MTV Sessions presents Australian Superstar Guy Sebastian’s first performance in Singapore

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Singapore, 26 May 2014 – MTV today announced Australian singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian will perform for the first time in Singapore in the music series MTV Sessions on Monday, 30 June at 8pm at Resorts World Sentosa’s Waterfront Studio. The chart-topper will perform a selection of songs for the show. Sebastian’s new album will be out later this year and his latest single “Like a Drum” topped the Hot 100 chart in Australia last year and broke into the top 20 in the U.S.’s Billboard Dance Club Song chart. A limited number of passes to the exclusive showcase will be given out on MTV’s website. MTV Sessions: Guy Sebastian will premiere on MTV Asia on Friday, 18 July at 9pm (WIB), 10pm (SG/HK) and 11pm (MAL) with additional content available online at www.mtvasia.com/mtvsessions. MTV Sessions: Guy Sebastian is ignited by Xpax, and in partnership with Tourism Malaysia and Resorts World Sentosa Singapore.





Sebastian rose to fame after capturing the hearts of his fellow Australians with his unique vocal talents and was crowned the first Australian Idol winner in 2003. Since then, he has released seven consecutive multi-platinum albums, seven number one singles, judged Australia’s The X Factor from 2010 to 2012 and took 2012's "Battle Scars" to platinum status in the U.S. with rapper Lupe Fiasco. He has received 22 ARIA Awards nominations to date and recently picked up the Best Pop Release award for his album Armageddon and Best Live Act award at the 2013 ARIA Awards, making these his third and fourth wins for the prestigious music awards. Sebastian also scored the Best Pop Video award at the MTV Australian Video Music Awards in 2005 and 2007 and won the publicly voted Fave Aussie award at Nickelodeon’s Australia Kids Choice Awards twice.







“It’s exciting for me to be part of MTV Sessions and perform in Singapore for the first time. I can’t wait to hang out with my fans in the studio and just have a good time on stage!” says Sebastian.

From now till 20 June, fans who wish to catch the live recording of Sebastian’s exclusive showcase on 30 June can visit www.mtvasia.com/mtvsessions to take part in an online contest to win passes.

MTV Sessions is recorded live in front of a 200-strong studio audience. It is a series of music shows that allow music lovers the rare opportunity to watch the latest and upcoming international and regional artists showcase their craft live in an intimate setting. Besides performing their own songs, the artists also perform covers and remixes of their favourite songs produced exclusively for MTV. Fans get to learn more about the work and life of these artists who will share their music and personal stories in MTV Sessions which follows a casual and revealing style. Artists that have been featured on the show previously include James Morrison, Greyson Chance, Russian Red, Ming Bridges, and The Temper Trap.

MTV Sessions is shot at Resort World Sentosa’s Waterfront Studio, a purpose-built TV studio located at the waterfront of the 49 hectare mega-resort. Fully treated for the best acoustic performance with state-of-the-art technology, and equipped with the latest in audio, lighting and full HD camera systems, the studio space is optimal for production recordings with a live audience.

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GUY SEBASTIAN

The highest-selling male artist in his home country's history, Guy Sebastian brings some real heart to pop music and he never loses sight of the one special experience that started it all and essentially shaped him.

"When I was six-years-old, I heard Sam Cooke sing for the first time," he smiles. "My dad was playing his tape, and I was like, 'What is this? I want to do this. I need to be that guy!' Sam was my hero growing up. In a way, I'm like an organic soul singer blending in some electronica, pop, and R&B production."

Born in Malaysia and brought up in Adelaide - which for outsiders he likens to "Delaware as referenced in Wayne's World" - he spent his formative years immersing himself in music at every turn possible. Soon, he had transformed his passion into a career after a breakout out on Australian Idol in 2003 without ever losing sight of the same youthful and vibrant energy that attracted him to music in the first place.

Now, Sebastian seizes that spirit on his 2014 single "Like a Drum". Composed by the artist on an acoustic guitar and already a #1 Hot 100 smash down under, the song delivers an upbeat refrain with a poppy bounce and enigmatic instrumentation. Thumping with an unshakable and uplifting beat, it also speaks to something truly timeless.

The track also lays the foundation for the release of his forthcoming full-length North American debut, which will be out in 2014 through The Cherry Party/RED Associated Labels/RCA, simultaneously with Europe and Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Blending a myriad of influences from folk to gospel and R&B, he makes an intimately personal musical statement with his own stamp lyrically and instrumentally.

Already, Sebastian has been tapped as a brand ambassador for Canon, given unforgettable performances at Sundance Film Festival, lined up appearances at SXSW and has given his first full-blown North American tour in support of the album.

Website: www.guysebastian.com

**Photo credits: Viacom International Media Networks


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