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Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:42 AM
Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight
Anthony Callea has performed three times at Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight.
One of the most popular singers in Australia, Anthony first came to prominence in the 2004 series of Australian Idol. He currently holds the record for the highest-selling single and fastest-selling single in Australia for his debut single, The Prayer, which featured on his self-titled, multi-platinum debut album.
His new album, A New Chapter introduces the world to his writing talents � Anthony co-wrote all but one of the 15 tracks. But he will not be disappointed if his new work doesn�t break records. �Just believing in what you�re doing and being true to yourself in what you�re delivering, that equally classifies as success,� he says.
Anthony has sung the national anthem at many major events, including the Rugby League Tri-Nations Game and the Australian Grand Prix. He has also performed at the Royal Gala for Princess Mary and Prince Frederick of Denmark, and for Queen Elizabeth II.
2006 was Anthony�s third appearance at Vision Australia�s Carols by Candlelight�.
Lorin Nicholson (right) performs with Anthony Callea.
An immensely talented musician, Lorin, who is blind, fell in love with the guitar as a teen, learning classical, rock, blues, country and jazz styles. On leaving school he became a remedial therapist and at the height of his career worked on Olympic athletes. Now a motivational speaker, he shows people � particularly school children � that you can overcome any challenge.
Following the success of his first CD, Unwind, Lorin released Summer Rain. His latest CD, Only You, contains new arrangements of pop classics and his own songs. Last year Lorin was a finalist in the Australian Country Music Golden Guitar Awards instrumental section for his song Summer Rain. He has extensively toured Australia and the USA.
Posted 21 July 2010 - 12:49 PM
Small Review Of Addicted To You
Sydney Daily Telegraph -Sydney Live Liftout
by Kathy Mc Cabe
|ADDICTED TO YOU , ANTHONY CALLEA|
Callea heads into Nollsy's Modern Rock Territory with this Big Song which might even win him some Rob Thomas fans - reviewer Kathy McCabe....
Posted 21 July 2010 - 12:54 PM
60 Seconds With...Anthony Callea
Disney Girl Magazine
From meeting Kelly Clarkson to singing for the Queen, it's all part of being an idol...
DG:Tell us about your latest album, A New Chapter
A:"It has ballads, which are one of my main strengths. But I wanted to have fun with it, so there are funk/pop/rock tracks, too"
DG: Have any celebs made you feel really star-struck?
A:"My sister is a big fan of Kelly Clarkson so I organised some tickets and we got to meet her. I was so excited to get a photo with her. I felt silly, but it's good to be inspired by others. She's amazing.
DG: Have you ever sung for anyone super-important?
A: "I've performed for people like Queen Elizabeth, Princess Mary and Prince Frederik, and Pavarotti. It can be scary, but to be able to have the oppurtunity to meet and perform for them, I still have to pinch myself. I'm really lucky.
DG: Do you get recognised a lot when you're out in public?
A: "You get days where it's totally full-on and days where no one recognises you at all. The days when everyone recognises you are usually the ones where you look and feel terrible."
Posted 26 November 2010 - 01:19 PM
Sign Language Learnt at School
People fluent in the Australian deaf community's language, Auslan, will recognise the sign for `bright' in the above
picture, made during a performance of Jingle Bell Rock by the school's Signing Choir.
Teacher Kym Hopkins said the Signing Choir had been a feature of the school for a number of years and reflected its commitment to deaf learning.
"The children translate the songs into signed English or Auslan so deaf or hard of hearing people can understand," she said.
The children were blown away when asked to perform on stage with Anthony Callea at Thuringowa's Carols by Candlelight last week.
"They were so excited shaking his hand and getting to meet him," Ms Hopkins said.
The children had spent many hours practising Jingle Bell Rock in the lead-up to the concert.
"We were told at the 11th hour that what we were practising was not the version that Anthony Callea intended to sing," Ms Hopkins said.
"We both had to accommodate each other on the night but it worked out very well.
"He was very obliging."
Ms Hopkins said Vincent State School would teach regular Auslan classes from next year.
"Auslan is the language of the deaf community in Australia," she said. Children from Prep to Year 3 will start with a modified program, learning how to finger spell and use `sight words.'
"The kids learn, say, the 100 most common words in books that you read every day," Ms Hopkins said.
"They learn to read the pattern of the word in the text rather than the sound, so they don't have to work so hard on decoding the word."
She said, as part of Education Queensland's Auslan program, 10 teachers from Townsville had received training in the language from Griffith University.
"It's a very new program and we'll be needing a lot of support from the deaf community in Townsville," she said.
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