PopCrush Presents: Conrad Sewell
Every week at PopCrush, we’re putting the spotlight on one up-and-coming act you need to know about. Why? So you can get on board early before everyone else and their mother jumps on the bandwagon…and so you can be that one friend in the group who’s always like, “Um, actually, I prefer their earlier work.”
For modern dance floor aficionados, you'll no doubt already be familiar with Conrad Sewell.
The singer's soulful vocals are featured prominently on Dutch DJ Kygo's emotional throbber "Firestone," which stormed the Top 10 throughout most of Europe (and beyond) at the beginning of the year.
But beyond his foray into the discotheque, the talented Australia-born singer-songwriter has steadily been working toward a debut in his own right.
After crafting demos for years, the singer — whose dynamic chops recall pop powerhouse Adam Lambert — finally broke out in a big way with his Kygo assist. He's since had the opportunity to open for Ed Sheeran during his Australian arena tour, and will soon be supporting Maroon 5 during the Aussie leg of their tour. And now, after releasing the track in his homeland, Sewell's unleashing his incredibly impressive solo debut, "Hold Me Up," in the UK.
The Brian Lee co-produced tune is all sorts of smash-in-the-making, complete with soaring melodies, summery production and an utterly massive earworm of a choir-filled chorus that, true to the song's title, uplifts in the most major way. "So hoooooooold me UP!" It's hard not to briefly get swept up in the swell of strings and Conrad's mighty vocals.
And judging by the recent buzz around the singer — he was among one of the first guests on Jaden Smith's new BEATS1 show — there are more than a few people paying attention.
Watch this space....he's shooting straight up from here.
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