Guy Theodore Sebastian (born 26 October 1981) is an Australian pop, R&B, and soul singer-songwriter who was the first winner of Australian Idol in 2003. Since 2010 he has been a judge on Australia’s The X Factor. Sebastian has released six top ten platinum/multi-platinum albums, including a number one and two. He has also released 12 top 15 singles, including nine top tens. Five of these singles reached number one, the most number one singles for an Australian male artist in Australian music history, and he is equal third overall for all Australian acts. Four of his singles gained multi-platinum certification, with “Angels Brought Me Here”, “Who’s That Girl” and “Don’t Worry Be Happy” achieving 4× platinum. ”Angels Brought Me Here” was the highest selling song in Australia last decade. With 30 platinum and three gold certifications and combined album and single sales of over 2.2 million in Australia, Sebastian has the highest certifications and sales of any Australian Idol contestant.
“Angels Brought Me Here” also reached number one in four Asian countries and New Zealand. Sebastian had a second number one in New Zealand with “Who’s That Girl”, two other top ten singles and a number three album, and gained four platinum and two gold certifications there. He has worked with some notable American musicians. He co-wrote songs with Brian McKnight and Robin Thicke for his album Beautiful Life. The Memphis Album was recorded with members ofthe MGs including Steve Cropper, who were his band on his 2008 Australian tour. Like It Like That has three tracks with John Mayer on guitar and backing vocals, and “Art of Love” featuring Jordin Sparks. “Who’s That Girl” from his album Twenty Ten features US rapper Eve, and Lupe Fiasco features on a track on his upcoming album Armageddon.
During his career Sebastian has received 14 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 “Who’s That Girl”. ”Who’s That Girl” also won the 2011 APRA Urban Work of the Year Award. Other awards include the [V] Oz Artist of the Year Award, and Urban Music Awards for Best Male Artist and Best R&B Album. Sebastian has performed at many notable events, including performing for Pope Benedict XVI, Oprah Winfrey and Queen Elizabeth II. He has a strong commitment to charity, and is currently an ambassador for World Vision Australia, Golden Stave and theAustralian Red Cross.
“Don’t Worry Be Happy”, the lead single of Sebastian’s seventh album, was released in November 2011. It peaked at number five and also reached 4× platinum certification. It is a pop song he wrote after encountering an angry motorist in Los Angeles.Sebastian returned to the US in early 2012 to complete work on the album, which is titled Armageddon. Although no release date for the album has been announced as yet Sebastian toured nationally in June and July, showcasing some of his new songs. The second single “Gold”, an uptempo soul track, was released in May 2012. It peaked at number ten and has been certified gold, and is Sebastian’s ninth top ten entry on the ARIA Singles Chart. The third single “Battle Scars” features American rapper Lupe Fiasco, and was released on 10 August.