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ANTHONY CALLEA ARRIVES ON THE GOLD COAST TO SING NO. 1 HITS LIKE YOU’VE NEVER HEARD THEM BEFORE
As a tiny tacker, Anthony Callea accidentally signed up for a career in music without realising.
“At the age of five, I was watching a singer on TV. I don’t remember this but I turned around to my mum and said ‘I want to do that’,” Anthony says. “So she found me a singing coach.
“I’m pretty lucky – 14 years down the track I still get to do what I love, and I’ve worked my arse off for it.”
The maths might not quite add up there – Anthony Callea isn’t 19, he’s 35, and he’s talking about the 14 years since shooting to stardom after being announced as the runner-up on Australian Idol.
Anthony has sustained his success and remained relevant, continuing to produce career highlights throughout his time.
One such highlight is his latest album ARIA No. 1 Hits in Symphony and a national tour that’s heading to the Gold Coast this weekend.
In his sixth album, songs that have peaked at No. 1 on the ARIA charts are reworked into orchestral masterpieces played by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Anthony’s larger-than-life vocals over the top.
“That was an album I wanted to make for a good three or four years,” he says.
“They’re all the No. 1 songs of our country.
“It’s a real celebration of music. To be able to do that with the Melbourne Orchestra was a real privilege.
“To create an album with them was a dream come true.”
Some of the tracks are easier to imagine as classical concertos, including All of Me by John Legend, Someone Like You by Adele and Save the Best For Last by Vanessa Williams, while others such as Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O’Connor and It Must Have Been Love by Roxette have taken on a completely new sound in their reinvention.
“It was about presenting them (the songs) in an orchestral way,” Anthony says. “I’m definitely not a classical singer. I wouldn’t say it was hard, it was actually really enjoyable.
“You’re dealing with songs that have iconic melodies, beautiful lyrics that everyone knows, but it’s about presenting them in a way they’ve never been presented before.”
One of the songs on the album holds a special place in Anthony’s heart, a new take on his 2005 single Rain.
Since opening up about his sexuality post- Idol years, the new release of Rain has had a lyric change from ‘her love’ to ‘his love’.
“Rain, my own song, I recorded that when I was 21, and I’m 35 now, and I wanted to give it a different perspective,” Anthony says.
“There’s nothing wrong with the original form, I just wanted to celebrate that song that I absolutely adore in a different way, in an orchestral way, from my perspective now as a 35 year old.
“I love it, I listen to it now, and I go, ‘God, I love that I had the opportunity to rerecord that song’.”
Anthony Callea’s show ARIA No. 1 Hits in Concert is on at The Star, Gold Coast on Saturday at 7pm. Tickets start at $66.08 and are available from ticketmaster.com.au Brisbanites can catch his show at the Tivoli tomorrow night
Talented singer Anthony Callea performs his new show at The Star on Saturday night.