|Birth name||Gwen Noel Sebastian|
May 3, 1974 |
Hebron, North Dakota, United States
|Origin||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Labels||Lofton Creek, Flying Island Entertainment|
|Associated acts||Blake Shelton|
Gwen Noel Sebastian is an American country music singer-songwriter. Sebastian was signed to Lofton Creek Records in 2009 and released two singles for the label. In 2012, she was a contestant on the second season of The Voice.
Gwen Sebastian was born in the small farming town of Hebron, North Dakota. After receiving her college degree, Sebastian attended nursing school, but dropped out after only one semester in order to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee and pursue her music career. She signed a recording deal with Lofton Creek Records in October 2009, and shortly thereafter Country Weekly named Sebastian among its pick of talented new artists to watch in 2010.
Sebastian's first single, "Hard Rain", was released to country radio on October 12, 2009. The song received a "thumbs up" from Engine 145 reviewer Sam Gazdziak, who described it as a "smartly written song [with] solid vocals."
In October 2009, Sebastian re-released a Christmas album titled Christmas in July on Lofton Creek/Open Road Records which featured some original Christmas music as well as covers of holiday standards. On May 25, 2010, she digitally released a 6-song EP titled V.I.P. The title track, "V.I.P. (Barefoot Girl)", was nationally released to country radio, along with a video.
Gwen Sebastian sang the National Anthem for the New York Yankees' Spring Training game against the Detroit Tigers in Tampa, Florida on March 28, 2010, and received a congratulatory hug from actor Richard Gere who was in attendance.
On June 8, 2010, Sebastian participated in the 4th Annual Country Weekly Fashion Show and Concert, held at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. The event raised funds and awareness for Musicians on Call, a nonprofit organization with the mission of bringing music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.
Sebastian was a contestant on the second season of NBC's reality singing competition The Voice. Sebastian chose fellow country singer Blake Shelton to be her vocal coach for the show. Sebastian worked with Shelton and Miranda Lambert for her battle round, but was eliminated just before the live shows. After being eliminated, Sebastian toured with Shelton and Lambert.
|Round||Song||Original Artist||Current Coach||Competitor||Result|
|Blind Audition||"Stay"||Sugarland||Blake Shelton||N/A||3 chairs|
|Battle Rounds||"We Belong"||Pat Benatar||Erin Willett||Eliminated|
|Christmas in July||
|V.I.P. Barefoot Girl||
|2009||"Hard Rain"||—||V.I.P. Barefoot Girl|
|2010||"V.I.P. (Barefoot Girl)"||—|
|2012||"Met Him in a Motel Room"||58||Gwen Sebastian|
|2014||"Annie's New Gun" (with Miranda Lambert)||—||Gwen Sebastian|
|"Small Town Soul"||—||TBD|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Artist||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|US Country||US Country Airplay||US||CAN Country||CAN|
|2014||"My Eyes"||Blake Shelton||4||1||39||1||39||Based on a True Story...|
|2010||"V.I.P. (Barefoot Girl)"||Amanda Van Dandt|
- About Gwen
- Lofton Creek signs Gwen Sebastian
- Gwen Sebastian V.I.P. Review
- Gwen Sebastian at Music Row
- Gwen Sebastian – “Hard Rain”
- Gwen Sebastian - V.I.P
- CMT Music Binge
- Gwen Sebastian is a Lucky Girl – Picture of the Day
- Stars Walk the Walk for Charity
- NBC The Voice
- Sebastian Eliminated
- "Pop & Hiss". Los Angeles Times. March 20, 2012.
- "American single certifications – Blake Shelton – My Eyes". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
- "CMT : Videos : Gwen Sebastian : Suitcase". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 25, 2013.