Just ones night with An­thony

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tyler Brown

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.”

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