Conan Gray has ultimately affirmed himself as the voice of his generation by speaking directly to that generation with care and without a filter.
He’ll continue to do so in 2021 as he readies new music and much more to come on the horizon. First up, his new single and video for Overdrive”.
Conan comments on the “Overdrive” music video, “I do this thing when I’m in public where I’ll see some beautiful stranger and all of a sudden I’m imagining an entire life with them. The house we’d live in, the reckless, wild life we’d have, the alternate reality I could live if I had the courage to go up and talk to them. That’s what the Overdrive video is, it’s a fantasy. It’s the daydream I have every time somebody catches my eye on the street, the daydream I’m having every day I sit alone in my house during this pandemic. The wild nights and the excitement of being young and limitless. With the Overdrive video, I wanted to let the people watching escape reality the same way I do when I listen to the song. I wanted to make something that just makes you feel good. I think we all need that right now”.
Long before closing in on over three billion streams in three years, achieving Platinum singles and attracting unanimous applause courtesy of everyone from Sir Elton John to Taylor Swift, Conan Gray turned his bedroom into an escape from the darkness around him and a de facto creative hive. At just 12-years-old, the Central Texas native wrote songs at a feverish pace and engaged followers on social media with a flurry of content, including hand drawings, photographs, Vlogs, and raw thoughts. By the time he released his debut single, “Idle Town”, in 2018 the audience was not only ready for what he had to say, but they also needed it.
Over the next three years, he filled that need with the Sunset Season EP, three sold out North American tours and two sold out European tours, and his 2020 full-length debut album, “Kid Krow”. The record bowed at No.1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, No.2 on the Top Album Sales chart and No.5 on the Top 200, scoring The Top New Artist Debut of 2020 and The Top Solo Full Length Album Debut of 2020. It yielded a pair of Platinum singles, “Heather” and “Maniac”.
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