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Jack Colwell
Promotional photo distributed by the artist in 2020
Promotional photo distributed by the artist in 2020
Background information
InstrumentsPiano, vocals, guitar
Years active2012–present

Jack Colwell is an Australian singer-songwriter.[1]

Early life

Colwell's mother was a concert pianist.[2] He attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School.

Prior to launching a solo singing career, Colwell worked in various roles in the Australian music industry, including assisting Karen O with her performance of "Stop The Virgens" at the Sydney Opera House in 2012 and arranging vocals for Architecture in Helsinki.[1] He also had a band called Jack Colwell & The Owls.


Colwell attracted attention in August 2015 when Rolling Stone Australia premiered the video for his single "Don't Cry Those Tears".[3]

In late August 2015, he self-released his first solo EP, Only When Flooded Could I Let Go.[4]

In September 2015, Colwell appeared at Newtown Social Club as part of Rolling Stone's "Live Lodge" concert series.[1] In November 2015, Sarah Blasko announced that Colwell would be the main support act on her 2016 Australian tour.[5]

In December 2015, The Guardian premiered Colwell's third music video, "Coat", starring actress Claudia Karvan.[6]

In August 2016, Colwell released When The World Explodes,[7] an EP featuring remixes of songs from Only When Flooded... by HEALTH, Fennesz, Roly Porter, Ash Koosha, Rabit and Marcus Whale.

In October 2016, Colwell played a sold-out hometown show at the Sydney Opera House with a string ensemble.[8]


Colwell self-released his debut album, Swandream, in 2020.[9]

Produced by ARIA-winning singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko, Swandream was acclaimed by critics: NME declared it "an utterly visceral listen with immediate impact"[10] while The Guardian said "Colwell and Blasko have built a full-immersion tale that is both theatrical and real."[9]

BrooklynVegan called Swandream "a record loaded with lush, moody ballads and soaring anthems"[11] and Junkee crowned it "the fieriest and most beautiful album of the year so far."[12]

Swandream ranked #5 on NME's '25 Best Australian Albums of 2020' list.[10]

Prior to the album's release, Colwell shared a collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Owen Pallett, "I Will Not Change My Ways".[13] The song, written by Colwell and arranged by Pallett, was recorded in one take while Colwell was in Pallett’s native Toronto. A re-recorded version of the song appeared on Swandream.

A track from the album, "In My Dreams", was remixed by Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins.[11] Guthrie's version appeared alongside remixes by Joel Amey of Wolf Alice and Australian musicians Rainbow Chan and Marcus Whale on the EP Swanlux.[14]


In November 2016, Colwell released the song No Mercy in honour of deceased Australian teenager Tyrone Unsworth.[15]

In September 2017, Colwell programmed and performed at Unity: the Equality Campaign concert at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney with Sarah Blasko, Killing Heidi, The Jezabels and others.[16] Proceeds from the event went to Australian Marriage Equality, a registered charity advocating for the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia.[17]

Personal life

He was born three months premature.[6]

Colwell is a noted Tori Amos fan. In 2015, Kill Your Darlings published Colwell's essay Ears with Feet: Life Among the Tori Amos Super Fans.[18] In 2017, Colwell told Double J: "What I love about Tori is that she made the piano cool."[19]


  1. ^ a b c Coyte, Matt (11 September 2015). Five Things You Need To Know About Jack Colwell. Rolling Stone Australia. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  2. ^ Yates, Rod. "Humans Of Music: Jack Colwell". Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  3. ^ Nail, Jonny (18 August 2015). Premiere: Jack Colwell "Don't Cry Those Tears." Rolling Stone Australia. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  4. ^ Jack Colwell – Only When Flooded Could I Let Go. The Music. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  5. ^ Sarah Blasko announces national album tour for Eternal Return | music news | triple j Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  6. ^ a b Groves, Nancy (10 December 2015). Claudia Karvan murders Jack Colwell in music video for Coat – exclusive premiere. The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  7. ^ Jack Colwell – When The World Explodes. iTunes. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  8. ^ Valentish, Jenny (17 October 2016). Jack Colwell Bears His Soul at the Sydney Opera House. Moshcam. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  9. ^ a b Zuel, Bernard (3 June 2020). "Jack Colwell: Swandream review – theatrical, raw songs packed with pain and soaring survival". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  10. ^ a b "The 25 best Australian albums of 2020". NME. 23 December 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie remixes Jack Colwell's "In My Dreams" (listen)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  12. ^ "Jack Colwell Has Written The Fieriest And Most Beautiful Album Of The Year So Far". Junkee. 5 June 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  13. ^ "Jack Colwell releases collaboration with Owen Pallett". NME. 11 March 2020. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  14. ^ "Jack Colwell announces remix EP 'Swanlux'". NME. 10 November 2020. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  15. ^ Sargent, Chloe (28 November 2016). Jack Colwell Drops Empowering LGBTQ+ Tune In Honour of Tyrone Unsworth. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  16. ^ Shanahan, Lucy (13 September 2017). Aussie All-Stars Call For ‘Unity’ at Marriage Equality Concert. Rolling Stone Australia. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  17. ^ Shaw, Rebecca (6 September 2017). All Ya Faves Are Playing A Huge Gig In Sydney Next Week For The SSM Cause. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  18. ^ "Ears with Feet: Life Among the Tori Amos Super Fans". Kill Your Darlings. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  19. ^ "Tori Amos – The J Files". Double J. 7 September 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2021.