Interview: Dewayne Everettsmith – “I Was Going Through A Lot Of Heartache And Hurt”

Music Feeds recently caught up with singer-songwriter Dewayne Everettsmith to discuss his album, Surrender, and what it’s been like since he wrote a song, It’s Like Love, for Tourism Australia’s $250 million international advertising campaign, which took him from a day job as an Aboriginal health worker to the life of a touring musician.

“It’s been really good. We’ve had some really nice intimate crowds and intimate shows, people have responded well in the audience,” Dewayne told us of his recent run of shows. “I’ve had some really great feedback from fans and industry and media, all around Australia. So it’s been fantastic.”

When asked about what motivated the title of the album, Dewayne told us, “When you put the album together and you think about the collective of songs there, they’re very honest, they’re very personal, they’re very blunt. And so I think the concept of the album was that you get to a point in life where you surrender everything, you surrender to your surroundings, to your trials, your tribulations, and you learn to accept things a lot more.”

“I was very emotionally turmoiled. I was going through a lot of heartache and hurt, I was very angry as well, dealing with all the issues that I had to deal with,” Dewayne tells us of the process behind the album. “These songs were great outlets to communicate that in a very diplomatic way. Writing these songs, I wasn’t in a great headspace, but that’s what makes them even more personal and special.”

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