Conan Gray, a Budding Pop Singer Who Feels It All
By: Kehan Lin
Conan Gray wrote "Those Days," his debut song, in 2015 while he was living in Rockdale, Texas. In a previous video interview, he stated how the town's slogan was "one hour away from everything," with a trip to Walmart serving as the primary motive.
In his Los Angeles apartment, Gray was having trouble composing the verses. “And I know you really didn’t like the way I cried your name/But I hope you really didn’t mind the way I was those days.” He eventually came to his senses and took some time to reflect on the deeper significance of those words.
Gray mentioned that he was just 12 years old when he wrote those lines and that he had only relocated to Rockdale at the age of 7. The intensity with which he experienced these particular emotions at such a young age astounded many.
Gray, who is now 23 years old, engages with his fans through a variety of social media channels. Gray is well recognized for his moving performances of songs about the dread of romantic love. One of his most well-known songs, "Heather," for instance, describes the perspective of bitterness toward the significant other of his crush.
This "generation of kids who grew up on the internet" pay a lot of attention to Conan Gray because of the way he depicts the brutal truth of heartbreaks and one-sided romance.
Gray also discusses how his music career felt more daunting as he advanced in it. “But the second album was like, ‘Oh God, now I actually have to tell people who I really am.’”
Gray experienced discrimination from his peers and teachers throughout his school years because he was the only Asian student there. But it made a significant contribution to his music, as he discovered how to convey his actual emotions through a variety of notes and written lines.