewell)
Non-album single
"Secrets"[47]
(Cid featuring Conrad Sewell)
2017 Non-album single
"Sex, Love & Water"[48]
(Armin van Buuren featuring Conrad Sewell)
2018 93 Non-album single
"Who Am I"[49]
(Enzo Ingrosso featuring Conrad Sewell)
2019 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In Australia, sales of the Ghosts & Heartaches EP counted towards the song "Healing Hands" and therefore could not chart separately.
  2. ^ "Life" did not enter the ARIA Singles Chart, but peaked at number 15 on the ARIA Digital Track Chart.[31]

ToursEdit

Headlining

All I Know Tour (2015–16)[50]

Life Tour (2019)

Opening act

AwardsEdit

APRA AwardsEdit

The APRA Awards are held in Australia and New Zealand by the Australasian Performing Right Association to recognise songwriting skills, sales and airplay performance by its members annually.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 "Healing Hands" Pop Work of the Year Nominated

ARIA Music AwardsEdit

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. Sewell had one win from 4 nominations.[51]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 "Start Again" Best Pop Release Nominated
Breakthrough Artist Nominated
Song of the Year Won
2018 "Healing Hands" Song of the Year Nominated

ReferencesEdit

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