Australia’s nicest guy in the entertainment world, Guy Sebastian, has recorded a cover version of The Police’s world renowned ‘Message in a Bottle’ for the ‘Mount Franklin’ Message campaign supporting the McGrath Foundation.
The award winning artist stepped back into the studio to add reggae beats and a slick string instrumental, updating the 1979 number one hit for summer 2012. The track is on sale now until March 2013, with part of the proceeds going directly to the McGrath Foundation and we were lucky enough to chat with Guy today to find out how he got involved and what it all means to him
Monique: Hey Guy, so how did the collaboration come about?
Guy: Well I got the phone call out of the blue asking me to record this song and I just jumped at the chance. It’s so nice to be part of it, it’s such a nice marriage that Coca-Cola and Mt.Franklin can use their power for such greatness.
Monique: What does it mean to you personally?
Guy: Pretty much everybody has had someone affected by cancer in some way, whether it’s a family member or friend. I’ve lost family members to cancer and I’m very closely affected by it. I know Glenn and I knew Jane and the McGrath Foundation does such great work, it was really a no brainer. Coupled with the song where I could actually do something that was in line with my profession that I can offer.
Monique: Do you think Sting has or will hear your version?
Guy: Oh probably not yet, it’s only just out. It’s amazing, I guess there are heaps of versions of your own song, I’ve certainly plenty of versions of mine are not so great, but hopefully he likes it.
Monique: Have you ever met Sting?
Guy: No, I’ve seen him in concert at the Royal Albert in London but I’ve never met him. I’ve met lots of people, but never him and I am a massive Police fan from way back.
Guy: Oh MASSIVE! I mean those songs, they’re incredible! Seriously, of my five or six favourite songs ever, two of them are Sting songs with ‘Fragile’ and ‘Shape of My Heart’.
Monique: So this is really something special for you Guy!
Guy: Oh yes. I’m so happy to be part of it.
Monique: It’s such an important cause and with a disease that is so prevalent, family often comes to mind as you mentioned earlier. You’re a father now, how is that going for you with so many other things on the go like your singing career, TV show and supporting causes like the McGrath Foundation?
Guy: I think it’s the thing that centres you, it gives you purpose. It makes it all worthwhile to have a driving force. I look at how busy I am and all the things that I do but there’s nothing like coming home to my kid and feeding him, you know getting spewed on and waking up in the middle of the night, but honestly, it’s the best! I think because of my crazy sleep pattern, I don’t care if he wakes me up and he’s just the cutest kid. He’s so happy and such a sweet kid and I think it definitely gives everything purpose, like, ‘This is why I do it!’ Before I had purpose but it was very much self-driven, but now it all points towards him and it makes me think “Well, I’ll go a little bit harder now.”
Monique: What would your message in a bottle be?
Guy: Well, I think because the song is romantic, I would bring it back to family and how lucky I am because I have had the same girlfriend my whole life. She is just an amazing mum and I think you have a greater appreciation when you see your missus looking after your most precious thing. It gives you a whole new kind of appreciation.
Monique: Guy this is such a great campaign for the McGrath Foundation in association with Mount Franklin and we can’t wait to see how much of an impact your contribution will make.
Guy: I’m such a huge fan, have relished the chance to put my own spin on this classic whilst raising money for a good cause. Together we really can make a difference.
Go behind the scenes with Guy in the recording studio:
To support the McGrath Foundation, you can head over to the website: www.mountfranklinwater.com.au/message/guysebastian to download the track, record your own message of support or simply donate to the McGrath Foundation. All money raised will help the McGrath Foundation place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia and to increase breast awareness in young women. And, to encourage participation and raise additional funds, ‘MountFranklin’ donates $1 to the McGrath Foundation for every eligible message posted in November and December 2012.
For more information about the McGrath Foundation, you can also visit their website: www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au.
Get downloading peeps!
Please note: *Song to cost $2.19 and is available for download from iTunes from 11.59pm (AEST) on 1 December 2012, with $1.29 from each download going to the McGrath Foundation.
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