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Theodore Sebastian (born October 26, 1981) is an Australian
singer who won the first series of Australian Idol
in 2003. Since winning the competition he has released
three albums and six singles, which have all achieved
success on the Australian music charts.
Sebastian was born in Klang, Malaysia to a Sri Lankan
and Malaysian father, and a mother of Portuguese and
English descent who had been raised in India. He moved
to Adelaide, South Australia as a child. He started
singing at the age of fourteen. After moving to Adelaide,
he attended school at King's Baptist Grammar School,
a Christian private school. He also attended the Paradise
Community Church, one of the largest in Australia
with over 5,000 people in attendance, associated with
the Pentecostal Assemblies of God. While at Paradise,
he joined their youth conference band, Planetshakers,
and sang as one of the lead singers, touring around
Australia and the United States. Sebastian never had
any formal voice training but was influenced by artists
such as Michael W. Smith and Stevie Wonder.
giving up University studies to concentrate on music,
and while working as a recording engineer and a singing
teacher, he decided to enter Australian Idol establishing
a fanbase and winning praise from the judges, who
also made reference to his afro hairstyle, which became
a focal part of his image. The final of Australian
Idol in which he competed against Shannon Noll was
the most popular program broadcast in Australia during
2003 and the second most popular non-sporting broadcast
in Australian television history.
World Idol he sang "What A Wonderful World"
by Louis Armstrong which is also on the Australian
Idol Final 12 CD and his debut album Just As I Am.
He was ranked 7th out of the 10 competitors. There
were questions over his song selection for the competition
as his new arrangement of "What A Wonderful World"
was an unusual version of a classic. However, during
the competition series it had been feted as a brilliant
arrangement. He was planning to use his rendition
of Prince's "When Doves Cry", but there
were legal issues with that choice. He is known as
an accomplished artist and musician, and his own arrangements
of the songs during the competition, together with
his unique voice and innate rhythm drew many fans.
following lists Sebastian's Australian Idol performances.
Audition - "Ribbon in the Sky" - (Stevie
Top 100 - "Back at One" - (Brian McKnight)
Top 75 - "Over the Rainbow" - (Judy Garland)
Semi Final Group 2 - "What a Wonderful World"
- (Louis Armstrong)
Top 12 (70's) - "The Love You Save" - (Jackson
Top 10 (#1 Hits) - "Everything I Do (I Do It
for You)" - (Bryan Adams)
Top 8 (Aussie Hits) - "Youre the Voice"
- (John Farnham)
Top 6 (80's) - "When Doves Cry" - (Prince)
Up, Close & Personal - "When I Get You Alone"
Top 5 (R&B/Soul) - "Hidden Agenda" -
Top 5 (R&B/Soul) - "Hello" - (Lionel
Top 4 (Big Band) - "The Way You Look Tonight"
- (Frank Sinatra)
Top 4 (Big Band) - "Hit the Road Jack" -
Top 3 (60's) - "Cant Take My Eyes Off You"
- (Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons)
Top 3 (60's) - "Climb Every Mountain" -
Final 2 - "I'll Be There" - (Jackson Five)
Final 2 - "Crazy in Love" - (Beyonce Knowles)
Final 2 - "Angels Brought Me Here"
winning Australian Idol, BMG signed up Guy Sebastian
for a record before Christmas, 2003. His first single
"Angels Brought Me Here" debuted at #1 on
the ARIA Charts. It set an Australian record for the
highest first week single sales from a debut and Australian
artist. Only the Princess Diana tribute by Elton John
sold more singles in its first week of release in
Australia. It was certified four times platinum selling
in excess of 280,000 copies, being only a limited
edition. The album was produced quite quickly in order
to be ready for Christmas, however Guy managed to
get three of his own songs recorded on the album alongside
those provided for him.
as I Am was released in December 2003 and debuted
at number one on the charts and became the best selling
album in Australia during the Summer of 2003. It went
onto become certified platinum 6x.
second single "All I Need Is You", unlike
"Angels Brought Me Here", was actually written
by Guy himself, and also debuted at number one in
the Australian charts. In a message posted on his
website, Sebastian said "I think the credibility
in having your own stuff makes you as an artist. Credibility
is what I've always strived for and I couldn't imagine
my first record not having one of my songs on it."
He also wrote "I 4 U" and "Something
Don't Feel Right" on the album.
first single "Angels Brought Me Here" reached
No. 1 in 4 Asian countries and New Zealand, whilst
"All I Need is You" reached no. 2 in Malaysia
and No. 5 in New Zealand. He was invited to sing the
single as a guest at American Idol in 2004, singing
"Angels Brought Me Here" (2005 winner Carrie
Underwood sang this song as well). "Kryptonite"
also reached Malaysia in 2005 but management never
pursued any overseas releases of any later songs.
Beautiful Life (2004)In October 2004, Sebastian released
Beautiful Life, his second album. This album gave
audiences a clearer perspective on his work without
the weight of Australian Idol on his shoulders. The
album had a more R&B edge to it including a duet
with American R&B singer, Mýa. The first
single off the album, "Out with My Baby"
which was released a few weeks before, peaked at #1
on the ARIA Charts. The follow up singles were both
Top 20 successes with "Kryptonite", his
second single peaking at #15 and his third single
"Oh Oh" reaching #11.
Sebastian performed at the 20th Anniversary SAFM Sky
Show in Adelaide in front of over approximately 150,000
people along with Slinkee Minx. This was one of the
largest open air concerts held in Australia in 2005.
September 16, 2006, Guy released "Taller, Stronger,
Better", the first single from his third album
Closer to the Sun. Prior to its release, he performed
the song on the Top 24 show of the fourth season of
Australian Idol. The single debuted at #3 on the ARIA
charts. Sebastian has stated that the album will be
more rock-orientated. Some tracks that appear on the
album were premiered at the free concert at Federation
Square on the 27th of September. Those tracks were
"Out of Place", "Elevator Love"
and "Can't Stop a River". Sebastian won
the publicly voted Fave Aussie gong at the 2006 Nickelodeon
Kids Choice Awards in Sydney, for the second year
in succession. The big award of the night, Guy also
had the honour of being presented with his statue
by none other than Bindi Irwin. The win topped off
an incredible night for Guy, who also performed a
brand new song, "Elevator Love", earlier
in the night. The album debuted at #4 on the ARIA
Album charts and was certified gold status in its
Guy Sebastian visiting Ugandan children in Africa
as role as World Vision ambassadorIn 2005, Sebastian
was appointed Ambassador for World Vision. In August
of that year he visited Uganda to shoot a documentary
An Idol in Africa for a Network Ten television special
which was broadcast on December 3, 2005. He highlighted
the issues of poverty and civil war and its effect
on the population.
It Takes Two
In 2006 Sebastian was a performer on the Seven Network's
weekly musical competition program, "It Takes
Two", in which performers from non-musical fields
are teamed with professional singers, to perform a
duet each week. A panel of four judges score each
performance, and viewers vote by phone or SMS for
their favourite duet. Guy Sebastian's partner was
three-time Australian Olympic swimmer Sarah Ryan.
30 July, the celebrities chose a song that their partners
were famous for. Sarah Ryan chose Sebastian's debut
hit Angels bought me here to perform on the night.
On 6 August, they participated in the final of the
competition where they were the runners up, behind
Erika Heynatz and David Hobson.
also performed a new song titled "Taller, Stronger,
Better" from his upcoming third album. The reception
of this song (Gary Pinto, Phil Turcio and Guy Sebastian)
was so overwhelming that public reaction required
release of this as his first single from his forthcoming
Sebastian has been public about his strong Christian
beliefs and has spoken of plans to release a gospel
album for the American market in 2006. He has a strong
involvement with several large Australian charitable
organisations and was a nominee for the "Young
Australian of the Year".
September 2006, he admitted to being at the receiving
end of homophobic remarks, derogotary comments regarding
his music career and physical harassment made by members
of the public. Sebastian, who is heterosexual, was
subjected to having his car graffitied with homosexual
epithets and eggs being thrown at his house. According
to reports, the comments offended him as "30%
of his friends are gay". Sebastian stated that
the incident affected his work on the third album
to the extent that he considered quitting being a
singer altogether. (Credit: