Welcome to Private Idaho’s blog. This is a place where the world of Private Idaho takes shape and you will be able to share in our vision. The name ‘Private Idaho’ was inspired by Gus Van Sant’s risk-taking cult movie ‘My Own Private Idaho.’ Choosing this name was a way of reminding myself and my team that we can take risks whilst always providing a sanctuary for our clients, partners and team as we grow and develop everyone’s careers and the business. Working in entertainment is one of the most challenging and rewarding opportunities. Every move we make at Private Idaho has purpose and strategy but also a lot of heart and joy. Nothing we do or start is ever started without thought and intention. This blog will allow us to open up a world of deeper thought, conversation and open information. This means there will be lots of posts about what we have learned over the years in business, trends we are reviewing or using or not, some behind the scenes, our influences in entertainment and in life that will touch on travel, art, lifestyle, running a family and business, balance, setting goals, people management, laughter and tips. You will hear from founder Jen Fontaine and also members of the amazing team who are brilliant people and executives.
Welcome & enjoy ! Jen Fontaine & all the team at Private Idaho
Royston Noell is a proud Thanakwith and Wagadagam man who grew up in the small remote community of Mapoon - right at the tip of Far North Queensland. Before being announced as the inaugural Australian Idol 2023 winner, following the TV talent show’s 14-year Australian hiatus, Australia first met Royston during his first audition where he performed Sam Smith’s ‘I’m Not The Only One’, making him an instant fan favourite.
Gary Pinto is the most popular man in the Australian Music Industry. Why? He’s one of the most sought after vocalists, he’s humble, connected and hard working. Signed to Sony Music in his boy band era as chart topping member of CBD, widely regarded as pioneers of RnB music in Australia, Aria Award winning, multi-platinum selling recording artist, Gary has received accolades from Music Legends Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson and is considered one of the greatest Soul and R&B Singers that Australia has produced. After being invited by Stevie Wonder to sing at his Daughter Sophia’s 16th birthday, Stevie accompanied Gary playing music from one of their favourite artists, Donny Hathaway. Gary is also a vocal coach on The Voice & The Masked Singer, and has worked as a Casting Producer on The Voice and Australian Idol 2023.
To celebrate three decades as a group, Human Nature have released STILL TELLING EVERYBODY – 30 YEARS OF HITS – a retrospective collection of 28 immaculate musical statements including a reimagined version of their hit ‘Don’t Say Goodbye’ & new track ’This Old Heart Of Mine’ via their record label Sony Music Australia.
Very early in their career, Human Nature secured support slots with global superstars Celine Dion and Michael Jackson. Other career highlights for the band include being invited to sing the national anthem during the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, which attracted a global TV audience of over one billion viewers.
Human Nature are one of Australia’s greatest musical success stories and exports. The foursome which features brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney together with high school friends Toby Allen and Phil Burton have sold more than 2.5 million albums, earned 27 platinum awards, 18 top 40 hits and five top 10 hits worldwide. They have performed sell out shows around the globe since they signed with Sony Music Australia twenty five years ago, a partnership that continues today.
Guy Sebastian is the first to admit that his upcoming album, T.R.U.T.H. bloomed from adversity, however this album has proven that the singer songwriter has true grit and depth that delivers a deeper, more profound window into the vocal talent and heart of one of Australia’s most popular and respected male artists.
Singer, Songwriter and Producer Guy Sebastian is undoubtedly one ofAustralia’s most popular andsuccessful male solo artist. Guy has achieved over 30 x Platinum singles sales in Australia and well over 7,000,000 combined units sold worldwide. Guy is the only Australian artist in ARIA chart history to boast six #1 singles and three #1 albums including his critically acclaimed new #1 ARIA Album T. R. U. T. H. His global hit ‘Battle Scars’ with Lupe Fiasco reached #1 on the US R&B/Hip Hop digital chart and peaked at #11 on the US iTunes Chart. Guy is the winner of six ARIA Awards including: Song Of The Year (‘Choir’), Best Pop (Armageddon Album), Best Live Act (the Get Along Tour) Best Video (‘Choir’ ) and two Highest Selling Single awards (‘Angels Brought Me Here’ and ‘Who’s That Girl’).
Jules Sebastian is an in demand Sydney-based TV presenter, author, stylist, public speaker and philanthropist. Jules’ presenting career began at the helm of MTV¹s Style Me with her warm and down-to-earth personality establishing her as a popular TV presenter. Her ability to mix fashion trends for a diverse range of celebrity clients lead to styling roles for Mel B, Jessica Mauboy, The Veronicas, Samantha Jade and many more. Jules regularly lends her professional knowledge and creative input to fashion brands and labels. She has hosted events and presented for some of Australia¹s most iconic brands. Jules is a frequent guest of the Today Show, Today Extra, Sunrise, The Morning Show and more, sharing her professional tips in a relatable and aspirational way across the fashion and lifestyle space.
Jules is a regular on the public speaking and hosting circuit presenting for some of Australia¹s most impressive and iconic brands as well as Australian and international corporations. Jules adds a level of credibility, authenticity and honesty in her presentation style, engaging audiences with her real talk, genuine and warm personality. In 2018 Jules was host and moderator for the Gigi Hadid exclusive Reebok Collab Launch, alongside a strong panel of women including Paralympian Kelly Cartwright, Amna Karra- Hassan and Amrita Hept. Jules moderated the discussion between these leading women who are redefining what it means to be female in Australia and the world. In 2019 Jules hosted the ARIA Red Carpet which was broadcast to an audience of millions.
In the social media space, Jules leads the lifestyle pack with an impressive following on Instagram, and also presents a regular interview series Tea with Jules on YouTube, which has over 3 million views. The uniquely curated Tea With Jules program has continued to take its audience through the unique stories of aspirational humans, in a relaxed conversation environment which encourages guests to open up about their lives, challenges and triumphs. The series guests have broad appeal and diverse success stories that inspire and liberate the viewer. The channel is quickly growing in popularity and has attracted over 8.75k subscribers and 3 million views. The TV series has inspired Jules to launch her debut book ‘Tea & Honesty’ set for release in March 2021.
Most recently, Jules in demand and captivating weekly recipes and cocktails have become a resounding ‘must view’ via her rapidly growing Jules community. The popular Aussie has created a fun lifestyle community destination that unities and empowers Aussie women of many generations with beauty, fashion, cuisine tips and aspirational step by step guides of how to live a real and yet fun glamorous real life.
On a community level, in 2013, Jules, together with her husband Guy, founded The Sebastian Foundation, which has helped countless Australians struggling with domestic violence, serious illness and underprivileged. Recently the Foundation has adjusted their focus to addressing an urgent societal need for the mental health of our kids who are growing up in a world with huge challenges from social media, bullying and comparison. The Sebastian Foundation in 2020 is investing in programs that aim to change these lives for the better by giving young Australians the resilience and confidence they need to grow and be their best.
Jules grew up in Adelaide and met her husband Guy Sebastian while they were teenagers. The couple moved to Sydney where they now reside with their young sons Hudson and Archer and newest member their much loved dog; Ronnie Rodriguez Sebastian.