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25 September, 2020

Hit at first sight

Local singing sensation Drew Brauer has channelled his experience as a participant on the 2020 season of reality TV show “Married at First Sight” (MAFS) into a new single, to be released on Thursday, October 1.

By Tanya Murphy

The song “At First Sight,” is a romantic love song showcasing Drew’s signature sound of soft melodic vocals and will be released along with a lyric video which explores love in all its forms. 

I was treated to a sneak preview of the video clip and can warn you to be prepared for goosebumps and “all the feels” on October 1 when you view what may become one of Drew’s biggest hits yet, sure to be a favourite at proposals, weddings, and anniversaries.

The artwork for the single shows hands reaching out to each other from two smart phones, symbolising people staying connected to each other and even finding love during COVID-19 lockdown, proving the indomitable spirit of love throughout all adversities. 

Drew, who performs under the name Drewboy, wrote the song during the intense six-week MAFS filming process in Sydney, which fatefully, did not result in a “happily ever after” ending for him. “The MAFS experience was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, and although I did not ultimately find love on the show, I definitely grew and learned a lot from the experience,” he said. 

“I saw others finding love, and there were some really special, beautiful moments and I channelled those feelings into this song. “I dug deep and realised that for every successful relationship out there, there was a moment when they were strangers, because everyone’s a stranger until they first meet. 

“As a musician I have played at loads of weddings and seen that magical moment where two lives become one, and it’s amazing to reflect on the fact that every love story starts with looking into the eyes of a stranger.” 

The former high voltage electrician / linesman grew up on his parents’ cattle and sheep farm in the tiny outback town of Tara and couldn’t be more grounded and down to earth, so it’s easy to see how the MAFS experience was confronting for him. 

After being left “at the altar” two months before his real-life wedding to a former fiancé seven years ago, Drew turned to music to channel his feelings into something positive and has been living out his dream to touch others’ lives with his music and volunteer work ever since. 

The year 2020 was a difficult one for many performing artists, as they were unable to perform live shows during COVID-19 restrictions, however Drew took it in his stride and used the time to grow his mental health charity “Kick On,” and write material for an upcoming album, of which this single is just a taste. After the screening of MAFS and the rollercoaster of media attention it generated, lockdown gave Drew a chance to retreat to the grounding solitude of his parents’ farm to focus on family and what’s really important in life, before heading back to Cairns. 

“I’m not seeing anyone, and I’m not on any dating apps. I’m enjoying the single life while focusing on a new business venture, my charity and my music,” he said. The song will be available to listen to on all digital music streaming platforms from 7am on October 1, and to view the video clip simply follow Drewboy on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. 

Drewboy will perform at the Tanks on Friday, October 16, with details and tickets to be released soon via his social media.

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