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 McKnightEric BenetCraig 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”!

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