Anthony Callea is undoubtedly one of Australia’s finest vocalists and performers. The Aria Award winner has forged a highly successful music career and undeniably has one of this country’s most powerful, passionate and pure voices.
Introduced to the country via Australian Idol in 2004, his debut single The Prayer became Australia’s fastest and highest selling single of all time with sales in excess of 4 x platinum and was at the top of the charts for an amazing 5 weeks. Anthony has well and truly proven to be one of this country’s most successful recording artists. Anthony has embarked on national concert tours, playing to sell-out crowds across Australia and appeared as special guest for touring international superstars including Ms Diana Ross, Westlife, Celine Dion and Whitney Housten. Anthony has also performed for a host of international dignitaries including the late Luciano Pavarotti, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark.
He embarked on an international song writing trip for his sophomore album A New Chapter was accredited Gold and featured two top 20 singles with Live for Love and Addicted To You. Anthony also released a Live Concert DVD which debuted at No 3 on the Aria DVD Charts, sold Platinum and later screened as a television music special on Foxtel.
In 2007 Anthony tread the boards in his first musical production at the State Theatre in Sydney. He played a supporting role in Dead Man Walking, the true story of Sister Helen Prejean. This acclaimed opera production was directed by Nigel Jamieson (Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony). Following on from this Anthony played the role of Mark in Perth’s musical production of Rent alongside Tim Campbell and Nikki Webster.
Anthony played the role of Boq in the premiere Melbourne season of hit Broadway musical Wicked where he received audience and critical acclaim. The Sunday Telegraph commented ‘Anthony Callea is winning as a munchkin Boq’ and The Age said ‘as the munchkin Boq in Wicked, Callea is impressive’.
Anthony has also accumulated a string of awards including an Aria Award along with 3 further Aria nominations, Channel V Artist of the Year, Pop Republic Artist of the Year, MTV Viewers’ Choice Award, Variety’s Young Entertainer of the Year, MO Award, Dolly Teen Choice Award and a Gospel Music Award.
2011 saw Anthony release the single ‘Oh Oh Oh Oh’ co written with the Black Eye Peas’ DJ Poet. In the past couple of years Anthony has been travelling and writing music with Australian and international writers and producers creating his sound and musical footprint.
Anthony has appeared on many special television events such as the Logies, Australia Day Concert, The Aria Awards, Good Friday Appeals and is a favourite and regular onVision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight to name a few. Anthony’s entertainment and mentoring skills have been witnessed by millions of television viewers as he featured on Channel Seven’s It Takes Two and Foxtel’s Ultimate School Musical. Anthony was also invited to perform at the Prime Ministers Olympian Dinner to celebrate our Australian Olympic team before they head off for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
March 2012, saw Anthony release his latest track 'Last To Go' from the EP also titled 'Last To Go'. The title track was co-written and produced with the DNA boys. Other tracks from the EP were co written with the likes of Paul Mac, Matt Morris and Jaakko Salovarra. 'Last To Go' EP is out now on iTunes worldwide. Whilst touring this EP, Anthony has taken his dynamic vocals and energetic performance style to Los Angeles and Las Vegas where he performed to packed houses in West Hollywood and the famous Planet Hollywood on the Vegas strip.
Anthony Callea kicked off 2013 with encore sell out performances alongside Tina Arena and her orchestra and opening for Mariah Carey but also with Anthony signing to ABC/Universal Music. Celebrating his 30th birthday in December 2012, Anthony re-discovered songs that have influenced him over the years, and in turn delivered his own musical stamp on these stunningly written tracks. The album titled THIRTY includes both covers and original compositions penned by Anthony, and celebrates thirty years of the most beautifully written music.
2013 also saw Anthony tread the Musical Theatre stage once again. Playing the role of Johnny Casino in Grease The Musical, the stage show along with the likes of Bert Newton & Todd McKenney plays in Brisbane, Sydney and then Melbourne in 2014.
Anthony followed his debut single with another multi-platinum number 1 single, Rain/Bridge Over Troubled Water and a self-titled multi- platinum number
1 selling album. Another two top 10 hits came off this debut album with Hurts so Bad and Per Sempre.
Anthony's latest album's 'THIRTY' and 'This Is Christmas' are out now through ABC/Universal Music. 'THIRTY' debuted in Top 20 on the Aria Album Charts. 'THIRTY' re-discovers songs that have influenced Anthony over the years, and in turn deliver's his own musical stamp on these stunningly written tracks. 'THIRTY' includes both covers and original compositions. 'This Is Christmas' coincides with Anthony's 10th consecutive year at NINE's Carols By Candlelight. Produced by John Forman, featuring The National Boys Choir, a duet with Tim Campbell and recorded with a 55 piece orchestra, it's a must have in every home at Christmas time.
These albums are available on iTunes, online and all good CD stores
Anthony Callea (2005)
A New Chapter (2006)
This Is Christmas (2013)
Ladies & Gentleman: The Songs of George Michael [live] (2013)