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Posted 02 August 2011 - 08:45 AM

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Dueting it for the Kids Charity Concert
7.00pm Monday 22nd August 2011
State Theatre
49 Market Street
SYDNEY, NSW 2000


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Over 40 Stars of the Australian music industry to shine in aid of The Australian Children’s Music Foundation. The event is organised by Don Spencer who is Daniell Spencers father Russell Crowes wife).

See the full list of artists here.

7.00pm Monday 22nd August 2011
State Theatre
49 Market Street
SYDNEY, NSW 2000

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DUETING IT FOR THE KIDS
State Theatre, Sydney

Stars of the Australian music industry to shine in aid of The Australian Children’s Music Foundation

Dueting it for the Kids is a unique concert unlike anything else staged in Australia. This event brings together the cream of the recording and concert industry – both legends and newcomers – in a concert of duets with proceeds going to The Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF).

The concert is being held at the State Theatre on Monday 22nd August. The line-up is phenomenal with performances from artists including Marina Prior, John Waters, Caroline O’Connor, Jessica Mauboy, Lee Kernaghan, Diesel, Antoinette Halloran, Catherine Britt, Danielle Spencer, Dave Faulkner, Debra Byrne, Doug Parkinson, Leo Sayer, Murray Cook, Peter Northcote, Ross Wilson, Steve Balbi, Don Spencer, Steve Kilbey, Tim Freedman, Wendy Matthews, Glenn Shorrock and more to be announced. The MC’s for this extravaganza will be Adam Spencer and James Valentine from 702 ABC Sydney.

All funds raised at this event go towards music programs that the ACMF run for disadvantaged and Indigenous youth across Australia. The Foundation was established in 2002 by Don Spencer OAM in response to the fact that over 75% of public schools in Australia no longer have a specialty music teacher. “Each week, our incredible teachers provide music education for children who, in many cases, have suffered severe physical and emotional abuse almost impossible to comprehend. Through music we bring joy, enhance imagination and creativity and give these children the chance to dream”.

Tickets are $120 A reserve/$99 B reserve (transaction fees may apply). To book tickets, please go to www.ticketmaster.com.au or phone 136 100.

For more information about the ACMF, please visit www.acmf.com.au


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Posted 02 August 2011 - 08:49 AM

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Damien Leith, Deni Hines, Jon Stevens Join DUETING IT FOR THE KIDS
BroadwayWorld.com
1-8-2011


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Dueting it for the Kids will be a night full of surprises with a massive roster of artists collaborating for one night only at Sydney's State Theatre on Monday 22 August.

Many of Australia's greatest will be paired-off to recreate rock anthems and pop hits as duets, all to help the Australian Children's Music Foundation (ACMF) continue its important work with disadvantaged young Australians.

More iconic vocalists have just signed on to a huge line-up of stars already announced for the 2011 show including Deni Hines, Jon Stevens and 17 year-old Australia's Got Talent sensation Liam Burrows.

Damien Leith will take to the stage with opera diva Antoinette Halloran for a haunting duet arrangement of the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah and Liam Burrows will team with seasoned crooner Tom Burlinson to sing the Rat Pack favourite Lady is a Tramp.

Wendy Matthews will sing Stop Draggin My Heart Around with The Church front man Steve Kilbey, while rock legends Dave Gleeson of Screaming Jets fame and Angry Anderson will raise the roof with Thin Lizzy's Boys Are Back in Town.

Other artists in the phenomenal line-up include Anthony Callea, Michael Cormick, Susie Ahern, Michael, Carr, Marina Prior, Diesel, John Waters, Caroline O'Connor, Lee Kernaghan, Catherine Britt, Danielle Spencer, Dave Faulkner, Debra Byrne, Doug Parkinson, Leo Sayer, MurRay Cook, Peter Northcote, Ross Wilson, Steve Balbi, Don Spencer, Tim Freedman, Paulini, and Glenn Shorrock.
The MC's for this extravaganza will be Adam Spencer and James Valentine from 702 ABC Sydney.
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Posted 10 August 2011 - 11:11 AM

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South Street Launches Exhibition of the Past 120 Years
The Courier
BY FIONA HENDERSON
9-8-2011


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WHAT do Australian Idol runner-up Anthony Callea, TV personalities Denise Drysdale and Patti Newton, Choir of Hard Knocks director Doctor Jonathon Welch and even Cardinal George Pell have in common?
They’ve all performed at the Royal South Street Society eisteddfod.

A “Pride in Performance” exhibition of the past 120 years of the competition – which began as a debating contest in 1879 – was launched at the Gold Museum yesterday by Dr Welch, who was a Herald Sun Aria finalist in 1984.

“This eisteddfod has been a wonderful springboard for so many musicians, singers, actors and performers in Australia,” Dr Welch said.

“South Street is so professionally run and maintained to the highest standards so it attracts the highest competitors too.

“It gave me an opportunity to work on a professional stage under the highest performance conditions.”

Gold Museum manager/curator Roger Trudgeon said the museum worked with community groups to highlight their activities and achievements.

“South Street started in a modest way but very rapidly became a huge part of the social fabric of Ballarat,” he said.

The exhibition runs until January 29 next year.
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 07:45 AM

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Wicked says Thanks and Goodbye to OZ
Aussie Theatre.com
Written by Erin James
7-8-2011


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The smash hit musical phenomenon Wicked will take its final bow in Perth on September 11 this year, after playing to over 1.5 million Australians country-wide.

Currently playing in Perth at the Burswood Theatre, Wicked has enjoyed record breaking seasons in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane since its official Australian premiere at Melbourne's Regent Theatre more than three years ago.

The show will begin an Asian tour later in the year, with various cast changes - including a new Glinda - with names yet to be released. Jemma Rix, the current Elphaba (who was originally cast as standby) is rumoured to be continuing with the company for the Asian tour.

Tickets for the last five weeks in Perth will become available tomorrow, Monday 8th August.

Producer John Frost has said that the Wicked sensation is like nothing he has ever experienced, thanking the country for embracing the show with such alacrity.

“Wicked is a phenomenon, quite unlike any other musical, one of the most successful shows of all time. It is well over three years since we opened Wicked at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, and we weren’t sure if we’d run a week, a month or a year. But right from the beginning this show has been an overwhelming hit - Australians have taken Wicked to their hearts", he said.

This week, Wicked is set to break records for the highest ticket sales of any show in Perth's history. The show has sold over 127, 000 tickets for the Perth season, and still has five weeks left to run

"Audiences have been captivated by the soaring ballads, the spectacular sets, costumes and lighting, and been draw into the emotional richness of this beautiful story. Thank you Perth and thank you Australia for making Wicked the success it has been.”

A Brief History of Wicked in Oz

The show opened at Melbourne's Regent Theatre on Tuesday July 12, 2008 and transferred to Sydney's Capitol Theatre to begin previews on September 5 2009.

Originally starring Amanda Harrison as Elphaba, Lucy Durack as Glinda, with Rob Guest, Penny McNamee, Rob Mills, Anthony Callea, Rodney Dobson and Maggie Kirkpatrick as supporting principles, the show has had several cast changes over the 3 years it has run in Australia. Tragedy struck the company when Australian musical theatre icon Rob Guest suddenly passed away on 2 October 2008. Guest had been playing the role of The Wizard, and his partner Kellie Dickerson was the musical director of Wicked at the time. Bert Newton was brought in as Guest's replacement.

After playing in Sydney for more than 12 months, (closing on 26 September 2010) the show moved to Brisbane just prior to the devastating floods which swept through QLD and northern NSW in early 2011.

Lucy Durack told AussieTheatre.com earlier in the year about the emergency evacuation rom the QPAC building, Brisbane, hours before their first preview:

"We were in the middle of a technical rehearsal in the QPAC building, which is on the river," Durack recalls. (read full article here)

The show was postponed until the theatre was safe for cast and crew to return to work, and was eventually seen by over 155, 000 patrons in Brisbane over 10 weeks.

During the Adelaide season, the cast and crew celebrated Wicked's 1000th performance in Australia. The show played at the Festival Centre from 14 April.


Original Cast:

Elphaba - Amanda Harrison

Glinda - Lucy Durack

Nessarose - Penny McNamee

Fiyero - Rob Mills

Boq - Anthony Callea

Madame Morrible - Maggie Kirkpatrick

The Wizard - Rob Guest


Fantastical Facts:

•Wicked took more than $2.3 million in advance bookings in just 3 hours when it was launched in Melbourne in February 2008. A record for Australian musical theatre.

•Wicked broke the Melbourne box office record taking a phenomenal $1.5 million in ticket sales in just one day after it opened in $1.5 million in ticket sales in just one day after it opened in Melbourne on 12 July 2008

•Seven days after its Australian premiere, Wicked took a box office gross of $1,691,529 for the eight performance week – a Melbourne record.

•Wicked secured an economic impact of 126 million for the Victorian economy during its 13 month season in Melbourne, making it arguably the most successful musical ever staged in Melbourne.

•In October 2009 Wicked smashed the box office record at Sydney's Capitol Theatre grossing $1,473,775.70 in one week.

•On Tuesday 11 May 2010 the 1 millionth ticket to the Australian production of Wicked was purchased. Australia's population is only just over 22 million.
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 07:52 AM

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The Voice Boosts Go! Ratings
The Daily Telegraph
Holly Byrnes
10-8-2011


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IT'S one of the hottest shows on US television, now The Voice has helped Nine's digital channel Go! to record ratings.

The talent search series, starring Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green as mentors, launched to more than 500,000 viewers last night - pushing the show into OzTam's Top 30 programs for yesterday.

Averaging an audience of 347,000 nationally (and peaking at 537,000 people), the result was the highest ever digital TV only launch for Go!

Nine cross-promoted the show on its main channel, encouraging The Block viewers to make the switch in commerical breaks.

Casting for an Australian version is understood to be underway, with Vanessa Amorosi and Anthony Callea in the mix.

The format features blind auditions, with the superstar judging panel also charged with playing super coach and training their chosen singers before the public gets to vote.

Meanwhile two of the US show's stars, Levine and Aguilera, have teamed up to record a duet with Levine's band Maroon 5. The song, Move Like Jagger, was sitting at number two on the Australian iTunes chart today.
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 07:54 AM

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Callea for a Cause
Star Observer
10-8-2011


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Dueting it for the Kids
will be a night full of surprises for a good cause at the State Theatre on August 22. Performers including Anthony Callea, Deni Hines and Damien Leith will pair off to recreate rock anthems and pop hits as duets, all to help the Australian Children’s Music Foundation continue its work with disadvantaged young Australians. Tickets through Ticketmaster.
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 07:59 AM

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Show Choir Sees its Strongest Senior Class in 2011-12 — Reed
Times Online
Gregory R. Norfleet ·
10-8-2011 2011


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Flanked on each side by a couple dozen long closet-door mirrors, choreographer Audrey Henning shouts out numbers.

Those West Branch High School show choir students whose numbers were called remain standing for the “Bon Jovi number,” the big “Ta-da!” song that will wrap up the show.

“Show some attitude!” she calls out.

The mirrors help the students see how well they move in sync, as they try to look past the mix of muscle shirts, gym shorts and wildly colored ankle socks to picture themselves in the contrasting blacks and shimmering greens that will make up their costumes.

Some 54 students signed up for show choir in the 2011-12 season, accompanied by a 12-member band.

Director Chris Reed said the 39 girls and 15 boys practiced eight hours a day Thursday and Friday to get down the fundamentals of the choreography. After that, he carries it on and tries to smooth out the rough edges. The group has until the end of January — about 4 1/2 months — to get it down.

While that may seem like ample time, show choir is competing against schools with vastly larger student populations, and far more resources: Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Dubuque and a contingent from Nebraska are all Class 4A. West Branch is 2A.

During the two-month competition season, West Branch will perform a set of five songs selected to demonstrate the team’s wide-ranging talent:

• Skillet’s “Hero” (hard rock)

• E-Type’s “Eurofighter” (techno)

• Anthony Callea’s “Per Sempre” (ballad)

• Marc Anthony’s “I’ve Got You” (Latin salsa)

• Bon Jovi’s “Have A Nice Day” (rock)

Reed said the energy of the songs makes him wish he could fire off some pyrotechnics, but would not go over well in public buildings.

“We’ll have something,” he said, when asked if the group would disengage fire extinguishers like in previous years.

Show Choir lost several “strong” dancers to graduation, he said, but last year’s underclassmen stepped up to fill the void.

“This is the strongest senior class I’ve had,” he said. “And we’ve got a really good freshman class with some dance experience.”

The juniors and sophomores are also making impressive strides as well.

“I’m thanking the stars,” Reed laughed. “They’re really excited about it.”

The show choir student band this year is made up of three trumpets, three saxophones, two trombones, a bass guitar, two synthesizers and drums. There will also be a pianist, but not a student, Reed said.

Reed said practice is just that, as the final outcome is always up to the judges that day.

“Our show is much more aggressive this year,” he said. “The dancing is really intense.”

Thankfully, the director said, the students are picking it up quickly.

This year, the costumes will largely be the same as last year, though the boys will be wearing different shirts and ties. Also, the boys will have the tear-off costumes unveiling a second costume underneath, a flip from last year.
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 08:03 AM

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Anthony Callea has a New Sound and an Eye on The Voice
The Daily Telegraph
17-8-2011


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ON the eve of debuting a new album (and sound), Anthony Callea said he would be "over the moon" to come aboard as a mentor on new Channel 9 reality singing competition The Voice.

The tiny guy with the big voice - who has just returned from headlining the Stockholm Pride festival in Sweden - has spoken about speculation he is in the running for the show as he prepares to launch the material he has been working on for 18 months.

"Nothing's confirmed (and) I can't say much but it is something I would love to do," the Australian Idol alumnus told Confidential.

"I want to see Vanessa Amorosi on the show - Australia has never had a vocalist like her."

Callea, 28, is said to have segued into a more dance genre with his latest offering, which he maintains is the album he has wanted to make for a long time.

"It's been so exciting to walk into a studio without a plan and make music from scratch," he said.
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Posted 19 August 2011 - 05:03 PM

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Anthony Callea: 'I Want to be a Judge on The Voice'
Digital Spy Online
Rebecca Davies, Entertainment Reporter
19-8-2011


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Anthony Callea has revealed that he would "love" to be a judge on the Australian version of The Voice.

The 28-year-old former Australian Idol contestant, who is best known for songs such as 'The Prayer' and 'Rain', is rumoured to be in the running as a mentor on the Nine Network reality singing show when it premieres this year.

Callea told The Daily Telegraph: "Nothing's confirmed. I can't say much but it is something I would love to do."

He added: "I want to see Vanessa Amorosi on the show [too] - Australia has never had a vocalist like her."

Callea has been working on his latest album for the last 18 months and reportedly hopes to release it soon. His new material is said to be more of a dance genre than his previous work.

He said: "It's been so exciting to walk into a studio without a plan and make music from scratch."

Callea, who is in a long-term relationship with former Home and Away actor Tim Campbell, backed up Lady GaGa in July when she said that gay marriage should be legalised in Australia.

"I just think whether you want to or not, the choice should be there," he said. "It's about having the same rights as anyone else and I think it's great what New York has done. Hopefully we'll follow soon."

Callea's fellow Australian Idol alumnus Guy Sebastian became a judge on the Australian version of The X Factor earlier this year.

Watch the video for Anthony Callea's 'The Prayer' below:


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Posted 29 August 2011 - 11:56 AM

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Dueting for the Kids
The Sunday Telegraph
28-8-2011


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THE glamorous, buzzy State Theatre was an excellent choice of venue for Monday night's Dueting For The Kids - the concert, which raises funds for indigenous and disadvantaged children .

Organised by Russell Crowe's father-in-law Don Spencer for The Australian Children's Music Foundation - the night, which is in its second year, was a celebration of Australian music and a reminder of some of the great acts that this country has produced. Among them were Anthony Callea, Debra Byrne, Tom Burlinson and Diesel (Mark Lizotte) with his beautiful 17-year-old daughter, Lily.
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Posted 02 September 2011 - 02:35 PM

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Molly's Tale of two Cities
Herald Sun Confidential
31-8-2011


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Richard Wilkins Melbourne Book Launch -30.8.2011

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 02:40 PM

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Massive Turnout for Massive Wilkins
The Age
Suzanne Carbone
1-9-2011


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BEING nicknamed ''Tricky Dicky'', it was inevitable that Richard Wilkins would be likened to the male anatomy. Karl Stefanovic made sure of that with his speech at Wilkins's book launch in Sydney, saying: ''I know three things about Richard Wilkins - great bloke, big hair, massive c--k.''

The Melbourne launch of his book Black Ties, Red Carpets, Green Rooms was a more sedate affair but host Molly Meldrum didn't let the opportunity pass by, telling the Channel Nine entertainment guru: ''I have never been interested and will never be interested in what's inside your pants.''

After Stefanovic delivered his verdict on Wilkins after a long lunch, Wilkins told me: ''Karl's speech did take me by surprise. He's a naughty boy but he's become a dear friend.''

Wilkins described the massive celebrity turnout at Fog in Prahran as a cross between the Logies and the ARIAS.

There was Eddie McGuire, Tracy Grimshaw, Ann Peacock, Michael and Sue Gudinski, Ash Long, Sam Newman, Garry Van Egmond, Shane Jacobson, Anthony Callea, Shannon Noll, Daryl Braithwaite, James Reyne, Athol Guy and Keith Potger.

Before coming to Oz, Wilkins was a Kiwi rock star named Richard Wilde and footage of him with Meldrum on Countdown was played. Meldrum confirmed Stefanovic's verdict with the words: ''You were very big in New Zealand.''
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Posted 08 September 2011 - 08:50 AM

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NEW CALLEA COMETH
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Hmm. What could that be that Anthony Callea is listening to on that there iPod/iPhone? Could it possibly be a brand new track that may or may not be almost ready to see the light of day?
Could it be that Anthony's first new single in four years is now within weeks of hitting local radio stations?

Perhaps it's that the new single is a summer smash in waiting?
According to Anthony's official FACEBOOK PAGE, we're counting down the days not months until a brand new tune sees the light of day, with artwork being finalised and publicists all ready to go.

Watch this space.
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Posted 10 September 2011 - 06:34 AM

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Italian Film Festival - 2011 Festival highlights
The Age Entertainment Guide
9-9-2011


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& the Australian debut of Anthony Callea’s new single performed live.


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Posted 11 September 2011 - 08:54 AM

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Anthony Callea Breaks his Singles Drought .
Sunday Herald Sun
Luke Dennehy
11-9-2011


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ANTHONY Callea is making a comeback to music and he's doing it all on his own.

Callea will soon release his first single since Addicted To You in February 2007.

Once on the Sony BMG roster, Callea is no longer with the company and has funded the single himself.

He still holds the record for the highest selling Aussie single for The Prayer, released after he finished Australian Idol in 2004.

That could well be broken by Gotye Featuring Kimbra's big hit Somebody I Used To Know, now selling through the roof.
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Posted 16 September 2011 - 09:10 AM

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Couch Potato's Caffeine Hit
Daily Telegraph
Confidential Writers
15-9-2011



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Posted 16 September 2011 - 09:15 AM

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All Pea and Mash for Callea
Confidential reporters
Herald Sun
16-9-2011


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ANTHONY Callea shows off his moves for comeback single Oh Oh Oh Oh, which was co-written and recorded with the Black Eyed Peas' DJ Poet at his LA studio.


"He is wonderfully loopy in a creative way," Callea said of the producer.

"We wrote the track in three hours and I sat on the couch with a coffee in one hand and a mic in the other to record my vocals.

"He told me Fergie had recorded some of her vocals sitting on the couch so I thought if she could do it, I could."

Oh Oh Oh Oh is Callea's first single in four years and the boppy track is a world away from the soaring classical sound that launched his career with The Prayer.

"I have had fun in the last 18 months writing music without putting any restrictions on what kind of music it would be," he said.

Oh Oh Oh Oh hits radio on Monday and is released on iTunes next month.
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Posted 16 September 2011 - 12:59 PM

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Callea Confirmed for Homesexual
www.StarObserver.com.au - StarOnLine
16-9-2011


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Anthony Callea has been announced as one of the headline performers at Homesexual: White next month.

Part of the Big Gay Weekend line-up, it’s a return to the party for Callea who has taken to the stage at the event before.

He’ll be joined by other big name performers such as Sophie Ellis Bextor, who’s being flown in direct from the UK for the event.

Callea has been hard at work in LA putting together his latest single Oh Oh Oh Oh with DJ Poet, best known for his work with the Black Eyed Peas.

The single is released on October 7 and the pint-sized pop star will be previewing the song at Homesexual.

DJs for the event include Jayson Forbes, Alex Taylor, Adam Love, Dan Murphy, Kitty Glitter, Dom Desousa and Justin Scott.

Homesexual: White is at Home, Darling Harbour on Sunday, October 2 from 11pm-6am.

Bookings: www.inthedark.com.au/shop
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Posted 16 September 2011 - 05:07 PM

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Anthony Callea Collaborates with Black Eyed Peas DJ
DigitalSpy.com.au
Rebecca Davies, Entertainment Reporter
16-9-2011


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Anthony Callea has revealed that he recently collaborated with Black Eyed Peas DJ Poet.

The 28-year-old former Australian Idol contestant, who is currently working on his comeback single 'Oh Oh Oh Oh', said that he enjoyed co-writing and recording the song with the producer at his LA studio recently.

Callea told the Herald Sun: "He is wonderfully loopy in a creative way. We wrote the track in three hours and I sat on the couch with a coffee in one hand and a mic in the other to record my vocals.

"He told me Fergie had recorded some of her vocals sitting on the couch so I thought if she could do it, I could."

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Callea, who has not released a single in the past four years, said that he has been having lots of "fun" over the past 18 months "writing music without putting any restrictions on what kind of music it would be".

The musician recently revealed that he wants to be a judge on a rumoured Australian version of talent series The Voice, saying: "It is something I would love to do." He also revealed that he would like to see Vanessa Amarosi as a mentor on the show.

'Oh Oh Oh Oh' is scheduled for release on iTunes next month.
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Posted 19 September 2011 - 05:59 AM

Posted by Diissee

Oh, What Poetry for Anthony
Adelaide Sunday Mail
Matt Gilbertson
18-9-2011


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