Guy Sebastian (b. October 26, 1981) is a Malaysian-born Australian pop
singer-songwriter and musician. He gained fame after winning the inaugural season of Australian Idol
in 2003 and went on to have a seven-times platinum debut album (Just As I Am
) which spawned the quadruple-platinum number-one single
"Angels Brought Me Here".
Since then he's gone on to receive 17 ARIA Award nominations, including Single of the Year, Best Male Artist and Best Pop Release, and won Highest Selling Single ARIA Awards for "Angels Brought Me Here" and the Eve collaboration "Who's That Girl". He's also recorded with the likes of Mya, John Mayer, Jordin Sparks, Lionel Richie and the original Stax Records house band, while other musicians such as Brian McKnight and Robin Thicke
have written songs for him. All of his albums have received either platinum or multi-platinum accreditations, making him one of the most successful popstars in Australian history. In addition, he's performed for Queen Elizabeth II, Pope Benedict XVI, Oprah Winfrey
and the entire viewership of American Idol
when Simon Cowell invited him to perform on the show in 2004. He's even had his songs covered by the likes of Wayne Brady
A philanthropist, Sebastian is also an ambassador for World Vision Australia. His visit to Africa in 2005 spawned the TV documentary An Australian Idol in Africa
, which was met with high ratings when it was screened on Network Ten (also the channel that ran Australian Idol
). He also runs a charity called "The Sebastian Foundation" with his wife, Jules.
Apart from his music career he was also a judge and mentor on The X Factor Australia
from 2010 to 2012, winning twice with Samantha Jade
and Reece Mastin
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