Just ones night with Anthony
ANTHONY Callea still remembers the first time he heard Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis.
“I was driving – I think I was about 18 or 19 – and I pulled the car over to the side of the road because it came on the radio,” the Australian singer-songwriter said.
“There’s something about that song that when you sit there and read those lyrics, they’re so deep.
“One of the first things I did when I got home was research it and I thought I would love to sing this song one day.”
Now, more than 15 years later, Callea has fulfilled that ambition with his latest album ARIA Number 1 Hits In Symphony – a collection of his favourite anthems that made it to the top spot on the ARIA charts, which he has recorded with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
“I was just really self- indulgent putting this album together,” he said. “I looked at the list of number ones and went ‘OK, which ones do I connect with and which ones trigger a memory for me?’
“It wasn’t about trying to recreate them, it was about presenting them in a really beautiful and unique way.
“The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra hasn’t recorded an album with anyone since 1987 with Elton (John) so it was definitely a huge privilege for me.
“I’ve been wanting to do this for years and it took us about two years to make it all happen, so I’m glad we actually were able to do it.
“It’s a really beautiful, special album for me because not everyone gets to record with a symphony orchestra – that was on my bucket list.”
Callea is now preparing to hit the road with his band for a national tour.
“Obviously this is celebrating songs from the last album but we’re also going to be revisiting the last seven albums of the past 14 years,” he said.
“I’m going back to songs that I haven’t performed ever or I haven’t performed in a very long time, so to be able to rework these songs and experiment with them again with the band, that’s going to be a lot of fun as well.”