Music, Media, Creative Entertainment
At only 27 years of age, Aria Award winning singer Anthony Callea has definitely cemented his name in Australia as one of this country’s favourite and most recognised singers and performers. In 2004 his debut single The Prayer became Australia’s fastest and highest selling single of all time with sales in excess of 4 x platinum and was at the top of the charts for an amazing 5 weeks. Anthony has well and truly proven to be one of this country’s most successful recording artists.
In 2005 Anthony followed his debut single with another multi-platinum number 1 single Rain/Bridge Over Troubled Water and a self-titled multi-platinum number 1 album. Anthony again scored himself another two top 10 hits off his debut album with Hurts so Bad and Per Sempre. He embarked on an international song writing trip for his sophomore album A New Chapter which was accredited Gold, that featured two top 20 singles with Live for Love and Addicted To You. Anthony also released a Live Concert DVD which debuted at No 3 on the Aria DVD Charts and went Platinum and later screened as a television music special on Foxtel.
He also recorded the song Healing of the Heart for the soundtrack of Walt Disney’s Bambi 2 along with international artists Martina McBride and Alison Krauss.
Anthony has embarked on two of his own successful national concert tours to sell-out crowds and appeared as special guest for touring international superstars including Ms Diana Ross, Westlife, Celine Dion and more recently Whitney Houston. Anthony has also performed for a host of international dignitaries including the late Luciano Pavarotti, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark.
Anthony has appeared on many special television events such as the Logies, Australia Day Concert, The Arias, Good Friday Appeals and the Perth Telethon to name a few. His true ‘entertaining’ skills have been witnessed by millions of viewers in recent years on Channel Seven’s It Takes Two getting to the finals in Series 2 with FOX FM’s Jo Stanley and in Series 3 with Iron Woman Candice Falzon.
September 2007 saw Anthony tread the boards in his first musical production at the State Theatre in Sydney. He played a supporting role in Dead Man Walking, the true story of Sister Helen Prejean. This acclaimed opera production was directed by Nigel Jamieson (Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony).
In November 2007 Anthony played the role of Mark in Perth’s musical production of Rent alongside Tim Campbell and Nikki Webster.
In 2008 through to 2009, Anthony played the role of Boq in the hit musical Wicked in Melbourne where he received audience and critical acclaim. The Sunday Telegraph said ‘Anthony Callea is winning as a munchkin Boq’ and The Age said ‘as the munchkin Boq in Wicked, Callea is impressive’. In December he performed his only Solo Concert for 08 to a sell-out crowd at The Palms at Crown.
Anthony has accumulated a string of awards including an Aria Award along with 3 other Aria nominations, Channel V Artist of the Year, Pop Republic Artist of the Year, an MTV Viewers’ Choice Award, Variety’s Young Entertainer of the Year, MO Award, Dolly Teen Choice Award, and a Gospel Music Award.