Speakers Profile - Chris Sebastian

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Born in Melbourne, raised in Adelaide Chris took an interest to music at a very early age. Chris was 13 when he realised that music was what he wanted to do with his life. Mucking around with the Cool Edit program, he recorded himself singing along to a Babyface track. "It was kind of karaoke," he recalls, "but when I heard my voice, I thought, 'This is it, music is what I'm going to do.'"

Soon after, Chris started writing songs. He's never had a singing lesson or been taught to play the piano or guitar. "If you love something enough, you're just going to do it," he explains.

Chris' first gig was singing the national anthem at an AFL match in front of 45,000 people in his hometown of Adelaide.

After his brother Guy won the first Australian Idol, the producers approached Chris, wanting him to be on the show. But he decided to follow his own path, forging his own way in the music world. "A lot of people think it's been easy with my last name," Chris says, "but it hasn't been. I need to prove myself as an artist. And, of course, I have a lot to live up to, and our music is very different."

This year, in 2012, Chris participated in Australia's highest ever rating TV Programme success The Voice. As part of Seal's team, Chris won hearts around Australia and has been in demand ever since the show first aired. He has done a number of other performances since, including his performance of the National Anthem at the E.J Legends Game at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne to a crowd of over 26,000.

Chris is available to perform at appropriate events.