After stepping out of the limelight for 22 years, the shy soul singer, Conner Reeves, is back, and working on new music. The man whose voice will still give your goosebumps goosebumps reflects on his journey, where he’s been, and why he’s only interested in making music that makes people feel something.
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Reeves takes us through his musical journey at his home studio, reveals how his revered album, Earthbound, has finally made it to the digital world, and looks forward to a very rosy musical future.
“My dad used to say my bedroom sounded like a vasectomy clinic that had run out of anaesthectic!”
Down To Earth
“There’s a paper bag I’d be more comfortable wearing; I don’t even need the eye-holes!” jokes Conner Reeves as he prepares for one of his first interviews in a long while.
It’s been a wild ride for Reeves, whose debut, gold-certified album, Earthbound, was released in 1997, leading to a string of top 30 hits, live TV performances, international touring with Whitney Houston, and then, silence. Until now. Last year, Earthbound finally appeared on streaming services, opening up Reeves’ music to a whole new audience, and igniting the singer’s desire to start working on new material.
Reluctant to have anything to do with the world of celebrity or the ‘look at me’ publicity machine, Reeves recently dipped his toe into the world of social media, posting a few updates showing himself in the studio. It turns out his fans had been patient, immediately encouraging him to release new music.
“I was really touched by it,” says Reeves. “My son and my family kept saying: ‘Have you seen this online?’ I don’t ever look at myself online, but there have been YouTube videos that people have put up. I wouldn’t even know how to put one up! There were loads of comments underneath, and people were saying: where is he now? There was a lot of interest in my coming back out there. It’s a huge change for me because I’ve been in a supporting role for years, and I deliberately stepped out of the spotlight because it was kind of a crazy, rollercoaster ride. Then I became a father, and I wanted to be a proper father, so I wanted to withdraw from things.”
Reeves is not interested in fame, and can’t stand to watch himself on film; as a teenager, he was the only one in his family with an interest in music.
“I wasn’t allowed to sing in my own house because I've naturally got kind of a deep voice. My favourite artists were Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, so I was really pushing my range. My voice would go because I was pushing it too high. It was a small house, and I've got three brothers, and singing wasn’t encouraged, shall we say... [laughs] My dad used to say that my bedroom sounded like a vasectomy clinic that had run out of anaesthetic, so for me wanting to be a singer, I might as well have said I wanted to be an astronaut! In fact, I would have got more support.”