He's taking on America again

He's taking on America again
NEW LOOK: Guy Sebastian now keeps his hair short.

Since he bagged the title of the inaugural Australian Idol in 2003, Malaysian-born singer Guy Sebastian has been winning fans with his smooth vocals.

The 32-year-old has released six albums, including the Australian chart-topping Just As I Am (2003) and Armageddon (2012).

This year, Sebastian, who splits his time between Sydney and Los Angeles, is set for even bigger things in his career and personal life.

He first made waves in the US when his 2012 hit Battles Scars with US rapper Lupe Fiasco charted on the Billboard Hot 100 - a first for him - for 20 weeks and was the promotional track for Hollywood war flick Red Dawn starring Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson.

Now, Sebastian has set his sights on breaking into the US market properly.

He has already gone on tour in the US to promote Like A Drum, the lead single off his upcoming album.

The release of the record, his first in the US, is slated between July and September.

He told M earlier this month from his home in Sydney: "The US has been great so far, I feel like I'm breaking down walls, introducing people to what I do and making a difference.

"In Australia, I play big stages and arenas to some 40,000 people and then head to the US to play for like, five people.

"It is a very humbling experience and I'm excited to keep going up."

In 2008, he scored a record deal and was due to release an album there, but the global financial crisis happened and the record label he was signed to folded.

He recalled: "It was heartbreaking, tough and emotional. There was no one I could call, everyone working for the label was made redundant.

"I thought, 'Who do I call to know if I am still signed to this label?'"

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