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Anthony Callea

Anthony Callea


12/13/1982, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Birth Name

Anthony Cosmo Callea


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Anthony Callea is an ARIA Award winning Australian singer and was the runner-up in the 2004 season of Australian Idol. Anthony currently holds the record for the highest-selling single and fastest-selling single in Australia for his debut single The Prayer.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2007, Anthony and radio personality Jo Stanley were runners up in It Takes Two, beaten by Jolene Anderson and David Campbell in the finale.

    • When Anthony was growing up, he attended and trained with the Johnny Young Talent School.

    • In March 2007, an intern at the radio station that accidentally outed Anthony was made the scapegoat and sacked from the station, Edge 96.One. While the intern was not involved in the on-air discussion about Anthony and his partner, she was accused of sending an audio file of the conversation to a Sydney newspaper. The intern and the breakfast show's host were suspended for two days, before the intern was fired. The traffic controller who actually outed Anthony, had no action taken against him at all.

    • In March 2007, Anthony was accidentally outed as being gay by a Sydney journalist. On March 26th, 2007, Anthony ended years of speculation and confirmed the report that he was gay.

    • In November 2006, Anthony bought two new goldfish and asked fans to name them. They are now called Gin and Tonic!

    • Anthony was invited to sing for the Queen for Commonwealth Day in 2006.

    • Between working on albums, Anthony did a fair amount of travelling, visiting London, Sweden and Milan.

    • In September 2006, Anthony was listed as #50 in TV Week's 'Top 50 most memorable moments on Australian television' list, for his performance of The Prayer on Australian Idol.

    • Anthony is 5'2" (1.58 m) tall.

    • Anthony believes all you need to get to stardom are determination and believing in yourself.

    • Anthony's debut single and rendition of The Prayer held the #1 position in Australia for five consecutive weeks, and is officially the fastest selling and highest selling Australian single of all time.

    • Anthony has won over 10 awards including "Channel V Artist Of The Year 2005", "2005 ARIA Award - Highest Selling Single Of The Year (The Prayer)", "Number 1 Single of 2005 - Australian End Of Year Chart" and three ARIA Number 1 Awards for 2005.

    • Anthony has a brother, Matt, and a sister, Christina. His parents are mother, Santina, and father Cosmo.

    • Anthony's favorite song is The Prayer, by Andrea Bocelli. This was the first song he released after Australian Idol.

  • Quotes

    • Anthony: (on traffic reporter Vic Larusso who outed him on live radio) The thing I was most pissed off about was that he called me a snob. I can't even remember him coming up to our table that night we met. I was out with a group of people. I didn't know who he was and he didn't introduce himself to me.

    • Anthony: (confirming to media that he is gay) Yes, I am gay. 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 don't think it's a big issue. Who cares? This might create a bit of gossip around the water cooler but apart from that I don't think it's a major thing. If people have an issue with it, it's their issue. It shouldn't really be relevant to me being a singer and a performer.

    • Anthony: (on growing up gay in a close, Italian community) I went through a stage of major depression. I hated myself. I went through a stage where I didn't want to be me. I didn't understand why I had to be this way. It would have been much easier not to be gay, I could have done what was expected of me and got married and had kids. But that's not reality any more. We don't live in the 1950s. But getting through that makes you a stronger person, it allows me to do what I'm doing now.

    • Anthony: (on supporting Pavarotti) I met him in Perth and they asked me to sing for him. You don't get asked every day to sing for Pavarotti! I had a quick chat with him afterwards and he was really supportive. He said, 'You sound great. Good luck.' So it was really cool.

    • Anthony: (describing a mishap on a plane in 2006) I was sitting on a plane and the inside of the window actually fell out. I called the flight attendant over and I said, 'Should I be worried about this?' And she goes, 'Thanks for letting us know. You should be OK.' And I went, 'Should?!' Luckily I wasn't sucked out of the plane!

    • Anthony: (on his fans) It's great to have that fan base! I constantly jump onto the forum (on my own site) and see what they're gasbagging about and what they want from me. It's great to get that feedback, and I'm very lucky to have them.

    • Anthony: (asked if he is a perfectionist) Yeah. And sometimes a bit of a pain in the bum as well! Because I want to make sure it's right.

    • Anthony: Music is my life. It's my reason for being. And anyway, I'm crap at everything else!

    • Anthony (on making the Top 50 most memorable moments on Australian television with his performance of 'The Prayer'): I remember being extremely nervous about this performance [The Prayer]. I was taking a massive risk. I followed some voice inside that was telling me to just do it. The response I received from the audience and the public still amazes me. Who would have thought it would ever make the top 50 most memorable moments on Australian television?!

  • Anthony Callea is one of the most talented young artists this country has seen.He is my favourite artist of alltime.

    Anthony Callea www.anthonycallea.com.au - Bio

    Anthony Callea was just 22 years of age, when became a national phenomenon. His debut single, that extraordinary version of Andrea Bocelli’s “The Prayer”, not only held the No. 1 position in lockdown for five consecutive weeks, it has set the record books reeling: Anthony Callea’s “The Prayer” is officially the fastest selling Australian single of all time, it is also the highest selling Australian single ever!

    These are astounding figures for any artist, but especially for one whose career has only just begun. They hint at Anthony’s rare, cross-generational appeal, but they’re not what make him special. To understand that, you have to cast your mind all the way back to the 10th August, 2004, the morning after the then 21 year old singing teacher from Melbourne was voted out of the first round of Australian Idol. It had been a tough blow to a performer who’d been working towards this moment since he was three years old. But that day, like every other day, he got over it and did what he did best. He sang. Because for Anthony Callea, there was nothing else he could do. “Music is my life. It’s my reason for being”, he says. “And anyway”, he laughs, “I’m crap at everything else”.

    There was nothing in Anthony’s family history suggestive of his future profession. No one sang, no one played an instrument. So you can imagine his parents’ complete bewilderment when the then three-year old Anthony asked them if they could take him to singing lessons. “It was a bit weird”, recalls Anthony. “But they’ve always been supportive, saying if that’s what you really want to do, then go for it”. And he’s been going for it ever since. From those early days of talent schools through to 13 years of private singing lessons – which culminated in Anthony topping the state for Music Solo Performance in Victoria’s (HSC equivalent) Certificate of Education (with a perfect score, no less!) – Anthony has been utterly committed to his craft. By age 15, Anthony was already performing at The Odeon theatre in Melbourne’s Crown Casino, where he met up with producer Ashley Cadell, and spent the next few years writing, recording and honing his skills. By age 17, he was earning his living as a professional singer, continuing to perform at the Crown Casino as well as doing corporate gigs and weddings as a member of vocal trio, Say Yeah. In addition, he had a group of 27 private singing students with whom he shared his vocal secrets. Anthony knew he was going somewhere. He just didn’t know where, or when, his big break would come. Then a small show called Australian Idol came along. Anthony made it through to the Final 30 before being voted off. The elimination was a surprise, and it hurt. But Anthony followed the same advice he gave his students: “Keep at it, don’t let anyone put you down and remember that if you really want something, put your mind to it and just do it”. So when Anthony received the wildcard that saw him re-enter the show, he wasn’t overwhelmed. He wasn’t nervous. He was ready.

    History may recall that it was Casey Donovan who became the Australian Idol, but it is Anthony Callea who will be remembered for providing the show’s defining moment: a performance of The Prayer so jaw droppingly accomplished, so emotionally loaded, that it produced a standing ovation from both the judges and the audience. From that moment, Anthony Callea was on his way. Anthony Callea’s debut album, simply titled ANTHONY CALLEA, is stunning testament to his promise and his undeniable talent. Recorded over two months, ANTHONY CALLEA comprises 12 contemporary pop songs that explore the textured dynamics of his tenor’s range. It is an album remarkable for both the diversity and the consistency of its material. Anthony personally sifted through more than 40 tracks before settling on the 12 you have in front of you, so you can be assured this is contemporary pop at it’s finest. Produced and written by the world’s premier pop personnel – whose collective credits include George Michael, Delta Goodrem, Britney Spears, Ronan Keating and the Backstreet Boys, to name but a stellar few – and featuring a track which Anthony wrote while working with producer Ashley Cadell all those years back back (“I Want You”), ANTHONY CALLEA seamlessly melds all the diverse facets of Anthony’s musical taste: there’s the operatic (“The Prayer”, naturally); the symphonic (“Per Sempre [For Always]); polished pop-rock (“Rain”, “Hurt So Bad”, “Take It To The Heart”); carefree summer anthems (“Lost in Summer”); brooding, up-tempo dance (“Into Your Heart”); big, dramatic ballads (“When I Get There”); moody ballads (“I Want You”, “When You Were My Girl”); even timeless classics (Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”). It’s an album for all seasons by an artist whose voice is as versatile as it is convincing.

    Anthony is immensely proud of his debut long player, and rightly so. It is a record with enormous appeal. But naturally – and especially given that he’s already reached such heady heights so early into his career – Anthony is still a little nervous about how the album will be received. “It’s weird”, he says. “It’s like a part of me that I’m putting out there and I’m just hoping people will like it. I’m extremely happy with it, and I’ve been overwhelmed by all the support I’ve received from the public, so I hope they like it as well. But at the end of the day I gave it all I’ve got, and if it doesn’t work out, at least I can say that I gave it no less than one hundred per cent”. ANTHONY CALLEA, the debut album from Anthony Callea, is living proof that natural talent, self-belief, hard work and persistence are the cornerstones of success. Or as Anthony might tell you: “Keep at it, don’t let anyone put you down and remember that if you really want something, put your mind to it and just do it”.moreless
  • Talented, Kind hearted, Down to Earth and hard worker=Anthony Callea

    When you meet Anthony Callea, you'll come across, a down to earth, kind hearted guy. Always does alot for his fans.he is hard working and deserves to be in the place he is in right now. He is a talented singer and set to prove it even more with his upcoming second album. Every chance this singer has he always shows his appreaciation to his fans , fmaily and friends and to anyone who has helped him with his career. Anthony has had two no 1 singles with the Prayer, Rain/Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Reach for the stars Anth.moreless