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
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.