Former Participants – Last year’s Eurovision winner, Conchita Wurst, yesterday released her debut album. The album is simply called ‘Conchita‘ and boasts 12 original tracks including last year’s wining entry ‘Rise like a phoenix‘. Conchita has also released her biography.
The press release says that fans are rewarded with power ballads to dance floor fillers, from Swing to Pop, the winner of 2014’s Eurovision Song Contest shows the full range of her talents on her debut album, which is simply titled Conchita. Besides her hits “Rise Like A Phoenix, “Heroes” and “You Are Unstoppable”, the album holds many gems for her fans to explore: Songs like “Colours Of Your Love” and “Firestorm” with their driving beats, the oriental influences on “Out Of Body Experience”, while “Where Have All The Good Men Gone” boasts a swinging brass section, and fans of spectacular ballads will enjoy “Pure”.
“This album is very close to my heart,” says Conchita Wurst, “because this is my first solo album and therefore this is extremely thrilling and exciting.”
The album’s musical range was very important to the singer:
“I am delighted that the album has become so colourful and multifaceted. All my favourite musical genres found their way onto the album. “Conchita” covers all the bases, from dramatic ballads to dance tracks.”
After her victory in Copenhagen in May 2014, Conchita Wurst now tops off a successful and turbulent year with her new longplayer. Her fans have always been at her side, be it at her performance at the Crazy Horse, her performances at the European Parliament and in front of the UNO with Ban Ki-moon, on Jean Paul Gaultier’s runway, on the red carpet of the Golden Globe Awards, or at the Amadeus Austrian Music Awards 2015, where she won three awards (Female artist of the year, Song of the year – Rise Like a Phoenix, Video of the year – Heroes).
Conchita knew instantly who she dedicates her album to: “First and foremost, I dedicate this album to my fans who supported me throughout this entire last year and I hope they like it just as much as I do.”
Dietmar Lienbacher (Division Head Austria, Sony Music Entertainment):
“Conchita’s debut album is as versatile as the album’s artist herself. It impressively shows how multifaceted, wide-ranging, and peerless Conchita is as an artist.“
The album “Conchita” is out now.
01. You Are Unstoppable
02. Up For Air
03. Put That Fire Out
04. Colours Of Your Love
05. Out Of Body Experience
06. Where Have All The Good Men Gone
07. Somebody To Love
11. Rise Like A Phoenix
12. The Other Side Of Me
Also just released is Conchita’s biography ‘Being Conchita‘ which costs £9.99 via John Blake Publishing Ltd.
“There are two hearts beating in my chest”
With the song ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’, Thomas Neuwirth – better known to the world as Conchita Wurst – stormed to victory in the Eurovision song-contest, in the face of Eastern European homophobia. Causing a storm in Russian politics and homophobic backlash that shook the world, Conchita now stands as a proud representation of courage – far beyond the world of pop music.
- The bearded drag queen’s winning words, ‘we are unity and we are unstoppable’, were a pointed riposte to overt Russian hostility and a watershed moment for LGBT campaigners in Europe. The seismic reaction prompted Graham Norton to later comment: ‘it seems like Eurovision has done something that matters just a little bit’.
- Her victory stirred massive support right across the continent in the gay community and beyond, and Conchita’s inspirational book will have that same support and goodwill behind it.
- Conchita has been clear that she comprises a private person and a fictional character but that these male and female counterparts both stand against intolerance. Conchita owes her existence to the fact that Tom has been dealing with discrimination his whole life. Therefore he created a woman with a beard – who would defy the categories of ‘different’ and ‘normal’ – and challenge gender stereotypes.
Conchita will be performing at tonight’s Lifeball in Vienna, will be on the Eurovision red carpet tomorrow night at the Rathausplatz, and will host this year’s Green Room for the Eurovision Final.
You can watch a live stream of the Lifeball here from 20.15 (CET).