OPEN TO SUC­CESS

Bris­bane-raised rock­star Con­rad Sewell opted to share his in­ner pain and it’s paid div­i­dends, with Heal­ing Hands strik­ing a chord with fans

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We could learn a les­son or two from rock­star Con­rad Sewell. The Bris­baneraised, LA-based singer­song­writer is proof that when you find the courage to be vul­ner­a­ble, you open your­self up to suc­cess.

Af­ter re­leas­ing two-track EP Ghosts and Heartaches ear­lier this year, Con­rad says the au­then­tic­ity in the songs Heal­ing Hands and Come Clean has helped him con­nect with lis­ten­ers in a more can­did way.

“I re­ally love both the songs, they’re re­ally hon­est,” he says. “It’s al­lowed my fans to let them into my world a lit­tle, so they feel like they know me a lit­tle more. That’s im­por­tant for me.

“The ear­lier stuff I put out, it didn’t re­ally al­low me to have that. So I feel re­ally good about it.”

It was Con­rad’s stir­ring per­for­mance of Heal­ing Hands at the Lo­gies ear­lier this month that pushed the track to No. 1 on iTunes, re­main­ing there for days af­ter the thrill of singing live on TV had worn off.

“I went off stage and found out the song had hit No. 1,” Con­rad says.

“So we were cel­e­brat­ing. It went great. I was re­ally happy with the per­for­mance, and that was a good end to the trip. It felt amaz­ing. All the hard work was worth it.”

Although there was only some mild cel­e­brat­ing for Con­rad that night – he’s re­cently opened up about his strug­gles with al­co­hol, and has pledged to stay off the booze in­def­i­nitely.

Be­sides, he had to be up early look­ing sharp for a morn­ing tele­vi­sion in­ter­view the next day.

“I went to the (Lo­gies) af­ter-party, had a cou­ple of Diet Cokes on the rocks, then I went back and watched the World Cup, and went to bed. Pretty wild one,” he laughs.

“It was tough be­ing in that en­vi­ron­ment. But I’ve got a lot to be happy for right now.”

Con­rad will re­turn to Aus­tralia in Septem­ber to per­form an in­ti­mate show at the Woolly Mam­moth in Bris­bane, as well as two shows in Mel­bourne and Syd­ney.

Gen­eral ad­mis­sion tick­ets to the Bris­bane per­for­mance have sold out, but you can still grab VIP tick­ets which give you ad­mis­sion and a spe­cial meet and greet with Con­rad.

While Con­rad’s en­joy­ing his time liv­ing in Amer­ica, he says he’s look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to his home town.

“It will al­ways feel like home,” Con­rad says.

“What’s the say­ing? ‘You can take the boy out of Brissy, but you can’t take the Brissy out of the boy’.”

US-based rocker Con­rad Sewell will be back to per­form in Aus­tralia in Septem­ber.

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