When you have so much talent on a tour it’s only right that it shines unapologetically bright. This week while cruising through Chinatown we landed an opportunity to cover the powerful vocalist, Conrad Sewell who is a part of Andra Day’s tour. When you have the ARIA Award winner for Song of the Year, Conrad Sewell, taking stage for the first time here in Washington, DC there is only one outcome, pure magic. As the room became one and the crowd stared onward to see what Conrad had queued up next for them to enjoy, he was nothing short of professional and excellent.
Conrad made sure to warm the crowd up with many of his hits featured on his recently released EP titled, All I Know, in which he collaborated with an all-star team of writers and producers including Jamie Hartman (Christina Aguilera, Joss Stone), Jay Kash (Maroon 5, One Direction), Brian Lee (Lady Gaga, Icona Pop), and Louis Bell. He also performed many of his hits including Shadow, Firestone, and Start Again. As the show progressed, he acknowledged the warm energy of performing in a Synagogue for the first time, which he can now easily add to the list of unique places he’s performed. Be sure to check out our interview with the budding star below.
“I’ve done some pretty random gigs. I’ve played at an airport hangar, in a shop window but I’ve never performed in a Synagogue” — Conrad Sewell
Surprisingly, Conrad managed to find time to perform a customized cover of Jus Friends by Musiq Soulchild and ending it with powerful vocals to Sunny by James Brown. I mean this man was on fire the entire time and never even thought about cooling down. To wrap up his performance, he gave his all while performing Hold Me Up, a track that has been becoming an anthem around the world for people to uplift themselves. I definitely believe it’s one of his most soulful songs. “I’ve always loved big soulful voices from Otis Redding to Smokey Robinson to Michael Jackson,” said Conrad. When referring to knowing whether or not he knew Hold Me Up would be as big as it was he mentioned, “I was kind of drunk when I wrote it [Hold Me Up] towards the end of it because we were having such a good time writing it and we were drinking and I don’t usually drink in the studio but that night was a late night and we were all excited and popping so many bottles. By the end of it, I guess we all left not really knowing about the song but the next morning my Manager heard it and was like this is really good and I was like really?” As he performed this song the crowd got involved and started singing the chorus to the song and the atmosphere was absolutely astonishing.
Overall, Conrad is simply amazing. If you’re looking for a new star to fall in love with this might be your guy as his singing mirrors one of the greatest performers we’ve ever witness, that’s right Michael Jackson himself. Although Conrad is still pretty young in his career I will put my money on it that he becomes one of the greats you’ll be hearing about years from now as his talent is unfathomable.
Later that evening, Andra Day managed to take stage and she put on a show that was unbelievable as well. I really had no idea the kind of talent I was around that night existed on such a high level, but now I know. In a world full of auto-tune and post production it’s tough to remember there are still artists out there that can put on an amazing show. Andra Day managed to perform Forever Mine, Gold, and Gin & Juice (Let Go My Hand). Shortly, into her set she says, “I got to remove the makeup for this next song,” as then she began to do a cover of No Makeup by Kendrick Lamar from his Section.80 mixtape. She also went into several other numbers off of her album titled, Cheers To the Fall, including her amazing song Rise Up, which put chills down my spine. After sweeping the night away she left the stage and was welcomed back due to an encore and she shut the place down.
I have to say this was one hell of an experience and if you have the opportunity to see Conrad Sewell and Andra Day in concert during their tour you’ll definitely want to make the investment for this experience. Up next, on their list of stops includes The Ardmore Music Hall (Ardmore, PA) – March 24, Webster Hall (New York, NY) – March 25, and El Rey Theatre (Los Angeles, CA) – March 30. Also, be sure to be on the look out for Sewell’s latest collaboration with Avicii on Coca-Cola’s “Taste The Feeling” campaign. Avicii will also produce additional versions of “Taste The Feeling” for Coke’s UEFA EURO 2016 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games campaigns later this year.