Guy Sebastian

 

Guy Sebastian is the only Australian male artist to have ever achieved six number one singles and two number one albums in chart history.

Guy was born in Malaysia in 1981 and moved with his family to Melbourne, Australia at the age of 6. After turning 10 his family moved to Adelaide which they were to call home for all of Guy’s teenage years. Guy’s interest in music started at a young age taping his favorite songs from the age of four. It was at the age of 14 that Guy started singing.

Over the course of his career Guy has received 17 ARIA Award Nominations including Single of the Year, Best Male Artist and Best Pop Artist and winning Highest selling Single ARIA Awards for Angels Brought Me Here and Who’s That Girl. Altogether, Guy has released 11 top ten singles, and three other top 15 singles. Six of those singles have achieved multi-platinum certification, including the 8x platinum Battle Scars. With 42 platinum and three gold certifications and combined album and single sales over 3 million in Australia, Guy has one of Australia’s best success stories.

Guy became the first Australian Idol winner in 2003, capturing the hearts of Australians with his uniqueness and incredible vocal talent. His first solo single Angels Brought Me Here debuted at number one and was the fastest selling Australian single in ARIA chart history. The smash hit single also reached Number 1 in four Asian countries and New Zealand proving Guy is a world class talent. Subsequently he was invited to sing as a guest at American Idol in 2004.

His debut album Just As I Am once again dominated with record breaking sales. The success carried effortlessly into his second album, Beautiful Life, where Guy took more control of his craft, giving audiences a clearer perspective on his work without the weight of Australian Idol in his shoulders. Beautiful Life went Double Platinum earning him another Number 1 single Out With My Baby, which also scored him a 2005 MTV AVMA for Best Pop Video. A sell-out live tour showed the country he was more than just an as-seen-on-TV star with big hair, he was a genuine musician who oozed talent.

In 2007 Guy won the publicly voted Fave Aussie gong at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards in Sydney, for the third consecutive year. Guy also partnered Sarah Ryan three-time Australian Olympic swimmer on Seven Network's program, It Takes Two.

Having sold a staggering half a million records, Guy released his third album Closer To The Sun in September 2006. The album has to date reached platinum status and continues to sell strongly with three singles having being released.

In May 2007, Guy performed with a 60 piece strong Australian Philharmonic Orchestra for three special shows at the Sydney Opera and Hammer Hall, Melbourne, all shows sold out.

Also in 2007, Guy recorded his fourth studio album in Memphis, TN entitled The Memphis Album – a collection of the greatest Soul songs ever to come out of the Stax Records label. For the recording sessions he assembled many of musicians who wrote and played on many of the original tracks which included some of the greatest musicians in of all time including Steve Cropper and Donald “Duck” Dunn. The Memphis Album was released in November 2007 and sold more than Double Platinum, taking Guy back to the top of the charts. The Memphis Album was Guy’s third album to be nominated for the Highest Selling album category at the prestigious ARIA Awards in October 2008. In March 2008 the entire Memphis band joined Guy on his national Australian tour. The tour was met with critical acclaim and was nominated at the Helpman Awards for ‘Best Tour and Live Performance’.

In early 2007 Guy also wrote an recorded the official song for the World Youth Day 2008 which he performed on 20 July 2008 before the papal address to a live audience of 500,000 and a television audience of an estimated two billion.

In October 2008 Guy was nominated for and won two Australian Club Industry awards including the prestigious ‘Outstanding Performer of the Year’.

In 2008/2009 Guy moved to the US to record his 5th studio album. He spent time in Los Angeles recording tracks for the album with John Mayer whose legendary guitar playing features on four songs. The remainder of the album was recorded in New York and is set to be Guy’s greatest work to date.

In August 2009 the title track of the album Like It Like That was released and went straight to the top of the National Airplay and ARIA charts giving Guy his 4th #1 single.
The song was picked up by NBC in the US as the theme song to their national summer roll-campaign. Channel Seven also picked up the song to front their summer roll out across Australia helping take the track to the highest selling Australian song on iTunes in 2009.

Guy’s 5th studio album Like It like It That was released in November 2009 to critical acclaim going platinum with the single Like it Like That going triple platinum.

In 2010 he is touring the US & Australia as well as working as a judge on Channel 7’s hit television show The X Factor. Guy has also received six ARIA nomination’s for the 2010 ARIA Awards.

In November 2010 Guy released a retrospective ‘greatest hits’ hits package called Twenty Ten. The single Who’s That Girl featuring Eve and the album both went straight to the top of the ARIA and National Airplay charts and within four weeks had both reached Platinum sales. Twenty Ten is Guy’s sixth consecutive Platinum selling album.

In 2011 and 2012 Guy has continued on the highest rating show The X Factor. The last two years he has shown Australia what a fantastic mentor he can be with contestants Reece Mastin from his team winning in 2011 and Samantha Jade from his team winning in 2012.

Apart from the success of The X Factor, 2012 has been a huge year for Guy in many other ways. He and his wife Jules welcomed their son Hudson early in the year then Guy spent June traveling around the country for his sold out Armageddon Tour. His 7th album, also entitled Armageddon was released in October and featured four hugely successful singles: Don’t Worry, Be Happy, Gold, Battle Scars (featuring Lupe Fiasco) and Get Along.  Don’t Worry, Be Happy reached number five on the ARIA charts and 4x platinum status, Gold reached number ten, and gold status, Battle Scars debuted at number 1, and reached 6x platinum status and is Guy’s sixth number one song in Australia. It also reached number 2 in New Zealand and double platinum status there as well as number 6 in Norway. Guy performed the song live for the first time with Lupe Fiasco on The X Factor. He then performed the song in New York on The Late Show with David Letterman on 27 September. Battle Scars was also used in the US promotion for the movie Red Dawn and on release peaked at number one on the Billboard Rhythm Charts. Battle Scars also won the R&B/Hip-Hop category in the International Songwriting Competition, and Get Along won an Honorable Mention. Guy’s success as a mentor continued this year with Samantha Jade from his team also winning the season of The X Factor.  

Guy ‘s Get Along Tour national sold out tour which began in March 2013 and goes until the end of June 2013. Guy’s single Get Along was chosen to be used in Tony Abbot’s address to the United Nations in 2013.

Aside from his music, Guy enjoys a reputation as a person of the highest moral values and integrity. He is an official ambassador for The Red Cross, supports Royal Children’s Hospital, Sydney and Royal Melbourne