Guy Sebastian Bio

Guy Sebastian

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Already a bonafide superstar in his homeland of Australia where he was the winner of the first Australian Idol TV talent competition in 2003, Guy Sebastian is poised to conquer America with his dynamic new CD, Like It Like That. The new record is a perfect alliance of old meets new, marrying the intoxicating stone cold grooves of old school R&B with a winning modern sensibility. Possessing a remarkably soulful voice, Sebastian's extraordinary vocals channel iconic 60's soul legends like Al Green yet firmly resound with the singular stamp of his own unique personality. Penning eight of the album's eleven cuts, Sebastian's songwriting skills are as strong as his wonderfully expressive singing.

Soul music has always been pulsing in Guy Sebastian’s veins. During his formative years in Adelaide, Australia, Sebastian steered clear of the disposable teen-pop embraced by his friends, and found himself inexplicably drawn to classic soul and R&B of the 60's and 70's.

R&B, soul and gospel was the thing that I was immediately drawn to,” Sebastian affirms. “When I was really young I remember spending hours and hours by the radio singing along to all the great old soul singers. While I liked all different kinds of music I would always find myself going back to people like Al Green, Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder and Otis Redding.”

Listening back to Like it Like That one can sense that vital music education paid off handsomely as is evident on well chosen covers like “I Can’t Stop The Rain,” and “Take Me To The River,” which feature legendary guitarist Steve Cropper (of Booker T & The MG’s). Cropper, who co-wrote Otis Redding's soul classic "Dock of The Bay" among other classic Stax/Volt hits, also lends his six-string prowess to “I’d Like to Get to Know You,” one of the new and joyously uplifting songs on the album. Their friendship began in 2007 when Cropper played on Sebastian’s most recent Australian release The Memphis Album. Sebastian proceeded to tour with Cropper and the MG’s in 2008. Of Guy’s soulful voice Cropper enthuses, “Guy is one of the best singers I’ve ever worked with. He's the voice that we've been looking for.”

John Mayer also puts his stamp on Like It Like That playing guitar and singing backup vocals on a number of tracks including “Failed To Mention,” on which his slinky guitar solo punctuates the seductive chorus and Sebastian’s heavenly falsetto stylings.

Helping Sebastian realize his creative vision is producer David Ryan Harris, who's worked with the likes of John Mayer, Mariah Carey and the Neville Brothers. Harris' meticulous production and impeccable arrangements perfectly capture the impassioned heart and elegant soul of Sebastian's music. “I love classic rock and soul records and those kinds of production were perfectly suited for Guy's music where the lyric and vocal were the most important element,” Harris divulges. “So I wanted to be able to frame Guy's voice and songs in a way where there wasn't a lot of extra fluff."

Sultry and seductive, Sebastian's new album is a vibrant modern day soul soundscape brimming with sweeping melodies, percolating grooves and heartfelt lyrics.

"I want to produce music that expresses my soul", says Sebastian. “Right now I’m all about feelin’ good. I just wanted to make a record takes people away from what’s going on in their lives and makes them feel good.”

Consider exhibit A, Like It Like That as a slam dunk toward that noble cause.

<!--- Non-Html GUY SEBASTIAN BIO – LIKE IT LIKE THAT Already a bonafide superstar in his homeland of Australia where he was the winner of the first Australian Idol TV talent competition in 2003, Guy Sebastian is poised to conquer America with his dynamic new CD, Like It Like That. The new record is a perfect alliance of old meets new, marrying the intoxicating stone cold grooves of old school R&B with a winning modern sensibility. Possessing a remarkably soulful voice, Sebastian's extraordinary vocals channel iconic 60's soul legends like Al Green yet firmly resound with the singular stamp of his own unique personality. Penning eight of the album's eleven cuts, Sebastian's songwriting skills are as strong as his wonderfully expressive singing. Soul music has always been pulsing in Guy Sebastian’s veins. During his formative years in Adelaide, Australia, Sebastian steered clear of the disposable teen-pop embraced by his friends, and found himself inexplicably drawn to classic soul and R&B of the 60's and 70's. “R&B, soul and gospel was the thing that I was immediately drawn to,” Sebastian affirms. “When I was really young I remember spending hours and hours by the radio singing along to all the great old soul singers. While I liked all different kinds of music I would always find myself going back to people like Al Green, Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder and Otis Redding.” Listening back to Like it Like That one can sense that vital music education paid off handsomely as is evident on well chosen covers like “I Can’t Stop The Rain,” and “Take Me To The River,” which feature legendary guitarist Steve Cropper (of Booker T & The MG’s). Cropper, who co-wrote Otis Redding's soul classic "Dock of The Bay" among other classic Stax/Volt hits, also lends his six-string prowess to “I’d Like to Get to Know You,” one of the new and joyously uplifting songs on the album. Their friendship began in 2007 when Cropper played on Sebastian’s most recent Australian release The Memphis Album. Sebastian proceeded to tour with Cropper and the MG’s in 2008. Of Guy’s soulful voice Cropper enthuses, “Guy is one of the best singers I’ve ever worked with. He's the voice that we've been looking for.” John Mayer also puts his stamp on Like It Like That playing guitar and singing backup vocals on a number of tracks including “Failed To Mention,” on which his slinky guitar solo punctuates the seductive chorus and Sebastian’s heavenly falsetto stylings. Helping Sebastian realize his creative vision is producer David Ryan Harris, who's worked with the likes of John Mayer, Mariah Carey and the Neville Brothers. Harris' meticulous production and impeccable arrangements perfectly capture the impassioned heart and elegant soul of Sebastian's music. “I love classic rock and soul records and those kinds of production were perfectly suited for Guy's music where the lyric and vocal were the most important element,” Harris divulges. “So I wanted to be able to frame Guy's voice and songs in a way where there wasn't a lot of extra fluff." Sultry and seductive, Sebastian's new album is a vibrant modern day soul soundscape brimming with sweeping melodies, percolating grooves and heartfelt lyrics. "I want to produce music that expresses my soul", says Sebastian. “Right now I’m all about feelin’ good. I just wanted to make a record takes people away from what’s going on in their lives and makes them feel good.” Consider exhibit A, Like It Like That as a slam dunk toward that noble cause.

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