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Anthony Cosmo Callea (born 13 December 1982 in Melbournemarker) is an ARIA Award-winning Australian singer songwriter who rose to prominence in the 2004 season of Australian Idol when he became runner up. Anthony currently holds the record for both the highest and fastest-selling single in Australia for his debut release, "The Prayer".Anthony has accumulated a string of awards including an Aria Award, Channel V Artist of the Year, Pop Republic Artist of the Year, MTV Viewers' Choice Award, Variety's Young Entertainer of the Year, MO Award and a Gospel Music Award and is known for his powerful trained voice and his versatility in a range of genres in releases and live performances. All but one of the tracks on his second album A New Chapter were co-written by Callea and his albums,singles and DVD have all achieved Top 20 status.

Biography

Early years

Callea, credited as Anthony De Fazio, appeared in an episode of Funky Squad, "The Wrong Side of the Tracks", in 1995.

Australian Idol

Callea began entering talent contests as a child and trained with the Johnny Young Talent School. He auditioned and was selected for the final 30 in the television series Australian Idol in 2004. Based on viewer votes, he did not make it through the first round of competition, but was invited back as a "Judge's Choice Wildcard", where his performance earned him a place in the final twelve.

Over the weeks of the competition, his popularity with the Australian public grew. During his run on the show, he gave several performances that earned him high praise from the judges, including his rendition of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge over Troubled Water", Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is" and Andrea Bocelli and Céline Dion's duet "The Prayer." Judge Ian 'Dicko' Dickson said Callea's performance of the latter was the finest he had seen during his two years with the show. The competition concluded in November 2004 with Callea finishing as runner-up to Casey Donovan. He cited Cosima De Vito as his favourite contestant of the first series of Australian Idol. Callea was the first idol contestant in the competition that has never been in any Bottom Group.

Australian Idol performances



Post-Idol

2005-2006: Anthony Callea

Debut album: Anthony Callea.
Callea was immediately signed to Sony/BMG Records, and his first single,"The Prayer" was released in December 2004. It debuted on the ARIA Singles Chart at number one, and remained there for five consecutive weeks. Within seven weeks, it had become the highest-selling Australian single of all time, as it was certified four times platinum, selling in excess of 280,000 copies. His next single, the double A-side "Rain / Bridge over Troubled Water" spent two weeks at number one. His self-titled album debuted at number one on the week of 4 April 2005, and remained at the top of the chart for three weeks. His third single "Hurts So Bad" debuted at number ten on the ARIA Charts, while the album's final single, "Per Sempre (For Always)" debuted at number five.

Callea's DVD Live in Concert was released on 7 November 2005. It debuted at #3 in the ARIA DVD Chart and awarded Platinum status.

2006-2007: A New Chapter

Second album: A New Chapter.
Callea released the single "Live for Love" on 4 November 2006, the first from his second album A New Chapter, the only song on the album which he did not co-write. Both the single and the album, released on 25 November 2006, debuted at number 9. The album contains a mix of genres characteristic to Callea, including power ballads and more up-tempo songs.Callea also contributed his version of the Brian McKnight song, "Home", to the compilation album Home: Songs of Hope & Journey, which was released in order to raise funds for BeyondBlue, an anti-depression organisation.The second single "Addicted to You" debuted at no. 19 when released in February 2007.

2009: Currently working on 3rd album

Anthony Callea is currently working on his third album with Sony Music, which is due for release later in 2009, and in November 2008 travelled to New York to meet with writers and Sony US.

Charity work

Callea has been involved with many charities. He was part of the Tsunami Relief Telethon and was also invited to perform at the Red Crossmarker Ball in the presence of Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark. Callea has also worked with The Starlight Foundation, the Royal Melbourne Children's Hospital, The Mirabel Foundation and The Salvation Army. More recently, Callea was the ambassador for the 2007 Perth Telethon for the Royal Children's Hospital, and in November 2007 was appointed the official ambassador for Vision Australia. For the second year Anthony has been appointed the official ambassador for 2009's Vision Australia's Carols By Candlelight. This will be his 6th year in a row Callea has performed at this event and cites this as one of the highlights of the year.

Personal life

On 27 March 2007, after speculation and tabloid rumours dating back to his Idol appearances, Callea publicly acknowledged that he was gay by issuing a statement confirming his sexuality and thanking his fans and his then-partner, Paul.

"Yes, I am gay," Callea said. "I have no issue with my sexuality now, but it's taken time to become confident with who I am and happy with who I am. I'm comfortable enough to come clean now. It's a weight off my shoulders".


On March 30, 2007, former Australian High Courtmarker judge Justice Michael Kirby described Callea as an "admirable Australian" for coming out. Justice Kirby added, "In terms of influencing popular culture and understanding of the reality of human sexual diversity, I would trade ten judges for one popular singer."

Callea has also admitted to suffering from depression in his teenage years, saying, "I went through major depression. I hated myself. I had to see a psychologist. I wasn't talking to anyone. My parents didn't know what was wrong with me." Callea has since supported beyondblue, an Australian initiative against depression, by contributing his version of a Brian McKnight song, "Home", to a compilation album, Home: Songs of Hope & Journey by various Australian artists to raise funds and bring attention to the organisation and its cause.

In February 2008 he and actor/singer Tim Campbell confirmed that they were in a relationship.

Tours

Anthony Callea Tour 2005

In July 2005, Callea embarked on an extensive east coast tour adding dates along the way. Supporting Callea on tour was Tina Cousins.

Diana Ross I Love You Tour 2006

During the Australian leg of Diana Ross's I Love You Tour, Callea performed as her support act.

Westlife Face to Face Tour 2007

During the Australian leg of Westlife's Face To Face Tour, Callea performed as their support act, Westlife's Arena Tour in Australia February 2007.

A New Chapter Tour 2007

From July to September 2007, Callea embarked on his "A New Chapter" Tour with his four-piece band. Callea performed the songs in his album A New Chapter as well as some of his classic songs, playing eighteen shows across the country.

Tattoo Spectacular 2007

At the Tattoo Spectacular 2007, Callea performed his songs with accompaniment by the massed bands and the Tattoo Choir. The event combined a cast and crew of almost 900 musicians, performers, dancers and singers.

Celine Dion Taking Chances World Tour 2008

On March 26 2008, Celine Dion will commence the Australian leg of her World Taking Chances Tour. Callea has been announced as the special guest support act.

Songs from the Movies - Sydney Symphony May 2008

Callea and several other leading Australian performers have been invited to perform with the Sydney Symphony at the concert hall of the Sydney Opera Housemarker. The performance has been described as a tribute to the greatest film songs ever written and is scheduled from the 7th to the 10th of May, 2008.

One Night Only - Anthony Callea in Concert

On 6 December 2008 Anthony Callea will be taking a night off from his successful run in ‘Wicked’ and returns to the music stage for an exclusive Australian show at The Palms at Crown in Melbourne.

Whitney Houston 'Nothing But Love' Tour 2010

Anthony Callea has been announced as the Special Guest of the Australian leg of Whitney Houstons Nothing But Love Tour opening in Brisbane on 22nd February 2010.

The arena tour will play in Brisbane, Hope Estate Hunter Valley, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and finishing the tour with two shows in Perth.

Other projects

It Takes Two series 2

In 2007, Callea was one of the professional voices on the Seven Network's weekly musical competition program, It Takes Two, in which celebrities from non-musical fields were teamed with professional singers to perform a duet each week. Callea was paired with radio DJ Jo Stanley and finished in second place, competing against Jolene Anderson and David Campbell at the finals.

Performances



It Takes Two series 3

In 2008, Callea again performed as one of the professional voices on the Seven Network's weekly musical competition program, It Takes Two, in which celebrities from non-musical fields are teamed with professional singers to perform a duet each week. Callea's partner for season three was ironwoman Candice Falzon. The third series began airing on 12 February 2008. Callea and Falzon were eliminated in week seven, finishing in fifth place.

Performances



Dead Man Walking

In September, 2007, in his first musical production, Callea played a supporting role in Dead Man Walking, the true story of Sister Helen Prejean, an unconventional nun, who accompanies murderer Joe de Rocher to his death by execution. It explores the opposing desires for vengeance and forgiveness in this extreme situation, and the commitment required to love or to hate a fellow human being.

Rent

In November, 2007, Callea played the lead role Mark Cohen, a filmmaker and video artist, and Roger's roommate, in the Perth production of the critically acclaimed American Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical Rent. Based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème, the musical centers on a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Alphabet City in the last days of the Bohemian East Village, under the shadow of AIDS.

This was Callea's second musical production. He starred alongside his now-partner, Tim Campbell.

Wicked: The Broadway Musical

On 12 February 2008, it was announced that Callea had taken on the role of Boq in the Melbourne production of Wicked, which opened in July 2008 at the Regent Theatre. Callea plays the role of Boq until January 4 2009, when his contract expires.

Wicked is the multi award winning Broadway Musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman. The story is based on the best-selling novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire.

Wicked, tells the story behind the Wizard of Oz and looks at what happened before Dorothy dropped in.

The character of Boq is an endearing but misguided munchkin, besotted with Glinda, who is impervious to his devotion.

Discography

The following is a complete discography of every album and single released by Australian pop music artist Anthony Callea.

Albums

Year Information Australia Sales and Certifications
2005 Anthony Callea
  • First studio album
  • Released: 25 March 2005
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • Format: CD
1
Australian sales: 140,000ARIA: 2x Platinum
2006 A New Chapter
  • Second studio album
  • Released: 26 November 2006
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • Format: CD
9
Australian sales: 35,000ARIA: Gold


Singles

Year Song Australia Certification Album
2004 "The Prayer" 1 4× Platinum (ARIA) Anthony Callea
2005 "Rain"/"Bridge over Troubled Water" 1 2× Platinum (ARIA)
"Hurts So Bad" 10 -
"Per Sempre " 5 -
2006 "Live for Love" 9 - A New Chapter
2007 "Addicted to You" 19 -


Other

  • "I Wanna Know What Love Is" (studio recording Track 3 of Australian Idol: The Final 12 2004)
  • "Listen with Your Heart" (released as bonus CD to a limited number of debut albums)
  • "Wanna Be the One" (B-side to "Rain/Bridge Over Troubled Water" CDS)
  • "Don't Tell Me" (B-side to "Rain/Bridge Over Troubled Water" CDS)
  • "The Healing of a Heart" (Bambi 2 soundtrack)
  • "Meant for Love" (B-side to "Addicted to You")
  • "Try" (B-side to "Addicted to You")
  • "Whatever It Takes" (iTunes exclusive cover made by Edyta Gorniak)
  • "Home" (on Home: Songs of Hope & Journey compilation)
  • "The Christmas Song" (on The Spirit of Christmas 2005 compilation)
  • "Far from Over" (iTunes special)


Videography

DVD

Year Title Australia Certification
2005 Anthony Callea Live in Concert 3 Platinum (ARIA)


  • Anthony Callea: Per Sempre (For Always) (DVD single)


Music videos



Awards

Award Category About Result
2007
Pop Republic Awards 2007 Australian Male Artist Of The Year Himself 3rd
Australian Gospel Music Awards Outstanding Achievement Award The Prayer Won
2006
MTV Australia Video Music Awards 2006 Coca-Cola Viewer's Choice Award 2006 Himself Won
Dolly Teen Choice Awards 2006 Hottest Album Of 2006 'Anthony Callea' Won
2005
Pop Republic Awards 2005 Artist Of The Year Himself Won
Variety Club Heart Awards 2005 Young Entertainer of the Year Himself Won
MO Award 2005 Australian Performer Of The Year Himself Nominated
MO Award 2005 Contemporary Rock Performer Himself Won
Channel V's OZ Artist Of The Year Award 2005 Oz Artist Of The Year Himself Won
ARIA Awards 2005 Highest Selling Single The Prayer Won
ARIA No.1 Chart Awards 2005 ARIA No.1 Single Rain / Bridge Over Troubled Water Won
ARIA No.1 Chart Awards 2005 ARIA No.1 Single The Prayer Won
ARIA No.1 Chart Awards 2005 ARIA No.1 Album 'Anthony Callea' Won


References

  1. "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2005 Albums". ARIA. Retrieved 10 February 2008.
  2. "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2006 Albums". ARIA. Retrieved 10 February 2008.


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