Guy Sebastian: Virgin Until Age 26April 3rd, 2012 by WTM.org Community
It’s about self-respect, loving yourself, and not looking for other things to fill the voids.
After winning the first season of Australian Idol, Guy Sebastian went on to become one of Australia’s most successful Pop/R&B stars, with 6 platinum albums, scores of top-10 singles, and one mega-hit that became the most popular song in Australia for the last decade. Guy has always been open about his decision to wait until marriage for sex, and has made it clear that he aims to be the counter argument to modern celebrity culture.
Quotes About Abstinence and Marriage
My virginity is important to me and part of an overall belief.
All the girls in Hollywood seem to be doing [jail] time. They drive with a baby in one arm and a beer in another. Or they are doing coke and getting caught. I want to be part of an attempted balancing act. I want to provide another avenue for kids to look at. I’m not saying any one way is right. It’s not a matter of judging.
It’s about not sleeping with everyone you come into contact with. It’s about not getting wasted every night. It’s about self-respect, loving yourself and not looking for other things to fill the voids.
I’ve got no regrets about telling people I’m a virgin.
For someone who doesn’t get what we believe, it’s very hard to understand. Every bloke, including myself, is dying to have Tree. Dying. But it’s just a matter of controlling the physical and our faith.
Kids should know there are other ways to behave.
It’s been a long wait. But we’ve weathered a lot of things already and we’re ready for marriage.
Guy’s Wife Jules Egan on Abstinence and Marriage
People think you’re a bit freaky if you don’t sleep with your boyfriend.
We’re still going to keep ourselves for when we marry.
We’re not putting things off. We’ve been together such a long time, and to be married will be just fantastic. It makes me feel more grown up.’
Interesting Facts about Guy Sebastian
- He is the only Australian male artist in Australian music history to achieve five number one singles, and is equal third overall for all Australian acts.
- Guy has penned songs for some of the biggest artists in the world including Usher.
- Sebastian has had a strong commitment to charity. He has been an ambassador for the Ronald McDonald House charities, and is currently an ambassador for the Australian Red Cross and Golden Stave (the Australian music and entertainment industry’s charity fund raising organization).
- He gives his time freely for countless other charities, children’s hospitals and people in need with. He is an official ambassador for World Vision and Project Futures.
- Before winning Australian Idol, Guy was a school music teacher and an audio engineer.
- Lenny Kravitz was the inspiration for his Afro hairstyle.
- He wrote gospel songs for his church during his teenage years
- He has three brothers (younger brothers Chris and Jeremy and an older brother, Ollie).
- He and his wife Jules, are members of the Assemblies of God’s Paradise Community Church in Adelaide. This is where they met 13 years ago.
- His hit single “Angels Brought Me Here” also reached number one in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia and New Zealand
Born: Born Guy Theodore Sebastian in Selangor, Malaysia on October 26, 1981 to father Ivan who is of Sri Lankan descent and mother Nellie who has an English and Portuguese background.
Age 6: Moved to Melbourne when he was 6 years old after his father, a geologist, was sent there for work.
Age 10: He and his family moved to Adelaide, South Australia. This became home to him throughout his teenage years. After moving to Adelaide, he attended school at King’s Baptist Grammar School, a Christian private school.
Childhood Years: As a child Sebastian took violin lessons, and although he had no formal training in other musical instruments also plays guitar, drums and piano.
Teenage Years: While his mates were listening to New Kids on the Block and Pearl Jam, Guy would play classic soul tunes from the likes of Otis Redding, Al Green and Wilson Pickett.
He also attended the Paradise Community Church, one of the largest in Australia with over 6,000 people in attendance, associated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of God where he became one of the main worship singers. He considered this as a modern day of going to church.
Age 21: He sang with the then Paradise Community Church Youth Conference Planetshakers, performing both lead and backup vocals for their 2002 and 2003 conferences and albums.
After 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.
Age 22: Wins Australian Idol, and gaining a recording contract with BMG (Sony). Winning single “Angels Brought Me Here” debuts at number one and was the highest selling single in Australia in 2003. Appears at the Asian MTV Awards, was a guest judge on New Zealand Idol and performed on Indonesian Idol. Wins ARIA Music Awards for the Highest Selling Single, and a Channel V Oz Artist of the Year Award.
Age 23: Recording on two of the top albums for his Label, Adore in 2004 and Set Me Free in 2005. Tours with a second stage for the months. Wins awards for Favorite Video, Favorite Music Artist, and Favorite Aussie at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, and a MTV Video Music Award for “Out With My Baby.”
Age 24: Performs at the annual Indian Pacific Outback Christmas Journey (raised money for the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service). His single “Taller, Stronger, Better” debuted at number three in August 2006, and achieved gold certification. The album peaked at number four and was certified platinum.
Between May and August 2006, Sebastian appeared as a mentor on the inaugural It Takes Two, in which performers from non-musical fields are teamed with professional singers to perform a duet each week. Sebastian’s partner was three-time Australian Olympic swimmer Sarah Ryan and they finished second.
He travelled to Uganda to film a World Vision documentary “An Idol in Africa” for a Network Ten television special.
He was awarded as publicly voted Best Aussie in Nickelodeon Australian Kids’ Choice Awards for the second year in succession. He also performed a brand new song, “Elevator Love”, earlier in the night and was presented with the Award by Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late and great Steve Irwin.
Age 25: He recorded an album of soul classics in Memphis, Tennessee with Stax musicians who played on and wrote some of the original songs. Closer to the Sun third single “Cover On My Heart” was released in August, peaking at number thirty two on the Aria chart.
Closer to the Sun was awarded Best Album at the 2007 Urban Music Awards, and Most Popular Album at the Dolly Teen Choice Awards.
He recorded his tribute album of soul classics at Ardent Studios, Memphis with Steve Cropper, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn, and Steve Potts (a.k.a. The MGs), with Lester Snell on keyboards.
Guy performed with a 60 piece strong Australian Philharmonic Orchestra for three special shows at the Sydney Opera and Hammer Hall, Melbourne, all shows sold out.
Age 26: The Memphis Album debuted at number three in November 2007, and was the seventh highest selling Australian artist album of the year. Shortly after Sebastian’s return to Australia it was announced that The MGs would tour Australia with him in early 2008.
“Receive the Power” a song written by Sebastian and Gary Pinto was chosen as official anthem for the Roman Catholic Church’s XXIII World Youth Day held in Sydney in 2008.
Performed “Summer Nights” with Olivia Newton-John at the State Theatre in Sydney to raised funds for Newton-John’s Cancer and Wellness Centre Appeal.
He was presented with the Extreme Inspiration Award at the Dolly Teen Choice Awards for his continuing support of World Vision.
After eight years of courtship, Sebastian and girlfriend Jules Egan became engaged. They were married in Manly, Sydney on 17 May 2008.
Age 27: He was signed to release an album in the US, and in November he returned to America to work on his new album. He spent time in Los Angeles recording tracks for the album with John Mayer who’s legendary guitar playing features on four songs.
He moved to New York in early 2009 to prepare for the release of the US album which was a mix of Memphis soul covers and original songs. “Like It like That”, the title track of Sebastian’s fifth album, was released in Australia in August 2009 and reached number one, his fourth number one single. It became the highest selling Australian artist song that year, reaching triple platinum certification.
He performed with Steve Cropper and David Ryan Harris at the 9th Annual NON-COMMvention. The event is the premier annual conference for North America’s non-commercial Triple A radio.
Age 28: Like it Like That, an original soul album with all songs written or co-written by Sebastian, was released. It reached number six and was certified platinum. He toured in Australia during February 2010 and again in June and July. He was chosen as a judge on the 2010 series of Australia’s The X-Factor. To fulfill commitments to X-Factor and also the release of his album in America Sebastian, divided his time between Australia and the US during the show. Sebastian and Delta Goodrem were chosen by the Jackson estate to perform at the Australian launch of This Is It.
Age 29: In 2010, his hit single “Angels Brought Me Here“ was named the highest selling song of the previous decade. It sold in excess of 303,000 copies while still in the ARIA Top 50, which at the time was the highest sales ever recorded for an Australian artist single. Sebastian released a retrospective album titled Twenty Ten in November 2010. “Who’s That Girl” reached 4× platinum certification in 2011.
He supported Boyzone on their 2011 UK tour, and Lionel Ritchie on his Australian and New Zealand tour. They re-recorded Richie’s 1983 single “All Night Long” to raise money for Australian and New Zealand flood and earthquake relief.
Age 30: “Don’t Worry Be Happy”, the lead single from his seventh album, was released. He returned to the US in early 2012 to complete work on the album, which is titled Armageddon. He became a father when their first child, Hudson James, was born on March 3, 2012.
References & Credits
- Image: Guy Sebastian and Wife