The Austrian singer Thomas Neuwirth created the stage character Conchita Wurst in 2011. The bearded diva won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen for Austria and became a global figurehead of the LGBTI community overnight with her victory slogan “We are unstoppable!”. This was followed by her platinum-certified debut album “Conchita” (2015), numerous awards, performances at countless Prides, appearances, and TV shows in more than 20 countries on four continents, including shows at the sold-out Sydney Opera, the Berlin Philharmonie and Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle, amongst others.
The following album, “From Vienna With Love”, was recorded with Wiener Symphoniker and released in2018 with a sold-out gala concert at the Konzerthaus in Vienna. The album reached gold status within one week after its release. On the album, Conchita covered worldwide hits by Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Alanis Morissette, Sam Smith, and many more.
In 2019, the third studio album is released, featuring – for the very first time – electronic music under the project title WURST. Meeting the requirements of today’s music market, these songs are released individually, while a physical limited edition of the album on CD will be released after the release of the album’s last song. The new style is electronic, danceable, polarising at times, and always as close to the musician’s personal experiences as never before, whose artistic goals take centre stage on these new songs.
The artist Tom Neuwirth emphasizes the contrasts even further, by no longer presenting Conchita and WURST as a dual role but unadulteratedly living out the two different facets of his stage character from now on: Conchita, the polite and feminine media icon who has been creating a worldwide buzz since she won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 and is known for her brilliantly captivating live entertainment with her special blend of Glam-Pop and diva songs. WURST, on the other hand, the masculine, uncompromising electro-newcomer, who seems to care for no one’s opinion and delivers sexy, driving, and thoroughly danceable soundscapes but reveals more about Neuwirth and his life in his lyrics than it was ever possible for the unapproachable character of Conchita.