Talking to Guy Sebastian

Guy_Sebastian_Album_Cover.jpgThis morning during my radio programme on 98.5 Sonshine FM I had the opportunity to speak to Guy Sebastian, a singer/songwriter who first burst into our loungerooms back in 2003. His incredible talent has ensured an ever growing fan base and impressive album sales.

ARIA recently announced that his debut single from 2003, Angels Brought Me Here, was the number 1 single of the decade.

On his most recent album, Like It Like That, Guy seems to have truly found his own voice and style and has set himself up for an even brighter future.

The title track was the first single from the album and it stayed in the top ten for eleven weeks and still seems to be everywhere.

The second single, Art of Love, was a very tasty duet with Jordin Sparks.

The third single, All to Myself, has recently been released. It’s one of my favourites from the album … but then most of the tracks on the album are favourites of mine.

Click the play button on the audio player below to listen to our conversation.

[audio:http://mpegmedia.sonshinefm.ws/feeds/MOR030410_1146.mp3]
Do you think some of your friends would enjoy reading Talking to Guy Sebastian? Please use the buttons below to share the post. Thanks. 🙂

Talking to Adam Harvey

Adam Harvey - Both Sides NowGeelong born country music singer Adam Harvey has worked as a truckie and a goldminer. Since those days he’s certainly struck gold with a swag of golden guitar awards.

His amazing voice was on display for a wider audience when he took part in Channel 7’s It Takes Two in 2008.

Adam has achieved one of country music’s ultimate dreams by performing at the Grand Ole Opry, yet he’s still a very down to earth person. He even dropped in to his local primary school a couple of months back to sing Christmas carols.

He’s travelled west this week to take part in tomorrow’s Hope from Ashes Toodyay Benefit Concert and he joined me in the studio this morning as part of my programme on 98.5 Sonshine FM. It was a true delight to chat with Adam and thankfully he brought his guitar to perform standout acoustic versions of Stuck in the Middle and King of the Road.

You can listen to the interview by clicking the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post.

In October last year Adam released an album of duets titled Both Sides Now. It features artists such as Troy Cassar-Daley, Wendy Matthews, Kasey Chambers, Shannon Noll, David Campbell, Leo Sayer, Renee Geyer, Tommy Emmanuel and Guy Sebastian.

[audio:http://mpegmedia.sonshinefm.ws/feeds/MOR290110_1041.mp3]
Do you think some of your friends would enjoy reading Talking to Adam Harvey? Please use the buttons below to share the post. Thanks. 🙂

Australian Idol not returning in 2010

Australian IdolIt’s provided some great television over the years and highlighted some excellent talent but it seems that the good times are over for Australian Idol.

News.com.au is reporting, “Australian Idol will be the first TV casualty of the year, with the former ratings juggernaut to be ‘rested’ for 2010.”

3.34 million people sat glued to their televisions when Guy Sebastian won the premiere series in 2003. Just 1.4 million viewers watched Stan Walker’s walk away with the title of Australian Idol in the 2009 finale. A drop of almost two million viewers would suggest that Australia has lost interest in the talent show.

The series has certainly had its critics but there is no denying that the show has brought some extremely talented performers to our attention. Guy Sebastian’s first single, Angels Brought Me Here was recently named as Australia’s highest selling song of the decade. You might put that down to the hype surrounding the first series of Australian Idol, but that can’t explain the fact that his recent hit, Like It Like That, was the highest selling Australian artist song and 6th highest selling song overall in Australia in 2009. Like It Like That is also being used in a number of US television shows. Six years later and Guy is still selling CDs by the truckload.

The series has had its ups and downs and not all series winners have gone on to bigger and better things but even finalists who didn’t reach the final few have continued to make a mark on the entertainment world to varying degrees.

No official announcements have been made yet and those closest to the show are still refusing to confirm anything. Though it would seem unlikely that we’ll see Australian Idol on our screens again, no one has ruled out a come back.

“Ten is going to rest Australian Idol for 2010,” a source said.

“They will make a decision towards the end of 2010 as to whether it will return in 2011.

“They have asked (production company) Fremantle (Media) for ideas on how to relaunch in 2011.”

Channel 10 refused to comment and Fremantle did not return calls yesterday. – News.com.au

I’ve certainly enjoyed chatting to many of the people involved in the show on my 98.5 Sonshine FM morning radio programme including judges Dicko and Marica Hines as well as contestants such as Guy Sebastian, Cosima, Paulini, Damien Leith, Dean Geyer, Chris Murphy, Natalie Gauci, Carl Riseley and Wes Carr.

There have been some wonderful moments over the years but it looks like the journey is all but over. We’ll miss Australian Idol but thankfully we can still enjoy some great music that we would never have heard if the series had never made its way to our living rooms.

Do you think some of your friends would enjoy reading Australian Idol not returning in 2010? Please use the buttons below to share the post. Thanks. 🙂

Like It Like That

Guy_Sebastian_Album_Cover.jpgHe’s just turned 28 and his music keeps getting better. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before he breaks the lucrative US market.

You’d have had to be living under a rock in Australia to have not heard of Guy Sebastian. From his rise to fame on the first season of Australian Idol to his recent, incredible, number one single Like It Like That, he’s certainly enjoyed the popularity his talent deserves.

But in the US it’s a different story. Guy recently found himself playing to a room of just eight people in a bar in New York.

I played a residency in that bar for a month, and no one had any idea who I was, but it grew from a few people to a few hundred people. The whole experience of doing that has been so satisfying. It’s been really good for my soul.

I spoke to him this morning during my radio programme on 98.5 Sonshine FM about the runaway success of his current single, Like It Like That, and about the album of the same name. You can hear the interview by clicking the play button of the audio player at the bottom of this post.

I had the privilege of seeing Guy in concert some time back when he toured with the likes of Steve Cropper and Donald “Duck” Dunn in his band. The respect he receives from such musical greats reinforces his reputation as an extremely talented musician, singer and performer.

I’m sure that the best is yet to come from Guy Sebastian but it’s still hard to imagine how he’s going to top his wonderful new album. It’s certainly going straight to my iPod.

If you like the single, you’ll love the album …. and it would seem we all like the single.

Guy Sebastian’s new single, ‘Like It Like That’, has reached the number one position on the National ARIA singles chart, the national radio airplay chart and it has also reached the number one position on the digital iTunes chart. This is Guy Sebastian’s fourth chart-topping single, making him the only Australian Idol participant to have achieved such a feat. This result sees Guy Sebastian as Australia’s third best single chart topper this decade after Kylie Minogue and Delta Goodrem. Guy Sebastian comes in second to John Farnham for the most number one ARIA singles in history for Australian solo male acts.

Guy will be touring Australia in February before returning to the US to let the world know just how good he is. You can keep up to date with what he’s doing at his website.

[audio:http://rodneyolsen.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Guy-Sebastian-Oct-2009.mp3]
Do you think some of your friends would enjoy reading Like It Like That? Please use the buttons below to share the post. Thanks. 🙂

Guy Sebastian proves he’s the real deal

Guy_Rodney.JPGYou don’t get the true legends of soul music travelling half way around the world to serve as a backing band for someone unless they’ve proven that they have enormous talent.

Pauline and I went to the Perth Concert Hall on Saturday for the final show of Guy Sebastian‘s Memphis Tour. His touring band featured members of the legendary MGs.

You might know Steve “The Colonel” Cropper and Donald “Duck” Dunn from the Blues Brothers movie or from their work with Booker T and the MGs. Steve Cropper co-wrote songs like Dock of the Bay with Otis Redding as well as co-writing classics like Midnight Hour and Knock on Wood.

They brought fellow Memphis musicians, Lester Snell and Steve Potts with them to Australia and rounded out the band with some amazing Australian musicians.

They performed songs like Soul Man, Hold On I’m Coming, Hard To Handle, Under the Boardwalk, Lets Stay Together and finished up with a fantastic version of Shake Ya Tail Feather.

A highlight for me was when the band gave us a very tasty rendition of the Booker T and the MGs classic instrumental, Green Onions.

I’ve been to dozens of concerts and seen some of the world’s best performing and I’d have to say that this concert would be up there with the very, very best of them. When you get a band like that together the music is never in doubt. Match that level of musicianship with the extraordinary vocal talents of Guy Sebatian and you have an act that would impress audiences anywhere in the world.

If all you’ve ever seen or heard of Guy is his Australian Idol performances and his pop hit singles, as impressive as they are, you haven’t even begun to discover just how good he really is.

Looking around the audience it was obvious that it was a mixture of people who were there to see Guy and those who were there to see some living legends of soul music. I’m sure that those who simply wanted to see the band went home as true Guy Sebatian fans and that Guy’s fans went home totally sold out to soul music.

I interviewed Guy on 98.5 Sonshine FM back in October last year about The Memphis Album and about the upcoming tour. Back then he revealed that the MGs would join him on tour for the first time on Perth radio. The picture in this post was taken at the time of that interview. You can hear about his experience recording the album and working with the legends of soul music by clicking the play button on the audio player in this post.

[audio:http://rodneyolsen.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/Guy-Sebastion.mp3]
Do you think some of your friends would enjoy reading Guy Sebastian proves he’s the real deal? Please use the buttons below to share the post. Thanks. 🙂