Conrad Ignatius Mario Maximilian Sewell is an Australian-born singer and songwriter from Brisbane, Australia that attended St Laurence’s College from 1998-2005. Sewell is best known for his vocals on Kygo’s single “Firestone” and his number one hit single “Start Again”.
Growing up in Brisbane, Sewell started pursuing a music career from a young age, sending around demos since he was 8 years old. Sewell is the brother of singer-songwriter Grace, who is best known for her 2015 cover of “You Don’t Own Me”.
In 2004, Sewell auditioned for season 2 of Australian Idol, but did not pass the audition stage. He later tried his luck with short-lived rock band Sons of Midnight.He spent years recording songs in garages and working to save money to move to the UK where pop music was more accepted. At the age of 18, Sewell moved to the UK and maxed out a credit card to record a demo.
After moving to Los Angeles, he started working on his solo project. Several people have been a part of creating the new music including Jamie Hartman (Christina Aguilera, Joss Stone), Sam Hollander (Train, One Direction), and Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles, Gavin DeGraw). His debut single “Hold Me Up” was written/produced by Brian Lee (Lady Gaga, Icona Pop), The Euroz and Louis Bell.
Prior to his solo release, Sewell wrote and sung on Kygo’s hit, “Firestone”. The single was a top five hit in many countries around the world. On March 2, 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.
“Hold Me Up”
Kygo Featuring Conrad Sewell
Ultra Music/RCA Records