Ladies & Gentlemen.... The Songs Of George Michael
It's been 30 years since George Michael, one of the great popstars of our time, released his first solo single, and his catalogue of incredible hits continue to move and excite music lovers worldwide. Anthony Callea is one of Australia's finest vocalists, and for one night only this ARIA award winner will bring to life this impressive music catalogue that has touched millions for decades. Careless Whisper, Too Funky, Faith, Jesus to a Child, Father Figure, Outside, the list is endless.
Anthony will also relive the early days of WHAM! In 2013, Anthony kicked off the year as a special guest for Mariah Carey and toured with Tina Arena. Anthony also signed to ABC/Universal Music and released the Top 20 album "THIRTY" featuring the beautifuly written track 'My All' and the much anticipated Top 40 album "This Is Christmas" produced by John Foreman which was recorded with a 55 piece orchersta. The east coast of Australia witnessed first hand Anthony's talent when he tool his album "THIRTY" on the "THIRTY Tour" with his full band. This year marks Anthony's 10th year since walking on to the Australian Idol stage, instantly becoming a household name from his 4 x platinum selling single The Prayer, followed by his multi platinum selling debut album. He has definitely cemented his name as one of this country's most successful, consistent and emotive vocalists. Anthony is looking forward to hitting the stage once again in his hometown of Melbourne at The Palms at Crown.
Anthony say's "Like many of us, the music of George Michael has influenced me from a young age. As a singer, his vocal ability is undoubtedly one of a kind. The fact that his catalogue is full of classic hits that will live on forever, makes me excited to hit the stage once again in my home town to pay tribute to these iconic songs and to one of the finest male vocalists of our time".
When: 16th May 2014
Where: The Palms at Crown (Melbourne, Australia)
GREASE IS THE WORD
Currently starring in Grease The Musical at Her Majesty's Theatre... Anthony will be playing the role of Johnny Casino until the end of the Melbourne season which finishes up at the end of March 2014!
"The stunt casting of Bert Newton, Val Lehman, Todd McKenney and Anthony Callea is the best kind in Grease, each of them get their moment in the sun but don't steal the limelight for too long. Although Callea's Johnny Casino very nearly does steal the show." - The Courier Mail
"The cameos from various stars including Bert Newton, Val Lehman, Todd McKenney and Anthony Callea are fabulous fun." - The Herald Sun
"Anthony Callea is in the pocket for Born to Hand Jive, which features fun rockabilly lifts and the high-kicking Cha Cha" - The Australian
"Included in the star-studded line-up was Australian Idol runner-up Anthony Callea as Johnny Casino, performing the song 'Hand Jive' at the Rydell High dance off. Callea is a natural entertainer and a delight to watch." - Aussie Theatre
THIS IS CHRISTMAS - Released 8th November!
Anthony Callea, one of Australia's finest voices, is thrilled to reveal that he will release a brand new Christmas album, 'This Is Christmas', on November 8, 2013.
Anthony returns to the studio with producer and long-time friend John Foreman along with an incredible 55 piece orchestra to record this much anticipated new Christmas album; The follow-up to Anthony's first album on ABC Music, 'THIRTY', which was released in April this year and achieved a No.18 ARIA Album Chart debut. 'This Is Christmas' will feature twelve iconic Christmas songs, from 'The First Noel', to 'Amazing Grace' and 'Don't Save It All For Christmas Day'.
Featuring guest vocalist Tim Campbell on 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas', the esteemed National Boys Choir on 'Ave Maria' and 'O Holy Night' and one of the most beautiful acapella versions of 'Amazing Grace' you'll hear, 'This Is Christmas' is a stunning collection of beautifully arranged tracks that are especially close to Anthony's heart. The release of 'This Is Christmas' in 2013 is a fitting occasion, as this year marks the tenth consecutive year of Anthony's involvement with Melbourne's Carols by Candlelight and working relationship with Musical Director John Foreman, who produced the record breaking and multi-platinum selling single 'The Prayer'.
Anthony says "Christmas truly is my favourite time of the year and I can't describe how excited I am to be releasing 'This Is Christmas'. It's been a long time coming and to be able to create this album with John Foreman along with a talented orchestra, The National Boys Choir and with musicians who are the finest in the country, I couldn't be more proud and overjoyed about this album. I sincerely hope this album captures the spirit and meaning of Christmas for all and will live on in many homes for Christmases to come."
'THIS IS CHRISTMAS' Tracklisting
1. Don't Save It All For Christmas Day
2. The First Noel
3. Christmas Baby, Please Come Home
4. Silent Night (feat: Stuart Fraser on Guitar)
5. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
6. Ave Maria (feat: The National Boys Choir)
7. Do You Hear What I Hear?
8. Mary Did You Know
9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (feat: Tim Campbell)
10. Amazing Grace (feat: Susie Ahern, Michelle Serrett, Rod Davies)
11. O Holy Night (feat: The National Boys Choir)
12. Note To God
THIRTY - Live in Concert
Anthony Callea, one of Australia’s finest vocal talents, is thrilled to reveal details of his upcoming headline tour. The ‘THIRTY Live In Concert’ tour will see Anthony take the songs from his new album ‘THIRTY’ to audiences across the East Coast, kicking off July 13 at The Palms at Melbourne’s Crown Casino and continuing through NSW and QLD for seven dates in July and August.
In addition, we are very excited to announce that TIM CAMPBELL (House Husbands, Home & Away, Wicked, Shout) will be the Special Guest on the ‘THIRTY Live In Concert’ tour with his full band. (excluding Belmont 16 Foot Sailing Club, special guest to be announced soon)
Saturday 13 July – The Palms, Crown Casino Melbourne – VIC
Friday 26 July – Bankstown Sports Club – NSW
Saturday 27 July – Dee Why RSL – NSW
Friday 2 August – South Sydney Juniors – NSW
Saturday 3 August – Belmont 16 Foot Sailing Club (Newcastle) – NSW
Friday 9 August – Broncos Leagues Club – QLD
Saturday 10 August – Twin Towns Resort – QLD
A Bit About The Album THIRTY......
After signing with ABC Music earlier this year, Anthony took to the studio to record his anticipated new album ‘THIRTY’, which will be released on April 26, 2013. Teaming up with producer James Kempster, who worked on Anthony’s 2005 ARIA chart-topping self-titled release, ‘THIRTY’ includes ten covers along with two beautiful originals, ‘My All’ and ‘I’ll Be The One’, taking listeners on a journey through the past thirty years of beautifully written tracks that have most impacted and influenced him.
Anthony’s song choices include cover tracks from the 80’s (Cheap Tricks’ ‘The Flame’ and Heart’s ‘Alone’) through to the 90’s (‘When You Believe’, ‘Go The Distance’) and Naughties (‘Leave Right Now’, ‘Dance With My Father)’. With original tunes, ‘My All’ and ‘I’ll Be The One’ in the mix, as well as Italian anthems ‘Nella Fantasia’ and ‘Di sole e d’azzurro’ along with a selection of classic favourites, this will be the most anticipated album from this supremely talented performer.
Anthony recently shot the video for ‘My All’ in Melbourne with local videographer Prad Senanayake, who has worked with the likes of Ricki Lee, 360, Something For Kate and more. The clip is a moving visual narrative that explores different types of relationships and features a cameo appearance from Anthony’s partner, Tim Campbell, about whom the song was written.
THIRTY is released April 26th - Be sure to get your copy online or in store.
GREASE THE MUSICAL
(Announced 24th March 2013)
Excited to announce that Anthony Callea will be Johnny Casino in GREASE
The No.1 Party Musical GREASE is returning to Australia in a new multi-million dollar production. It’s got groove, it’s got meaning and it’s burning up the quarter mile!
Packed with explosive energy and with an all-star cast, GREASE returns to the Australian stage in a live production that’s truly ELECTRIFYIN’!
Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne - Get ready, as YOU were Born To Hand Jive!
Opens in Brisbane August 2013!
NEW ALBUM FOR 2013
This is VERY exciting news for Anthony Callea fans..... stay tuned for more details to come very shortly!
Anthony to open for Mariah Carey
With an entourage of over 45 accompanying Mariah when she jets in to Australia for her first tour in the country in over 14 years, it is no surprise that husband Nick Cannon will accompany her down under. Not only will Nick be on location when Mariah performs on the Gold Coast, in Sydney and Melbourne, but he will kick off each show with a live DJ set. This will be the first time Nick has been a supporting act for wife Mariah on tour, a bonus for fans who’ve secured tickets. For what is being hailed as one of the biggest shows of the year, two local artists Anthony Callea and Andrew De Silva will also support Mariah Carey’s 2013 Australian Tour.
As fans in each city wait in anticipation for their idol to come on stage, Nick Cannon will hype up the crowd with a live DJ set of chart topping hits and current favourites. Ticketholders will have to wait and see if Nick will put his spin on a Mariah classic.
2012 Australia’s Got Talent winner Andrew De Silva will also open the Sydney and Melbourne shows while Aria Award winner Anthony Callea will also perform on the Gold Coast. With American Idol set to hit Australian screens early next year, you have to wonder if it is a coincidence both local support acts found fame on talent shows.
Those heading to the Gold Coast for a New Year’s Day extravaganza presented by Jupiters Hotel & Casino are in for the night of their lives with these opening performances from Nick Cannon and Anthony Callea. Having supported other top female artists on their Australian tours such as Diana Ross in 2006, Celine Dion in 2008 and Whitney Houston in 2010, Gold Coast Mariah fans will love the opening act from singer and entertainer Anthony Callea, who will be supported by his full band.
Studio, Channel 132 - Tina Arena & Anthony Callea
Tune in on Saturday, 17th Novemeber from 8.30pm on Studio, Channel 132 to watch for the first time Tina Arena's recent LIVE tour where Anthony was invited as a special guest.
Tina Arena invites Anthony as her Special Guest
Recently, Anthony toured with another one of this country's finest singers and performers, Ms Tina Arena. The orchestral shows were taken around the country to sold out audiences. Tina personally invited Anthony to be part of her Australian tour, and if you were one of the lucky ones that witnessed their 'duet' moments, you would have to agree, it was a very magical and moving live performance. Anthony said "To be able to share the stage and sing with this countries finest singer was a joy and absolute privilege. I would also like to thank those that were able to come along, especially those that came from great distances. Your support truly amazes me."
LAST TO GO - Single/EP OUT NOW
Set me free and lose control of the night ...
Last To Go – the title-track of Anthony Callea’s new EP – is the sound of an artist who’s embracing his creative freedom, excited by the endless possibilities. “I don’t care where the night is going,” he declares.
There are no restrictions or boundaries. “Because rules,” Anthony sings, “they are made to be broken.”
From the carefree celebration of Last To Go to the emotional depth of Tangled, the EP is a compelling collection of songs. Last Night is the ultimate party anthem, while the strikingly honest I Don’t Care What You Say (written with Paul Mac and Cindy Ryan) is the sound of defiance and independence. The EP also features the cheeky first single, Oh Oh Oh Oh.
“When you put a body of work together,” Anthony says, “you want to tell a story. And this EP shows many sides of me.”
Anthony is an artist who knows who he is, and what he wants to accomplish with his music. I found his self-awareness to be very refreshing. Working with him on Tangled was a great experience, and I'm excited for the world to hear this song! – Matt Morris, co-writer of Tangled
Anthony is not afraid to experiment. “I could make a change,” he sings in I Don’t Care What You Say, “start again.”
“It’s about trying new things,” Anthony explains. “You can be really creative in the studio – there’s no one there to judge. And if it doesn’t work, you can always press delete and just start again!”
Anthony also worked closely with the producers: Michael D’Arcy (Stan Walker, Bardot), Aussie hit-makers DNA, David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii (Brian McFadden, Reece Mastin, Timomatic), and DJ Poet (The Black Eyed Peas).
“I wanted to work with producers I’d never worked with before, to get a fresh spin on what I do,” Anthony says.
I really enjoyed working on "I Don't Care What You Say" with Anthony. It's new ground for him and a new direction for such a strong voice. The lyrics on this track separate him from the pack though. A beautifully honest, celebration. Paul Mac, acclaimed producer and Multi Aria Award winner, co-writer of I Don’t Care What You Say
The EP also includes live acoustic versions of Last To Go and Oh Oh Oh Oh, which sees the songs stripped back, showing why Anthony is regarded as one of Australia’s premier vocalists.
“When I performed Oh Oh Oh Oh acoustically I got so many people saying how much they loved it. When you break down a song like that and it still works, I know that I’m on the right track.”
Despite an imposing track record – including the fastest-selling Australian single of all time, a double platinum debut album, gold sophomore album and tours with Whitney Houston, Diana Ross and Celine Dion – Anthony is an artist who’s very much living for the now. “Got no bags,” he sings, “I’m only here one night.”
And when the party’s over, and it’s the morning after the night before, these songs will remain stuck in your head.
Anthony Callea, Last To Go, available on iTunes NOW.
TRACK BY TRACK
LAST TO GO
I don’t care where the night is going
“I was writing a few ballads with the DNA boys, so I decided I wanted to write an up-tempo dance track. With this song I declared, ‘This is gonna be a big night, whatever happens, happens, and I’m gonna be the last to leave.’ I wanted to have fun, but keep it real and honest. And the DNA boys bring that out of me. They’re always saying, ‘But what would you do, what would you say?’ They are the best guys to work with.”
OH OH OH OH
Break all of the rules
“I went to Poet’s studio in LA, he is seriously loopy, and I say that in a good way. For him, it’s all about the music. I loved working with him – I could just feed off his energy.”A creative spark was ignited between Anthony and DJ Poet. “‘Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh’ popped out in the chorus,” Anthony says. “I said to Poet, ‘Can we really use that as a lyric and the title?’ And he said, ‘Why not?’” With Oh Oh Oh Oh, Anthony treats his vocals as just another instrument. “I wanted a track where every element complemented each other, where the vocals are interwoven with the music.”
It was more than a passing glance
“I was walking down Sunset Boulevard when I saw a billboard for the movie Tangled. I thought, ‘That’s a great word, how can I work it into a song?’ I was working with Kadis & Sean a production/song writing duo who brought a lot of flavour to the session and Matt Morris, a singer from Denver, who has worked with a lot of great artists, including Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and Justin Timberlake. Matt's a great guy, and we really clicked. I didn’t want to write a typical love song, so I put myself into a scenario. I people-watch all the time – There are times I just sit in cafés by myself and watch people and try to work out their story. The premise of this song is about someone in a relationship, but then suddenly someone else walks into their world and they wonder why they have this sudden attraction to them. It’s awkward, but everyone has that moment. We’re all human, emotions get tangled.”
Let’s party like we only have one night left on Earth
“I love Vegas, I’ve been there five times. I love going to the clubs; the music’s great and everyone’s there to have a great time. With this song, I wanted to capture what I feel when I go to Vegas. I wrote the track with Jaakko Salovaara, who is a very talented writer and producer from Finland. He was renting a house in the Hollywood Hills and he got me to record the vocals for the demo by the pool. I laughed and said, ‘Are you insane? I’ve never recorded outside, let alone by the pool.’ But working with Jaakko was so much fun. I came back the next day and we penned another track.”
I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU SAY
Now it’s time to break away
"When I walked into Paul Mac’s studio for a writing session, I thought, ‘I can’t do this, it’s Paul Mac!’ But as soon as he opened the door and smiled, I knew it was going to work. He’s one of the most nurturing people. He has a beautiful energy and just makes you feel so comfortable. He also surrounds himself with genuine people, such as Cindy Ryan. Cindy has a beautiful aura. She’s very calm and a bit hippie/trippy. I’m so not that, but I knew we could work together. When you’re comfortable with people, you can be a lot more honest with your lyrics, and that’s what I was able to do when I was writing this song with Paul and Cindy. It’s very special and close to me."
LAST TO GO AVAILABLE ON ITUNES NOW!
LAST TO GO / written by Anthony Callea, David Musumeci, Anthony Egizii / produced by DNA
OH OH OH OH / written by Anthony Callea, Jamie Munson aka DJ Poet, Khaled, Divy Pota / produced by Jamie Munson aka DJ Poet and Khaled
TANGLED / written by Anthony Callea, Matt Morris, Kadis & Sean / produced by Michael D’Arcy, additional production by Kadis & Sean
LAST NIGHT / written by Anthony Callea, Jaakko Salovaara / produced by Michael D’Arcy
I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU SAY / written by Anthony Callea, Paul Mac, Cindy Ryan / produced by Michael D’Arcy
LAST TO GO ACOUSTIC VERSION / produced by James Kempster
OH OH OH OH ACOUSTIC VERSION / produced by James Kempster