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Guy Sebastian Jordin Sparks Live Duets

07/09/2010
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Guy Sebastian is playing a handful of west coast dates this week, including special guest appearances to duet with Jordin Sparks, before returning to his homeland to gear up for his participation as a celebrity judge alongside Natalie Imbruglia and Ronan Keating on the new season of The X Factor.

The dates are in support of his debut U.S. album Like It Like That, of which he says, "I wrote the music on this album based on how I feel when I listen to the Otis Reddings and the Wilson Picketts of the world. I'll put that music on and it always just lifts me and makes me feel great. Music is so powerful. It's powerful enough on a personal level, without me trying to change the world," says Guy. "I just want to change someone's ten minutes on the way to work."

Australian soul-singer Guy Sebastian's debut U.S. album Like It Like That has been released through an exclusive arrangement with Barnes & Noble stores which is carrying the CD. Additionally, the album was made available for sale on June 8th at iTunes, Amazon and other digital services.

Recorded over six months in Los Angeles and New York, the album was produced by David Ryan Harris (John Mayer, Mariah Carey, Nick Jonas, Marc Broussard) and Fredrick Rodesjo, with John Mayer's guitarwork featured on "All To Myself," "Fail To Mention" and "Never Be You".

And for the first time creatively, Sebastian says he's exactly where he wants to be. "I'm in a really happy place musically," says Guy, "because this is exactly the style of music I want to do and that I've wanted to do for so long. It's not about me changing the world; it's just about fun music, pure and simple."

The album's title track and first single, "Like It Like That" revs the energy up with its opening claps and vintage Wurlitzer organ that immediately transcends into an all-out expression of supreme joy. It segues into "All To Myself," which hits you with its nod to classic '60s soul, with harmonies of the backing vocals to the big blast of the horn section.

The funky, bass-heavy "Never Hold You Down" which has a companion video that was recently shot along the boardwalk at Venice Beach, CA with a cast of over 70 characters including a marching band. The song is Guy's personal favorite from the new album. "This I wrote about a friend of mine, who is wonderful. She's one of those girls that you would hate to be her boyfriend, because you would know as much as you would want to believe that you've got her, you know that you don't...I'll never be able to hold you down."

Overall, Like It Like That is an inspired collaboration of credentialed producers and musicians and features two powerful duets, one with American Idol winner Jordin Sparks called "Art of Love" and "Magic" featuring Melbourne singer Tarryn Stokes. Elsewhere, the mood goes deeper with the lush, orchestral sounds of "Bring Yourself," a luxurious ode to Guy's wife Jules.

GUY SEBASTIAN U.S. TOUR DATES:

July 09 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia (special guest duet with Jordin Sparks)
July 10 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom (special guest duet with Jordin Sparks)
July 11 San Francisco, CA Hotel Utah (9pm)
July 12 Seattle, WA Triple Door Musicquarium Lounge (8pm) [FREE SHOW]
July 13 Los Angeles, CA Hotel Cafe (7pm)


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