SEIZING THE DAY
The bug-eating, pitch-perfect, song-contest-smashing whiz kid Anthony Callea is coming to town. Well, if it’s good enough for Whitney ...
When it comes to entertainment, Anthony Callea has pretty much done it all. He took on Australian Idol more than 12 years ago, devoured bugs and guts for prime-time TV on I’m a Celebrity Get Me out of Here earlier this year and is one half of a power couple Australia simply adores. And he’s not done yet.
The Melbourne-born singer-songwriter is preparing to hit the road this month to promote his forthcoming album Backbone. His sixth studio release, it’s been produced by James Roche of Bachelor Girl (remember them?) and will drop September 16. It will be a mixture of much-loved covers and new, original songs.
“Essentially, most of these songs are from the ‘80s and ‘90s,” Callea says, not giving too much way. “There’s no better feeling than singing great lyrics and amazing melodies. When you take all the bells and whistles away you are left with some of the most beautiful lyrics and melodies ever created.”
And he’s known his far share of those. From touring with greats including Tina Arena, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, Callea has had the kind of career most vocalists can only dream of.
“(Celine) is just a beautiful human being who is so giving, extremely generous and someone who will tell it like it is,” he says of the icon, adding that “sharing the stage with Tina Arena was also a treat”.
While Callea may be best known for his soaring, pitchperfect vocals he’s also wormed his way into the hearts of Australian audiences who tuned into I’m a Celebrity. Thanks to his upbeat disposition and endearing perma-smile (despite being on the brutal beans-and-rice diet for six weeks), it wasn’t just Brendan Fevola who thought he’d found a new BFF.
“Being on the show was one of the most interesting six-anda-half-week (periods) of my life. I don’t regret doing it. I loved the whole experience and where it took me mentally and physically,” Anthony says.
“It was always great to prank people. Brendan Fevola is the king of pranks so it was fun to return the favour. Bonnie Lythgoe’s antics were also entertaining. It was great to have a fun experience while also raising some important funds for my nominated charity, Lifeline.”
The good news for local fans is that the Gold Coast holds a very special place in Callea’s heart as well.
“I love coming to the Coast; I love the sunshine, the beaches, the people, and especially the relaxed atmosphere. My husband and I have friends who live there so we visit quite a bit. When the time comes to give all of this up, I’d love to retire on the Gold Coast.”
That’s likely a ways off yet, as Callea’s focused on making the most of his jam-packed career. Handling it all comes down to a few simple rules.
“Don’t sweat the small stuff, don’t be overwhelmed, take small steps, breathe and relax, “he says. “Don’t be too hard on yourself.” Anthony Callea, Twin Towns, tomorrow night
(CELINE) IS JUST A BEAUTIFUL HUMAN BEING WHO IS SO GIVING ... AND SOMEONE WHO WILL TELL IT LIKE IT IS.
Anthony Callea’s new album is rumoured to feature a Britney Spears cover.