Guy Sebastian was born in Klang, Malaysia, to Malaysian and English parents. At a young age, Sebastian moved with his family to Adelaide, Australia. His singing career began at the age of 14. In addition to attending a Baptist private school, he attended Paradise Community Church, one of Australia's largest megachurches. His involvement with the youth choir as a soloist led to national and international performance opportunities. After graduation, Sebastian found work as an audio engineer and vocal teacher. It was his participation in the first season of Australian Idol that brought his talent to public attention. The breakthrough show's first winner, Sebastian signed with BMG. The artist's first single, "Angels Brought Me Here," debuted at number one. Released December 3, 2003, Just as I Am became an Australian best-seller, a six-time platinum record. The October release of Beautiful Life debuted to similar success, but without the sustained sales of its predecessor.