ARIA Award winner, Conrad Sewell, has arrived with his next musical chapter – the vulnerable and emotional new song, 'Changing'. 'Changing' follows his recent hit single 'Healing Hands' – now certified ARIA Platinum sales with over 10 million global streams – and today, Conrad embarks on his SOLD OUT Australian Come Clean tour.
'Changing', which premiered yesterday on Just Jared, is a stripped back ballad that shows the Aussie powerhouse's penchant for bold and masterful songwriting, and was written in the middle of a relationship when he made a personal discovery about himself.
Sewell explains, "'Changing' is a super vulnerable and emotional record for me. I wrote it right when I was deep in a relationship and realised that I was ruining it. My actions and my addictions were starting to affect her. I would come home and see her crying… she was always upset. She wasn't the same person that she was when we first started dating and I felt like it was because of me and the way that I was acting. So this is really me apologising for everything I've done and telling her to never change for anyone - you're perfect the way you are. Especially don't change for me, because I wasn't worth it at the time."
Conrad's raw approach to songwriting directly follows the release of his two song effort, 'Ghost and Heartaches' which features the ARIA certified PLATINUM smash single 'Healing Hands' alongside the honest and heartfelt track 'Come Clean' – marking the beginning of Conrad's next chapter – one that will be more honest and reflective than he has been before. "This is really who I am" he reveals. "For my whole life, the only thing I've needed to do is make music. I devote everything I can to it, and I always will. I'm here to entertain people. I hope to give them something to relate to."
This relatable new release leads into Conrad Sewell's sold out Come Clean Australian tour which kicks off tonight at Sydney's Oxford Art Factory. The superstar is also set to perform at the Howler in Melbourne before closing the tour in his home town of Brisbane at Woolly Mammoth. Incredibly – this special three show tour from Conrad Sewell – sold out within 10 minutes of tickets going on sale. For all touring and ticketing details go here.
Having seen major success between touring with Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, and KYGO, amassing millions of streams and garnering praise from Entertainment Weekly, Teen Vogue, Vice, NBC, and Nylon who proclaimed him to be "Australia's next great pop export", Conrad Sewell's voice has carried him to nearly every corner of the globe. The vocalist behind Kygo's 'Firestone' has reached RIAA platinum status, generating nearly 1 billion cumulative streams, and entertaining audiences everywhere from Coachella to Madison Square Garden, and joined forces with the late Avicii for the hit 'Taste the Feeling' in addition to bringing 'Sex, Love & Water' to life for Armin van Buuren. In 2015, Sewell won the honourable ARIA Award for Song of The Year with his pop breakout hit 'Start Again'. Sewell's previous offering 'Healing Hands' is fast approaching 10 million streams globally – and in Australia alone – the track peaked at #1 on Shazam and on local iTunes Singles Charts. In addition, Conrad recently performed the stellar new single on The Voice Australia, The annual TV Week Logies and on Saturday Night with Rove McManus.
Over the last 2 years, Conrad had been playing shows all over the world alongside renowned artists and DJs alike, but it was taking a toll on him mentally and physically. "I was fucking over it," he confesses. "Life on the road had become a whirlwind in the past few years. I was partying like a madman, and I completely fucked up a relationship I thought would last forever. When I started writing, I held nothing back."
His new music shed ambiguity and confront his reality head on by candidly speaking on alcohol, drugs, a penchant for blacking out, and a myriad of mistakes in his beloved pop/rock vocals. These tracks are not an apology though; it's simply his truth over minimal instrumentation and production. When Conrad returned to the studio, he did so with the same producer that worked on 'Start Again', Jamie Hartman [Christina Aguilera, Joss Stone]. "We focused on the voice" he goes on. "It's pop music, but there's a raw rock 'n' roll sensibility to it."