Take Heed: New Artist Barry Conrad
Australian native, Barry Conrad possesses a talent and star quality that is undeniable. He is a singer, songwriter and actor who has opened for vocal giants Brian McKnight, Eric Benet, Craig David and K-Ci & JoJo. He has toured the globe with world-renowned artist Darlene Zschech and five-time Grammy winner Israel Houghton, penned songs for an array of artists – and dig this, he even sung for the Pope.
No stranger to the screen, Conrad landed a role on FOX’s Power Rangers: Ninja Storm and has been featured in numerous TV commercials, before taking his first leap to feature films in the critically acclaimed #1 box office hit, The Sapphires.
An advocate for health and fitness, he was the first entertainer to sign on as an ambassador for 180 Nutrition, also working with Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar. Passionate about giving back, he also flexes his philanthropy muscles as a proud ambassador for Cancer Council. Now expanding even further, Barry signed on as TONI & GUY and Label.M Australia’s new brand ambassador.
The tipping point of Conrad’s stardom, however, was undeniably cemented when he was named as one of the Final 12 on The X-Factor Australia, winning over a legion of new fans and truly solidifying himself as one of Australia’s most exciting talents! Check out our Q&A with Barry Conrad and stay tuned for his new music coming soon!
HM: What has been one of the biggest moments of your career thus far?
BC: Making The X-Factor Australia top 10 was a big one, and singing for the Pope in front of a televised audience of half a billion.
HM: Who are some of your musical inspirations?
BC: Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Brian McKnight, Richard Marx.
HM: If you were not an entertainer, what do you think you’d be doing?
BC: If I couldn’t sing or act, hmmm… Still something in the music industry, like writing songs for other artists. If I had to do something totally outside of showbiz though, I’d probably be a professional eater!
HM: In those moments when you want to quit or stop, what keeps you going?
BC: Hope & just the desire to win in life. Coming from a place where I wasn’t always encouraged externally, I had to find find & cultivate an inner resilience. That’s really stuck by me, thank God.
HM: How has touring with such acts like Israel Houghton, changed your perspective on the music industry?
BC: That the onstage part really is, in so many ways, the smallest part of it. It’s about having great character & a solid foundation, because there’s so much more to it then the perceived glam.
Don’t get me wrong – being able to travel, see so many amazing places & meet so many great people are all massive blessings. It’s also a lot of work though & more often will have to make a lot of personal sacrifices along the way.
HM: Can we expect an album soon?
BC: You can definitely expect new music sooner than later.
HM: How would you describe your sound?
BC: Honest, melodically-driven, stylistic Pop and R&B.
HM: If you could work with just one artist who you have not worked with, who would it be?
BC: That’s such a hard question, we could be here all day! Wow… Just a few people I’d love to write with though: Timbaland, Bruno Mars, Pharrell, Beyonce, Sia, Ryan Tedder, Max Martin, Richard Marx, Dianne Warren.
HM: What’s the music scene like in Australia?
BC: I’d say it’s a more Pop, Rock, Folk & Country driven market. Aussie Hip Hop is doing well too, but R&B, Soul or Urban music could definitely use some more support. It’s also not as big a market as the States, where you have an audience for practically everything. There’s not a shortage of amazingly talented singers & musicians though.
HM: What are your thoughts on Hillary Clinton running for President of the United States?
BC: I’m always hesitant to comment on politics. I think if anyone really wants something, stands for positivity and is out there giving it a good shot, then great. Doesn’t mean I’m for or against Hilary running for president, but those are my thoughts.
HM: What do you ‘take heed’ to?
BC: Improving as a person. Treating people well. Steward this life as best as I can.
Check out Barry’s cover/mash-up of Katy Perry’s “California Girls” and his original record, “You”!
Stay connected to Barry Conrad:
Twitter – @barry_conrad
Instagram – @barry_conrad
Website – www.barryconradofficial.com