Australia-born Conrad Sewell is a soulful vocalist with a bent toward dance-oriented R&B and pop. Born in Brisbane in 1988, Sewell grew up in a musical family and became interested in singing at a young age. By age eight, he had already started recording demo songs with an eye toward a performance career. In 2004, at age 16, he auditioned for the second season of Australian Idol but failed to make the cut. In lieu of Idol, he made the most of his high-school years playing in various local bands, including forming the rock outfit Sons of Midnight, who signed to Universal Germany. Despite achieving a hit single in Europe with "The Fire," Sewell eventually parted ways with the band and relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a solo career. During this time he scored another European hit with the song "Firestone," a collaboration with Norway's DJ Kygo. Buoyed by this success, Sewell began working on his own material, and in 2015 released two debut singles, "Hold Me Up" and "Start Again," on 300 Entertainment.