Sewell Siblings Showcase Aussie Music Talent
Brisbane’s Grace and Conrad Sewell are bringing a focus back onto Australians in the 2015 ARIA charts.
Both of them have separately reached number 1 on the official music singles charts this year – the only Aussie acts to do so in the first half of 2015. Grace – who goes only by her first name in the music world – hit the top spot in May with her popular version of the 1963 Lesley Gore song “You Don’t Own Me”.
As well as being number 1 on the ARIA charts for a week at the end of May, the song became a Spotify top 10 most viral track, and is the first single off her debut album with RCA Records.
Less than a month after Grace hit number 1, older brother Conrad Sewell has taken the top spot with his single “Start Again”, after only four weeks on the charts.
The ARIA Charts says these hits have seen the siblings make music history, as two siblings have never reached the top of the Australian charts in the same year, let alone in the same month.
“This has never occurred on the ARIA charts before and pre-ARIA the closest we had siblings to both reach the top in the same year were the Sinatra’s, with daughter Nancy hitting the top for eight weeks from early March to late April 1966 with “These Boots are Made for Walkin'” and then her Dad Frank went to the top twelve weeks (three months) later with his last No.1 here “Strangers in the Night” (2 weeks from 16-July-1966),” the ARIA Charts website says.
“We also had John and Julian Lennon, but they were more than ten years apart, John in early 1981 and Julian in late 1991.”
It’s worth pointing out that both these examples are also parent and child combinations, rather than siblings.
— Conrad Sewell (@ConradOfficial) June 21, 2015
In an interview with Nova radio Conrad says their success and timing “must be fate” and that it’s good “we get to experience this together”.
“We’ve both been working hard for a long time and for it to happen at the same time is really kind of crazy,” he says.
The response from fans and the media has been overwhelmingly positive, showing not only support for Grace and Conrad Sewell, but also for Australian artists making it to the top of the ARIA charts this year.