“There is an overwhelming internal sensation that we are going to bubble over if we don’t do SOMETHING, even if it’s small, just SOMETHING.”
Guy Sebastian is an Australian singer-songwriter, beginning his career as the first winner of the Australian Idol series in 2003. Guy’s interest in music started at a young age, taping his favourite songs from the age of four. As a child Guy took violin lessons, but it was at the age of 14 that Guy started singing, initially as a worship singer at his local church in Adelaide.
Despite having received no formal training during his childhood, today Guy is competent playing the guitar, drums and piano. Guy Sebastian is the only male artist to have ever achieved six number one singles and two number one albums in chart history. Over the course of his career Guy has received 22 ARIA Award nominations, including Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Pop Artist, Best Pop Release, Best Male Artist and in 2013, Guy has received nominations for the publicly voted categories of Best Australian Live Act and Song of the Year amongst others.
Over the course of his career, Guy has released 11 top ten singles, and three additional top 15 singles. Six of those singles have achieved multi-platinum certification, including the 8 x platinum Battle Scars. With 42 platinum and 3 gold certifications and combined album and single sale of over 3 million in Australia, Guy represents one of Australia’s biggest and best success stories. In August 2013, Battle Scars achieved platinum status in the US, with Guy being one of few artists in Australian music history to achieve such a prestigious accolade. Aside from his music, Guy enjoys a reputation as a person of the highest moral values and integrity.
Throughout the course of his successful career, Guy has demonstrated strong commitment to a number of different charities and benevolent projects. He is an official ambassador for the Red Cross and World Vision, and in early 2005, travelled to Uganda to film a World Vision documentary, ‘An Idol in Africa’, for a Ten Network television special. Guy’s support for World Vision has been further cemented by his continued ongoing commitments to the 40 Hour Famine, the Child Rescue program and the Make Poverty History initiative. Additionally, Guy continues to support and contribute to many other charitable projects.
In 2005, Guy was the guest performer on the annual Indian Pacific Outback Christmas Journey which raised money for the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service. In 2008, Guy performed a series of 11 concerts with the Australian Army Band in aid of raising funds for Legacy, a voluntary organisation which supports the families of deceased veterans. In 2009, Guy was praised by Sony CEO Denis Handlin for his continuing support of the Sony Foundation and its commitment to helping young Australians facing homelessness, severe illness, disability and isolation.
In 2010, Guy Sebastian recorded a cover of ‘Message in a Bottle’, available for exclusive download for a limited time period, and of which a portion of the cost was donated to the McGrath Foundation.
In 2013, Guy Sebastian supported and performed for the Optus RockCorps initiative, a partnership between Optus and RockCorps to engage, empower and celebrate giving back and the change people can make in their communities. Additionally, Guy continues to regularly perform at fundraising and charity events, including most recently for Camp Quality and in support of a number of hospitals, including, the Sydney Children’s Hospital, The Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.