Fourteen years ago Guy Sebastian was the winner on the inaugural Australian Idol music competition.
Now he’s bound for Nowra on a national tour to launch his tenth studio album.
The well-known musician will perform a preview show at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre on Tuesday, October 31, to kick off the Conscious Tour, before heading to Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne and Adelaide and Perth.
The Nowra performance will be one of only two regional shows, with Sebastian saying his tour was all about “soulful, heartfelt singing and brilliant live musicianship”.
The afro and soul patch he was known for in his first years may be gone, but his talent for producing music is still as strong as ever.
Although the album, Conscious, is set to be released Friday, October 27, the first new single, High On Me, is available now.
Sebastian, who has spent the last decade on the road performing and sharing his music, thought that a direction of positivity was the next step for him in his musical career, and aimed for an upbeat single with his new release.
“I feel like I’ve had so many ah-ha moments this last year. One of the biggest is that every now and again everybody just needs a reason to let go, smile and dance,” Sebastian said of the inspiration for High On Me.
“High On Me came about while I was in Bali on a writing trip, surrounded by mountains and yoga enthusiasts who like me seemed high on life at the time.
“I really wanted to create a soulful earworm that would make young and old want to get up out of their chair and enjoy the moment.”
The singer/songwriter will showcase his new songs, along with classic hits.
“This album has been one of my most creative projects to date. I am looking forward to creating some magic on the road and showcasing these songs in a way that no one has seen me do before,” Sebastian said.
“The tour will be very special. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Joining Sebastian as a special guest on the tour is Aussie-born Berlin-based singer/songwriter, Matt Gresham.
Gresham has had a whirlwind couple of years, signing to Warner Music Germany after showcasing at SXSW in Texas last year. He has toured Europe several times and the first single from his up-coming album is due to be released early next year.
Gresham might be a new name to Sebastian fans but he has earnt over four million streams to date.
Tickets to the two-and-a-half-hour show are $66.91 from shoalhavenentertainment.com.au.