Guy Sebastian shows why he has the X Factor
GUY Sebastian spoke of the power of music and demonstrated its magic as he wowed a packed Sunshine Coast venue on Wednesday night.
Armed with an eight-strong band of superb vocalists and musicians, Sebastian showed he really does have the X Factor as he inspired everyone from teenage girls to grandmothers at The Event Centre in Caloundra.
During the two hour show, he shared how he had been touched by letters, Facebook posts and tweets about how his music affected fans.
He told of one journalist who had confided how his Don't Worry Be Happy anthem had helped her through a dark period of depression.
"For us, it is very special, this isn't just another show...
"It is an opportunity… to be part of something that is greater than just a bunch of notes, a bunch of lyrics.
"It's being a part of something that is music, which is powerful.
"I would not do it if it was just a job.
"I get countless letters, tweets, and Facebook messages about how music affects different people.
"It really does encourage me and it encourages the band,'' he said.
Sebastian spoke particularly about Get Along, the song he wrote after the birth of his son 15 months ago.
It has just been named as a contender for APRA Song of the Year.
"I wrote that after thinking 'Wow, I have just bought this beautiful little boy into the world.''
"So I sat down and wrote a song hoping for that utopian world where we could exist in peace and respect other people regardless of race, culture or sexuality.''
He said after 10 years, he is always surprised at the reaction to his music.
"So I can write a song like that and think maybe I will get a little bit of feedback.
"But funnily enough I get more feedback from a song where you rhyme KFC and GFC,'' he joked.
Sebastian spoke of his amazing year, which included a hit new album, performing for the Queen, meeting Oprah, judging on The X Factor and even doing a house renovation.
He joked at once stage he thought he was also on The Block and soon discovered that watching YouTube 'how to' videos doesn't make you a plasterer.
Sebastian said while he missed The X Factor, he didn't regret giving it up to meet fans all over Australia again.
And he confided that he wasn't missing the 12 to 17 hour audition days - 10 of which could feature people who couldn't sing very well at all.
Sebastian said he had to stop at times to think of how blessed he had been.
"My dream was to perform at the Adelaide Carols and there I was sitting next to Beyonce on the X Factor for a day.''
During the show, the chart topping artist showed he still has the personal touch, singing happy birthday to a 13-year-old girl in the fifth row who had a sign up declaring her birthday and the fact it was her first concert.
The girl later got to dance with Guy on stage, along with other contestants, in a dance-off to win a merchandise prize pack.
Sebastian didn't disappoint, performing all his hits, including his US hit Battle Scars.
He showed why he has earnt a place in Australian music history as the male artist with the most number one hits.
Dads and mums alike could not help but relate as he sang Big Bad World to a montage of pictures of his baby boy on the big screen.
My eight year old was still buzzing when he left the show. It's not one he will forget soon.