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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
Apart from his music career he has also been a judge and mentor on The X Factor Australia
since 2010, winning twice with Samantha Jade
and Reece Mastin
This musician contains examples of:
- Amicable Exes: Had (temporarily) broken up with his girlfriend just before his stint on Australian Idol. The couple reunited in early 2004.
- Anti-Love Song: "Beg", "Never Ever Said Goodbye", "Never Hold You Down".
- Break Up Song: "Unbreakable", "Wish I Didn't Tell You", "Wait", "How", "Forever With You", "Undo", "Amnesia".
- Children Are Innocent: Invoked on "Big Bad World", which Sebastian wrote about his newborn son.
- Christian Rock: He has contributed to many Christian albums both before and during fame. He wrote and sang the Theme Song to World Youth Day 2008 and has expressed interest in producing a gospel album to break the US market.
- Cover Album: The Memphis Album, which contained thirteen Memphis soul covers and one original song. He cut the album with the original Stax Records house band in Ardent Studios, Memphis.
- Cover Version: Though his participation on a Talent Show and release of a cover album make examples too many to list, a few notable ones include "Climb Every Mountain" as the B-Side to "All I Need Is You", New Edition's "Can You Stand the Rain" on Just As I Am and Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" on Beautiful Life.
- Darker and Edgier: Beautiful Life, as it contains more songs about loss and a song about wasted youth. It even veered into Hotter and Sexier territory with songs like "Sweetest Berry", "Fiend For You" and "Oh Oh". However, it did contain enough feel-good songs to justify its title.
- The Armageddon album and its third single, "Battle Scars".
- Deliberately Monochrome: The majority of the video for "Gold".
- Drugs Are Bad: "Anthem of Why".
- Duet Bonding: In the late 1990s, Sebastian and another girl were asked by a friend to sing the Mariah Carey song "Whenever You Call" at their wedding. Sebastian and the other girl barely knew each other when they started rehearsing together, but started becoming close as time went on, edging closer towards a High School Sweethearts relationship. After performing the song at the wedding, they shared their first kiss in front of the bride and groom as well as a large number of people. Fast-forward to 2012, and that girl is now Sebastian's wife and the mother of his child. To top it off, they were each other's First Love. Awwwww.
- Fanboy: Of cricket, no less. He was an avid cricketer before his singing career took off, and about half of all his Twitter and Facebook updates are about which game he happens to be watching at the time.
- He seems to be a fanboy of sport in general. And music, naturally.
- Follow Your Heart: "Beautiful Life".
- Freudian Slip / Blooper: This. Just... this.
- Funny Afro: Sported one from his days in Australian Idol to circa 2006. Though it was his trademark at the time, he did get teased for it, mainly from Dicko who said that he looked like he had "stuck his finger in an electric socket".
- It even briefly came with its own Catch Phrase, "Go the 'Fro".
- Genre Roulette: He's played with many styles including pop-rock, straight-up balladry, R&B, dance-pop and soul.
- God Is Love Song: "Taller, Stronger, Better".
- Grief Song: "Make Heaven Wait".
- Hidden Depths / Genre Savvy: Called the winner for 2011 X Factor in a Lil Rocker called Reece Mastin, he's been quite successful, gaining fans day to day. Guy also showed incredible musical picking talent in going with Samantha Jade for his team in 2012, who did go from strength to strength. However, Guy only revealed her true self towards the end of the game, making the other judges "nervous" and she eventually won the show. He's also a talented photographer and has held public exhibitions for his works.
- Hopeless Suitor: "Cover on My Heart" is about one.note
- Idol Singer: Was literally this at one stage.
- Incredibly Long Note: Was known for this on Australian Idol.
- In Da Club: "Out With My Baby" and "Who's That Girl". "Takin' Me Over" has shades of this.
- Intercourse with You: Implied in "Sweetest Berry" and "Died and Gone to Heaven".
- Lighter and Softer: Every album from Closer to the Sun onwards is this in comparison to Beautiful Life.
- Love Nostalgia Song: "Back In the Day", "Summer Love".
- Melismatic Vocals: Deserve special mention here as they managed to bring three judges and an entire studio audience to tears.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Closer to the Sun, in particular, is a pop-rock album infused with R&B, soul, techno, jazz, funk and reggae.
- New Sound Album / And Now For Something Completely Different: Each one of his albums has a distinct sound and personality.
- Just As I Am was, for the most part, pure pop infused with the faintest hint R&B as a result of Executive Meddling (he also had to record the album in six days so it could be Christmas Rushed).
- Beautiful Life was distinctly more pure, international-sounding R&B infused with funk, soul and disco.
- Closer to the Sun was, for the most part, a Beatles-inspired pop-rock album which broke from his usual Soul/R&B sound.
- The Memphis Album, a covers album (save for one original song titled "I'd Like to Get to Know You") and Like It Like That an originals album, were pure soul albums inspired by the Memphis sound of the 1960s.
- Armageddon— as a whole — was a departure from Guy's usual brand of blue-eyed soul, being an album many have described as being "mature, adult pop".
- His as-yet-untitled seventh studio album looks like it will be inspired by EDM and dance music.
- Nice Guy: This trope, his hair and his voice were essentially the three elements that won him Australian Idol. He knows many of his fans by name, chats to them and even makes time to visit sick kids in hospital every now and again.
- Obsession Song: "Fiend For You".
- Raised Catholic: Still believes in God, but is not as militant about his beliefs as he was a decade ago.
- Reality Show / Talent Show: Won the first season of Australian Idol in 2003, which back then was Serious Business for the majority of the general public, and then went on to compete in World Idol (he placed seventh). He was also at one stage a singing partner and mentor on It Takes Two and is now also a judge on The X Factor Australia.
- Rearrange the Song: The album version of "Don't Worry Be Happy" uses a completely different instrumentation to the one used on the single mix.
- The Rival: Missy Higgins called him out on being a "manufactured" artist because he won a reality show, leading to a bit of tension between the two for a while.
- Self-Backing Vocalist
- Sibling Rivalry: Though not in a true way, as his younger brother Chris was a contestant on The Voice and is now rapidly gaining enough fame to compete with his older brother.
- Silly Love Songs: Has quite a few, including "All I Need Is You" (which he wrote for his now-wife), "Magic", "Stars Collide" and "Gold".
- Singer Namedrop: Machel Montano drops Guy's name and his own name at the beginning of "Gon' Getcha".
- Soul Brotha: Played for Laughs at the beginning of his career.
- Spear Counterpart: To Delta Goodrem, who was apparently his Celeb Crush at one stage.
- Spoken Word In Music: There's a brief soundbite of Otis Redding speaking at the beginning of "Gold".
- Stalker with a Crush: "Fiend For You". Although it can also be taken as a lover going through the stage of infatuation.
- Stuffy Old Song About The Buttocks: "Oh Oh".
- Teen Pregnancy: Happens to one of the song's subjects in "Anthem of Why". She gives up on her dreams to be a singer because of it.
- Title Track: Every album save for The Memphis Album and Twenty Ten contain one.
- Troll: Pulls this kind of behaviour a lot. For example, when his X Factor protege Samantha Jade expressed her concern of performing to a crowd she believed would be composed of only twenty people, Guy comforted her and assured her there were actually thirty-five.
- Unplugged Version: The second disc of Twenty Ten is filled with acoustic versions of his songs. He's also given this treatment to some of his covers as well.
- A Wild Rapper Appears: Eve in "Who's That Girl" and Lupe Fiasco in "Battle Scars". Though Lupe isn't really so much of "a wild rapper appears" as he is practically taking over the whole song.
- Inverted with his feature on Swift K.I.D's "Bed of Clouds". He's the guest vocalist in the song, but he sings more than the average vocalist does during a modern hip-hop track.
- You Need to Get Laid: Sebastian was Australia's poster boy for premarital virginity during the years 2003-2008 (when he married his longtime girlfriend, Julie Egan). This was basically the general public's reaction every time his sexuality (or lack thereof) was discussed in the media.
- Your Cheating Heart: "Something Don't Feel Right".