2011 Newspaper Articles
Posted 19 September 2011 - 06:03 AM
Oh,Oh! It's Anthony
Anthony Callea has broken cover on his brand new tune 'Oh Oh Oh Oh'.
The single is the former Aussie Idol's first in four and a half years and the first since leaving long-time label Sony and going it alone as a solo artist.
Co-written and produced by DJ Poet (who's also worked with the Black Eyed Peas), the track is an up-tempo dance number that brings together dancefloor grooves with '70s-esque disco vibes to create something that will no doubt find a home on radio stations across the country.
It hits radio tomorrow morning.
'Oh Oh Oh Oh' will be available from iTunes on Friday October 07.
In the meantime, take a little sneaky listen over at his official FACEBOOK PAGE.
Posted 19 September 2011 - 01:00 PM
Anthony Callea Returns to Homesexual
The October long weekend edition of Homesexual just got bigger with the return of Anthony Callea. He’ll be joining an already stellar entertainment line-up which includes a 30-minute performance by UK pop/dance star Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
Callea is no stranger to the Homesexual family having performed at the party in 2007. For the past two year,s Callea has been travelling and writing songs and is now ready to hit the dance floor with his new music. More recently, he’s been working in LA, collaborating with DJ Poet on his new single ‘Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh’. DJ Poet is best known for his work with the Black Eyed Peas.
The single will be released on October 7 and partygoers will get a preview of the track on Sunday, October 2 at Homesexual: White, before seeing Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
Ellis-Bextor will be jetting into Sydney exclusively for Homesexual. In a 30-minute showcase, she’ll be singing tracks from her new album Make A Scene (out on September 30, just in time for her Aussie shows), which includes the catchy lead single ‘Starlight’ (out on September 23), as well her chart-topping hits ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’, ‘Get Over You’ and ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’.
Ellis-Bextor and Callea will be supported by a host of local DJs including Jayson Forbes , Alex Taylor, Adam Love, Dan Murphy, Kitty Glitter, Dom Desousa and Justin Scott.
Homesexual: White, Sunday, October 2,11pm-6am,Home The Venue, Darling Harbour, Sydney. Tickets $55+bf (VIP Viewing Balcony Tickets $95+bf). Go to www.inthedark.com.au/shop. Weekend packages available which includes access The Glitter Ball on Saturday, October 1.
Posted 20 September 2011 - 11:16 AM
Oh Oh Oh Oh Anthony Callea Is Back
By Paul Cashmere
Anthony Callea is about to release his first record since 2007. ‘Oh Oh Oh Oh’ marks the recording return of Anthony Callea and this time it’s different.
Callea has teamed up with Black Eyed Peas collaborator DJ Poet (Jamie Munson) to write the song which is an “in the moment” sound for Anthony. The dance floor track features electronic drums beats and synth, a far cry from his 2004 number one hit ‘The Prayer’.
“I went to Poet’s studio in LA,” Anthony says in a statement. “He is seriously loopy and I say that in a good way. For him, it’s all about the music. I loved working with him. I could feed off his energy.”
Poet brought a new sound to Callea because he wasn’t aware of his past. “It’s been really interesting working with people overseas who had no idea who I was or where I come from,” he says.
You can sample the song at the official Anthony Callea web site.
DJ Poet and Khaled produced the track, Miles Walker mixed it and it mastered by Tom Coyne at Sterling Sound in New York.
Anthony has a few live dates planned:
October 2, Sydney, Homesexual: White, Home Nightclub, Darling Harbour
November 5, Melbourne, Fusion, Crown Entertainment Complex
Posted 20 September 2011 - 11:19 AM
Listen: New Music from Anthony Callea
Anthony Callea’s new single Oh Oh Oh Oh has hit radio.
Oh Oh Oh Oh is co-written and produced by DJ Poet, who is best known for his work with The Black Eyed Peas and will be digitally available on iTunes on October 7.
Part electro, part retro, it features a lively mix of electronic drum beats, synth sounds, and a disco build of electrifying strings, and represents a shift in style for the pint-sized pop star.
Check out an audio snippet below.
Callea will next perform at Homesexual: White in Sydney on Sunday, October 2 and Fusion at Melbourne’s Crown Entertainment Complex on Saturday, November 5.
Tickets: www.inthedark.com.au/shop or www.fusionatcrown.com.au/home
Posted 28 September 2011 - 05:49 AM
Anthony Heads Behind the Scenes
Anthony Callea has invited his legion of fans to discover what's been going on behind the scenes of the video for his brand new single 'Oh Oh Oh Oh' - and it would appear that there's a bit of a party vibe going on. There's a bar, some good looking lads and laydees... and speaking of laydees, to accommodate for some of Anthony's erm... shortcomings... they seem to have done him a little favour.
The official video is due to premiere (hopefully) later this week, with the single released digitally on Friday October 07.
Posted by auspOp at Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Posted 29 September 2011 - 06:21 AM
Callea Hits the Dancefloor with DJ Poet
The Music Network
Anthony Callea’s first release in four years, Oh Oh Oh Oh is a vast difference from what you’d expect. It’s a high energy synth-driven club track which he wrote with Black Eyed Peas collaborator DJ Poet. “We wrote it in three hours,” Callea remembers. “I went to his house in Los Angeles and we threw ideas around, and within 30 minutes I knew we were onto something special.”
That it was something totally different to what he’d done before was something that appealed to Callea. Poet co-produced the track with Khaled. The vocal was recorded with Callea seated on a couch holding on to a cup of coffee. Poet told him that was how the Peas’ Fergie recorded many of the Peas songs. “At least I have something in common with her!” Callea chuckles.
For the past two years, Callea wandered the world working with big name writers and producers — whom he personally chased up and emailed to. They had no idea of his past, and he had his “fingers crossed they wouldn’t Google and find out”. As a result, he has 40 or 50 songs stockpiled for an album. Last year he parted from Sony, and decided to release his new music through his production company Vox.
“All things happen for a reason. I don’t have any regrets about what’s happened in the past, it was a way to grow new skin.”
Posted 30 September 2011 - 05:26 AM
Callea's Club Makeover
Southern Star Observer
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" Callea's new single, Oh Oh Oh Oh, is a dancefloor stormer, co-written and produced by DJ Poet"
Posted 10 October 2011 - 01:01 PM
INTERVIEW : Anthony Callea
It's hard to believe that it's coming up on seven years since Anthony Callea dropped the fastest selling single in Australian chart history - the all-conquering 'The Prayer'. Equally hard to believe is the fact that it's been almost four years since we've heard so much as a skerrick of new music from the former Idol star.
But Anthony's back - armed with a new sense of independence and a collection of new recordings, some of which will form the tracklist for his forthcoming album.
We caught up with the singer after his break from the music biz ("I just wanted to go away, not sing, not talk to anyone and just chill.") and discovered what's taken him so long to furnish us with new Callea tunes.
"There have been a few things going on," Anthony tells us. "But I’ve spent the past two years just going back and forth to L.A. I think I’ve been about four or five times. It’s been great because I really wanted to hone in on the songwriting, get back into the studio and have no restrictions," he says.
Anthony's enjoying plenty of creative freedom since he parted ways with Sony Music a few years back after his last album project 'A New Chapter'. But he quickly discovered that there's much more to being an independent artist than enjoying the benefits of creative freedom. There's also a hell of a lot of hard work involved.
"I swallowed my pride for the first time, because when you're with a record company, the A&R department is setting up all the songwriting and recording sessions. Everything’s done for you from even the tiniest things - like we have to book that accommodation, we have to book those flights. Basically I’m my own travel agent now. And of course, I've got a team working with me, but it’s my team.
"I went over to L.A. the first time and I sat at my computer and thought ‘who do I like? What music am I singing? Who am I listening to? Who am I digging in terms of production?’ and I simply sent them emails. At the end of the day they can only say ‘no’. Or they don’t get back to you.
"But I got quite a few responses and to be able to walk into a room and for them to have no preconceptions of what you’ve done beforehand and no restrictions in terms of creatives, it’s refreshing," he says.
Although Anthony does admit that being cut free from the relative safety bubble of that record company contract after such success was a daunting prospect.
"I suppose you’re just on your own all of a sudden, which can be scary," he tells us. "It’s like a relationship – when you’ve been in a relationship for a while and all of a sudden you’re on your own, it’s different."
Just to clarify, Anthony IS definitely still in a relationship.
"Yeah, I’m not talking about THAT one," he laughs. "It’s a different frame of mind that you have to get yourself into. But it’s a positive one and I’m happy at the moment. Obviously it’s always scary, but it’s good."
Anthony's new single 'Oh Oh Oh Oh' is released to digital retail this Friday. It marks a departure in style from his previous outings and sees him heading straight for the dancefloor. He explains the reasons behind the switch from ballads to dance/pop.
"That’s what I first started recording when I was 16," he admits. I remember being in a studio in South Melbourne. All those first demos and writing sessions that I did were dance/pop tracks."
"It’s music that I’ve always loved and I suppose that at this point in time, this is where I am musically. Like anyone with any job, hopefully there’s an evolvement with what you do."
We ask him if perhaps there may be the possibility of an Anthony Callea 'lost recordings' album somewhere down the track.
"No. I do have them in a little private folder on my laptop, which no-one hears," he says. "The funny thing is that one of the songs that I originally wrote as a ballad ended up on my first album. I recorded it when I was 16 and we never re-recorded the vocal."
We also probe Anthony as to whether he made a conscious decision to pop the word 'boy' ("You captivate my soul, boy") into the lyric of 'Oh Oh Oh Oh' instead of 'girl'.
"You know what? When we were writing the track, that didn’t even pop into my head," he admits. "A few people have picked it up. But you know when you make a statement you just exclaim ‘Oh boy’? That’s what I was actually thinking at the time. But I don’t care if that’s the way you want to hear it – it’s perfectly fine."
The official video for the clip is due to premiere tomorrow night. It sees Anthony and a bunch of party-goers taking over two floors of an exclusive club in Sydney and is designed to show a less serious side to the singer.
"It's just a fun clip," Anthony says. "Every video that I’ve done in the past has been very serious and very straight to camera and very rehearsed, so I just wanted to have fun with this one. Let’s not be too serious about it – listen to the track – let’s not over-complicate it. At the end of the day, especially in this country, we don’t have the budget of a Lady Gaga video, so don’t expect a Lady Gaga video! I did have a few Coke cans that day, but I decided against it," he laughs.
Anthony co-wrote the 'Oh Oh Oh Oh' with DJ Poet, who's most famous for his work with the Black Eyed Peas, and he's gone on the record a number of times over the past few weeks describing the producer as 'loopy'.
"He IS loopy!" Anthony exclaims. "In a good way. I so mean it in the most positive way, because musically he’s a genius. I remember walking out of that session feeling mentally drained because he just doesn’t stop.
"I like to sit back and take things in and get my thoughts about something and then attack it, but he’s completely the opposite 24/7. It was really inspiring to work like that. Over there, it’s all about the music – and especially when certain writers and producers get major cuts with internationals. They’re not doing it because they need to, they’re doing it because they want to – and it makes such a big difference."
Poet isn't the only producer Anthony's been working with to craft his new album. There are more big names, both in the US and here at home, who've joined him on his latest musical venture.
"I’ve worked with Paul Mac, the DNA boys and I’ve worked with Jaakko who’s from Finland who did all the Bomfunk MC's stuff. And Matt Morris who wrote ‘Figher’ for Christina (Aguilera) and who works quite heavily with Justin Timberlake," he says.
"I was so scared the first day that I knew that I was going in to work with Paul Mac because obviously I knew what he’d done and I didn’t think that he’d want to work with me," he admits. "I walked in there thinking ‘don’t fuck it up, don’t fuck it up. Just be cool ‘cause he’s really cool and I’m so not cool’. And out of everyone that I’ve worked with, he was the loveliest, most encouraging person to work with. I wrote three tracks with him.
"Then Matt Morris, again I looked up what he’d done and I thought ‘I can’t work with this guy’. He’s an amazing singer as well and as a singer you don’t get to work with many people that are singers too, so he actually got it. He understood it from a male vocal perspective as well. I said to him ‘I need to come to Denver and write with you again – or you need to come back to Australia – I’ll just put you in my suitcase'."
We wonder how Anthony would go about explaining that kind of concealment on 'Border Security'.
"I also did some work with this DJ in L.A. called ‘Baron Von Luxxury’. He was very, very cool to work with. The sounds that he was pulling and the way that he produces tracks was just ridiculous. He was asking whether I liked what he was doing and I said, ‘I fucking love it all – just keep doing what you’re doing. I’ll just sit here and have my coffee and when you’re ready for me to write the top line, I’ll do it’."
Anthony admits to having "forty to fifty" songs to choose from for his new album, but he says that his dedicated legion of fans will need to wait just a little while longer for the long player to surface.
"Obviously I’m leading towards an album," he says. "I’ve got the second single up my sleeve hopefully ready to go. What I would like to do ideally is release a second single early next year and then put an album out in the first half. Obviously when you’re doing it independently, you have to think about things a little more strategically."
His fans will also be heartened by the upcoming announcement of some live shows, which Anthony clearly gets excited about.
"I love live performances!" he beams. "You can only coop me up in a studio for so long! I’m all about live performances and we’re locking some in at the moment. The more of them, the better," he says.
Looking back on Anthony's already amazing career, it's extraordinary to think how much he's accomplished in his almost 29 years - not just through the Australian Idol competition, but through various stage shows, support roles for visiting artists, Channel 7's 'It Takes Two' and countless industry and fan-voted awards.
On reflection, especially on the last seven years since his second place result in Idol, Anthony says there is nothing he would have done differently.
"Obviously if I did it now eight years down the track, I'd know better. You evolve and you learn things. Hopefully you learn things in eight years. Idol was overwhelming at the time. It was the biggest series ever – over three million people voted.
"I remember walking down that red carpet at the Opera House for the finale and it was a complete head fuck. I literally wondered what was going on. It was ridiculous, but I wouldn’t change it for the world."
Anthony's single 'Oh Oh Oh Oh' hits digital retail this Friday (including a global release on iTunes).
His new album is due in the first half of 2012.
Posted 10 October 2011 - 01:03 PM
Stars Align for Kids’ Choice Awards
By David Knox
There’s still no word on the ARIA Awards, but tomorrow the 2011 Australian Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards will show them how it’s done with a solid line-up of guests set to walk the Orange Carpet.
Camp Orange hosts Luke & Wyatt will be hosting the Orange Carpet Show to feature the X Factor judges and finalists, Charlotte Dawson and Australia’s Next Top Model finalists, Anthony Callea, Danny Clayton, Billy Russell, Jane Gazzo, Melissa Doyle, Samantha Armytage, Jay Laga’aia, Steve Peacocke, Lincoln Lewis, Rhiannon Fish, Felix Dean, Amanda Keller, Lizzy Lovett, James Tobin, Penne Dennison, Ben Britton, Tori Bailey, Alicia Banit, Camp Orange: Wrong Town kids, Jordana Beatty, Tiffany Espensen and more.
The musical line-up will feature Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Stan Walker, Jack Vidgen, Justice Crew, Timomatic and teen-fave Cody Simpson.
Added appearing are Cosentino, WWE Superstar CM Punk, Samara Weaving, Rebecca Breeds, David Jones, Roberts and Luke Mitchell, Matt Preston, Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll, Luke Jacobz, Bindi and Robert Irwin, Samantha Harris, MTV’s Erin McNaught, Nathan Jolliffe and Tyler Atkins, Daniel MacPherson, Commando, Josh Thomas and Ellyse Perry.
It will be hosted by US actors Jenette McCurdy and Nathan Kress from iCarly.
Nickelodeon airs the KCAs from 7pm Friday night.
Posted 10 October 2011 - 01:07 PM
ANTHONY CONFIRMS LIVE SHOWS
With the video for his brand new single 'Oh Oh Oh Oh' premiering last night and the single hitting digital retail today, Anthony Callea has confirmed what he told us in our INTERVIEW this week - that you couldn't keep him cooped up in the studio for too long and that live shows would be confirmed soon.
Sure as eggs, his publicists have this afternoon confirmed five Anthony live dates - two in Sydney and one each in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.
The live festivities all kick off tonight at The Piano Room in Kings Cross, with a performance at ARC in Taylor Square tomorrow night before heading to Adelaide mid-week. Shows in Melbourne and Brisbane will follow next month.
October 07 : Sydney (The Piano Room)
October 08 : Sydney (ARQ Nightclub)
October 12 : Adelaide (HQ)
November 05 : Melbourne (CO. Nightclub)
November 13 : Brisbane (Family)
Posted 10 October 2011 - 01:09 PM
Anthony Callea's Oh Oh Oh Oh.
ANTHONY CALLEA’S BRAND NEW SINGLE ‘OH OH OH OH’ RELEASED TODAY!!
Anthony Callea is bringing dance floors alive with his new single Oh Oh Oh Oh!
Oh Oh Oh Oh is co-written and produced by DJ Poet, who is best known for his work with The Black Eyed Peas and is available on iTunes and Bigpond today!
Radio stations and clubs around the country are spinning the track and fans and listeners can’t get enough!! Anthony will be performing Oh Oh Oh Oh live around the country over the next few months...fans can check out www.anthonycallea.com for all the latest updates of where to catch him.
Oh Oh Oh Oh showcases Anthony’s evolution as a music artist. Part electro, part retro, it’s fun and a little bit cheeky, with a killer hook that’ll stay in your head for days. An energy lifting celebration, think thumping summer dance floors and irresistible beats that get your heart racing. A lively mix of electronic drum beats, synth sounds, and a disco build of electrifying strings, Oh Oh Oh Oh delivers heavy bass and horns into a chorus that gets you on your feet. “I’m in the moment,” Anthony sings.
Oh Oh Oh Oh is the first taste of what’s to come from Anthony Callea, just leave your preconceptions at the door.
CLICK ON THE OFFICIAL VIDEO BELOW
Anthony Callea - Oh Oh Oh Oh
WRITERS: Anthony Callea, Jamie Munson aka DJ Poet, Khaled, Divy Pota
PRODUCED BY: Jamie Munson aka DJ Poet And Khaled
MIXED BY: Miles Walker
MASTERED BY: Tom Coyne at Sterling Sound New York
UPCOMING LIVE PERFORMANCES
Friday 7th October – The Piano Room – Kings Cross
Saturday 8th October - ARC Nightclub – Taylor Square
Wednesday 12th October – HQ– North Terrace
Saturday 5th November - CO. Nightclub - Crown Entertainment Complex
Sunday 13th November – Family – Fortitude Valley
OH OH OH OH AVAILABLE NOW
Posted 10 October 2011 - 01:12 PM
Out In Perth
You’d think Anthony Callea would be used to the limelight by now but the 28 year-old admits he’s not the most confident person when it comes to shooting a video clip.
‘Oh my God, I’m so self-conscious when it comes to things like that,’ said Callea.
‘As much as we had fun recording it… it’s just really hard making love to the camera for eight hours really,’ he laughed.
The video clip in question is his new dance-pop single out this month, Oh Oh Oh Oh. The single is the first we’ve heard from Callea since his 2007 single, Addicted to You. Callea has been busy working in Los Angeles on his new album due out next year.
‘I didn’t put any pressures or restrictions or barriers on me creatively and I just wanted to take it as it came.’
‘There were so many nights that we went out with people and just had a great night when we went out to a club and I wanted to bring that feeling and that vibe into this track.’
DJ Poet, renowned for his involvement with the Black Eyed Peas and having worked closely with Will.I.Am, helped Callea put together the single in LA.
‘What better person to create some sort of track in terms of a dance pop track than Poet? I remember walking into that studio and in the first 30 minutes, I knew we were onto something and we just clicked.
‘He’s totally loopy but I say that in the nicest way possible, you know you have to be somewhat loopy to work in the music industry in LA and [be] part of the Black Eyed Peas.’
The Melbourne-born artist hailed the DJ as a ‘musical genius’. The pair wrote Oh Oh Oh Oh together in three hours and recorded most of it there and then. Callea found his time in LA far more relaxed than ever before. He recalled sitting in the studio with a coffee in hand and recording vocals when his dad commented that Fergie, the Black Eyed Peas lead, had recorded some of her vocals on the same lounge.
‘If she’s done it, it’s good enough for me,’ he said at the time.
Since taking out the runner-up of Australian Idol in 2004, Callea has been supporting well known artists like Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Diana Ross and Westlife on tour. He also starred in the first run of the Wicked in Australia as the lovable munchkin, Boq.
‘For me it was a completely different experience doing live theatre, you know, going out on stage and not being me and not doing my songs and not having my band and sticking to a script, it’s a completely different frame of mind.’
‘It was a great learning curve for me and it taught me a lot of discipline. Eight shows a week doing the exactly same thing and keeping it fresh, eight times a week is a challenge.’
Callea hasn’t forgotten his links to the gay community here in Australia, though – he recently performed his new single at the Homosexual White Party in Sydney along with British pop star Sophie Ellis Bextor.
‘It went off and it was great for me, you can spend so much time in the studio but I have to get out there and perform live…’
The 28 year-old was a little coy about the line in his new single, ‘You captivate my soul, boy,’ but said the line could be taken anyway.
‘Well I suppose you can take it two ways – you know, I’ve got nothing to hide and that’s what I would naturally say and as a songwriter, I’m just putting my words into songs…’ he said.
‘You can take it anyway you want really.’
As for his relationship with Australian television and stage actor, Tim Campbell, Callea said the couple wanted to keep it as a normal one.
‘We’re very honest about our relationship but it’s our relationship, no one else’s relationship and you know, that’s somewhat how we’d like to keep it.’
‘There’s no reason to throw it in people’s faces and at the end of the day, I do my job and he does his job. Like any relationship, when you get home at night you clock off and sit on the couch and have a glass of wine and just talk shit.’
‘We like to keep it a normal relationship, I suppose.’
For the rest of the year, Callea will be busy promoting the single while heading towards releasing his third album next year. Callea appears to have gone all-out for the album, enlisting help from American songwriter Matt Morris. Morris has worked with artists like Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake, having written Aguilera’s Fighter and tracks for JT.
‘I’ve always been a fan of dance-pop music and that’s something I listen to constantly, that was what I was surrounded by for the past two years and it really influenced my writing and my recording.’
‘The last two years I’ve done a lot of listening to people and listening to myself and being a fan of music again and putting that into my music.’
Anthony Callea’s latest single is Oh Oh Oh Oh and is out now on iTunes.
Photograph by Peter Brew-Bevan
Posted 11 October 2011 - 04:57 AM
Anthony Callea Goes His Own Way
Ross Purdie, National Entertainment Writer,AAP
Recording songs while lazing by an American swimming pool is the new reality for Anthony Callea.
The pop singer has been in and out of Los Angeles working with a crack team of producers to revive his music career.
For someone used to coming second - runner up in the 2004 Australian Idol and the second biggest selling single of the decade with The Prayer - Callea is putting himself first.
Dropped by his former label Sony, the 28-year-old plans to release his as-yet-untitled third album independently.
A taste of his new sound can be found on his new dance pop single Oh Oh Oh Oh.
The song was co-written by DJ Poet, best known for his work with The Black Eyed Peas, and signals a departure from the ballads for which Callea is known.
Spending time in the US has given the Melbourne-born musician a blank canvas to work from.
"It's been refreshing to walk into a room where there are no preconceptions of what you are about or what you've done before," he explains.
"It's all about what happens there and then in the studio which can be scary because it's like a first audition again.
"But when you find a writer or a producer that you click with it's amazing."
Callea claims to have clicked with several.
While DJ Poet taught him the value of "no rules, no restrictions", producer Yaakko encouraged recording from the side of a swimming pool to capture a summery vibe.
The fresh approach has proven much more inspiring than working with Australian producers.
"That just wouldn't happen at home," Callea said.
"When you work with people in this country you can get through them in two or three weeks.
"We're such a small industry that everyone's looking for that next cut because everyone needs to put food on the table.
"But when someone's had success in the States and Europe, where a top 10 hit there is a lot different to a top 10 hit here, they're doing it because they enjoy music.
"A lot of them don't have the whole 'we've got to make money' mentality."
An exception to the rule has been producer Paul Mac who Callea employed to work on three new tracks in Sydney.
Despite missing the six-figure marketing budget of a major record label Callea is happy working with a small promotions team.
"It's very different to doing it without a label but the business mould has changed so much over the last few years and continues to do so," he says.
"Hopefully if you let the music do the talking and leave out the bells and whistles it speaks for itself."
Callea came out as gay in 2007 and has since played several pride festivals including a recent event in Stockholm.
But he doesn't want to be pigeonholed as a gay icon.
"I just want to be me and you hope the music you make relates to everyone," he says.
"I don't write it specifically for a certain demographic at all."
Callea realises the stigma attached to finding fame from reality TV but has no regrets about the path he's taken.
The rollercoaster ride from Australian Idol offered a steep learning curve on the triumphs and pitfalls of the music industry.
"It's been eight years since Idol so hopefully I've learnt a bit.
"Because I've done it at my own pace this time round I'm a lot more relaxed and not second guessing myself.
"I've taken time to make sure that I'm happy with it and it's me."
The single Oh Oh Oh Oh is out now.
Posted 12 October 2011 - 05:43 AM
Oh Oh, It’s Anthony
Star News Group, Williamstown, Altona, Laverton
By XAVIER SMERDON
Wyndham’s Anthony Callea has just released his latest single.
ARGUABLY the biggest name in the music industry to ever come out of Wyndham, Anthony Callea still lives locally but is in the middle of releasing his newest single which he promises will change the way people think of him.
Anthony Callea first rose to fame as the runner-up of the second season of the television singing competition Australian Idol.
Since then he has released a number of singles and albums, including Australia’s fastest and highest selling single of all time.
His latest single however is completely different to some of the ballads he has released in the past.
Entitled “Oh Oh Oh Oh”, it is a fast tempo dance pop song which Anthony told Star was the culmination of where he was at in his life now.
“It’s been eight years since I released my first single and for the last two years I’ve based myself in LA,” Anthony said.
“I guess just being surrounded by a new environment and new people has made my music evolve along the way and I was just able to walk into the recording studio without any restrictions.”
Anthony wrote his latest single with DJ Poet, best known for writing some of the biggest hits for the Black Eyed Peas.
But despite all his success the tireless performer said Wyndham was still home for him and his partner Tim Campbell.
“I’ve lived all over the place and I just decided that I wanted some space,” he said.
“Everything’s great in my life right now and I couldn’t be happier,” he said.
Oh Oh Oh Oh was released earlier this week. For more information visit www.anthonycallea.com.au
Posted 12 October 2011 - 05:47 AM
Anthony Callea to Oh Oh Oh Oh at HQ
The Advertiser, Adelaide
Singer Anthony Callea. Picture: Manuela Cifra
AUSTRALIAN Idol star Anthony Callea is on the road again.
He's performing his new track imaginatively titled Oh Oh Oh Oh at HQ nightclub on Thursday night.
"It's a fun, anthemic dance track and (I) wanted to capture the feeling of when you go out and have fun," he says.
"At the time I wrote it, I was in LA and having a great time and that made me feel `Oh Oh Oh Oh'."
Anthony, whose boyfriend is singer Tim Campbell, has previously spoken out about legalising gay marriage and welcomes Premier Mike Rann's pro-gay marriage announcement this week.
"It's great to hear that our politicians are starting to understand that everybody is equal," Anthony says.
"Everybody deserves to have the same choices in life."
When taking time out from a busy schedule, Anthony says he loves listening to "all types of music from Guetta to Adele and everything in between".
Oh Oh Oh Oh is available on iTunes.
Posted 13 October 2011 - 05:51 AM
With thanks Anthem
Anthony Callea in Brisbane as Part of National Tour to Plug Oh Oh Oh Oh, First Single from New Album
OH OH OH OH: Singer Anthony Callea. Source: Supplied
Articles from the Hit liftout in the print edition of The Courier-Mail
ANTHONY Callea loved Brisbane's balmy weather so much yesterday he is going to make his next visit a longer one.
The Australian Idol graduate was in town yesterday as part of a whirlwind national tour to plug Oh Oh Oh Oh, the first single from his forthcoming album, which signals a departure from the ballads he was known for.
"You hope over eight years that you evolve not only as a person but also musically," he told Confidential.
"I am having fun with it and at the time I was having fun in LA."
The single is a small taste of what is to come from the album Callea plans to bring out next year, and he hopes the song is the perfect summer party anthem for his fans.
"Hopefully, when they download it and play it at the weekends they will feel how I was feeling at the time," he said.
Oh Oh Oh Oh is available for download on iTunes.
Find out more about Anthony Callea's new music career inside today's Hit liftout in the print edition of The Courier-Mail.
Posted 17 October 2011 - 05:48 AM
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Inside Story with Anthony Callea
Herald Sun, Home Magazine
Anthony Callea says his piano is great for late night sing-a-longs. Picture: Mark Taylor Herald Sun
SINGER Anthony Callea on how to make the perfect roast chicken plus why his jelly-bean machine runs low every few days.
Award-winning singer and songwriter. Anthony’s latest single, Oh Oh Oh Oh, is now available for download from iTunes
In Melbourne with partner (actor/singer) Tim Campbell, dog Oscar and two fish.
>Typical Saturday morning
A sleep-in, walking to the local cafe, ordering coffee and breakfast, and reading the papers.
>Your idea of luxury at home
A few really nice bottles of wine, the kind you would normally only have if you went to a restaurant.
I’m not the best cook. Still, I do make a nice roast chicken, along with my signature peas. It’s my mum’s recipe, but I’ve added a few things to it.
I won this ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) award for The Prayer (the highest-selling single in Australia in 2005). As a kid I always watched the ARIAs and thought it would be great to go. That was all I wanted. So it was very cool to actually walk away with one. It’s very heavy. I know because I dropped it on my foot once. I’ve won a few awards and it’s great to get these things as an acknowledgement of what I do – but the ARIA is the pinnacle of all of them.
2. Jelly-bean machine
A friend brought this for me from Italy. It’s quite large and it’s a really nice one. Whenever I fill it up, it only lasts about two days and then I’m left with a jar of black jelly beans, because I hate black jelly beans. And I’m on edge from all the sugar.
I love a good yoyo and I found this Coca-Cola one in a vintage store. I like to think I am pretty good with the yoyo but sometimes I hit myself in the face with it, especially when trying to do the ‘around the world’ trick. There was a stage at school when it was a really big craze. I was totally obsessed. Even now, I take it to gigs with me and when I have time to waste backstage, I play with my yoyo.
When I bought this piano, I intended to write songs and learn to play it really well. Really, though, it’s just great for massive alcohol-induced sing-a-long nights. They usually start about 11pm and we go through all the classics. Our poor neighbours! My mum sent me to piano lessons growing up but I was really slack and never practised. I just wanted to sing. Do I play any other instruments? Well, I can hit a good tambourine.
We think Oscar is a labrador-cross-kelpie. We had just moved into our new home and went shopping for furniture and lamps one day and instead came home with a dog. We had decided to stop at the RSPCA on our way home, just for fun, and we ended up playing with Oscar for an hour. We just had to bring him home after that. He is the most beautiful dog. He was found at five weeks of age with barbed wire around him and his tail chopped off. And yet he’s a placid and fun dog. Tim is really good with him; he’s like Cesar Millan, the dog whisperer.
Posted 17 October 2011 - 05:52 AM
Anthony Callea Has Oh So Much Fun
Sunday Mail (SA)
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Singer Anthony Callea in Adelaide. Picture: Jo-Anna Robinson
AUSTRALIAN Idol graduate Anthony Callea was in Adelaide this week on the promo trail for his latest single "Oh Oh Oh Oh"
He performed the first single from his forthcoming album in front of a packed house at HQ on Wednesday night.
The song is a thumping "dancefloor anthem" which sees Anthony leaves behind his pop/opera days of singing The Prayer.
The single is a small taste of what is to come from the album Callea plans to bring out next year.
"It's a fun, anthemic dance track and (I) wanted to capture the feeling of when you go out and have fun," he says.
"At the time I wrote it, I was in LA and having a great time and that made me feel 'Oh Oh Oh Oh'."
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