Gwen Sebastian

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Gwen Sebastian
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Background information
Birth nameGwen Noel Sebastian[1]
Born (1974-05-03) May 3, 1974 (age 45)
Hebron, North Dakota, U.S.
OriginNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresCountry, rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, piano
Years active2008-present
LabelsLofton Creek, Flying Island Entertainment
Associated actsBlake Shelton • Miranda Lambert
Websitewww.gwensebastian.com

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.

Biography[edit]

Gwen Sebastian was born in the small farming town of Hebron, North Dakota.[2] 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.[2] She signed a recording deal with Lofton Creek Records in October 2009,[3] and shortly thereafter Country Weekly named Sebastian among its pick of talented new artists to watch in 2010.[4]

Sebastian's first single, "Hard Rain", was released to country radio on October 12, 2009.[5] The song received a "thumbs up" from Engine 145 reviewer Sam Gazdziak, who described it as a "smartly written song [with] solid vocals."[6]

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.[5] On May 25, 2010, she digitally released a 6-song EP titled V.I.P.[7] The title track, "V.I.P. (Barefoot Girl)", was nationally released to country radio, along with a video.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

Sebastian was a contestant on the second season of NBC's reality singing competition The Voice.[11] 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.[12] After being eliminated, Sebastian toured with Shelton and Lambert.[13] As of 2019, Sebastian is still part of Lambert's band, most recently accompanying her on the 2018 Livin' Like Hippies Tour and providing backing vocal on 2014's Platinum and 2016's The Weight of These Wings.

The Voice[edit]

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

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details
Invitation
  • Release date: September 18, 2008
  • Label: Open Road
Push Play
  • Release date: July 9, 2009
  • Label: Open Road
Gwen Sebastian
  • Release date: June 25, 2013
  • Label: Flying Island
Once Upon A Time In The West: Act 1
  • Release date: November 17, 2017
  • Label: Flying Island

Holiday Albums[edit]

Title Details
Christmas in July
  • Release date: September 18, 2008
  • Label: Lofton Creek/Open Road

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
V.I.P. Barefoot Girl
  • Release date: May 25, 2010
  • Label: Lofton Creek/Open Road

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2009 "Hard Rain" V.I.P. Barefoot Girl
2010 "V.I.P. (Barefoot Girl)"
2012 "Met Him in a Motel Room" 58 Gwen Sebastian
2013 "Suitcase"
"The Fox" N/A
2014 "Annie's New Gun" (with Miranda Lambert) Gwen Sebastian
"Small Town Soul" N/A
2017 "Cadillac" Once Upon a Time in the West: Act 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles[edit]

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...

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "V.I.P. (Barefoot Girl)" Amanda Van Dandt
2013 "Suitcase"[15] Becky Fluke
2014 "Small Town Soul"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gwen Sebastian [@GwenSebastian] (9 June 2013). "@middlenamegame Noel" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b About Gwen
  3. ^ "Lofton Creek signs Gwen Sebastian". Archived from the original on 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  4. ^ Gwen Sebastian V.I.P. Review
  5. ^ a b Gwen Sebastian at Music Row
  6. ^ "Gwen Sebastian – "Hard Rain"". Archived from the original on 2014-12-18. Retrieved 2014-12-18.
  7. ^ "Gwen Sebastian - V.I.P". Archived from the original on 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  8. ^ CMT Music Binge
  9. ^ Gwen Sebastian is a Lucky Girl – Picture of the Day[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Stars Walk the Walk for Charity
  11. ^ NBC The Voice
  12. ^ Sebastian Eliminated
  13. ^ "Pop & Hiss". Los Angeles Times. March 20, 2012.
  14. ^ "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. 
  15. ^ "CMT : Videos : Gwen Sebastian : Suitcase". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 25, 2013.

External links[edit]

Gwen Sebastian – Cadillac- Single Review – Building Our Own Nashville