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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 tick­et­mas­ Bris­ban­ites can catch his show at the Tivoli to­mor­row night

Tal­ented singer An­thony Callea per­forms his new show at The Star on Satur­day night.

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