All Anthony Callea wanted was to sing. From his first memories of singing for his family, Anthony knew that he wanted to share his voice with the world.
He had a strongly held dream but was as surprised as anyone when his breakout moment (his heart-stopping rendition of The Prayer on Australian Idol) turned him into a household name overnight.
Now, in his own words, Anthony shares the joys and challenges of becoming celebrated for his voice, all while navigating the twists and turns of life.
It’s a story of a kid from the working-class western suburbs of Melbourne with a big dream and an even bigger voice, who had to finish growing up in the spotlight.
Anthony’s 20-year career has spanned stage, arena, and screen, and he now invites you backstage to share his journey. One day you are working at a suburban shopping centre as a Freddo Frog mascot, the next you are topping charts, winning awards and sharing stages with Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.
These candid, courageous and, at times, very amusing anecdotes take us beyond the slick facade of showbiz, to the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears that it takes to become one of Australia’s most enduring and beloved entertainers.
“This is my story, my words, my life.,” said Callea. “A life that I have been fortunate to live and even though at times it has been difficult and challenging to navigate, I would not change it for the world.”
“Living is precious and as I’ve gotten older, I have realised that life is truly a gift and should be celebrated. Genuine connections with people and wanting to learn and evolve is really important, along with embracing the past and the truths that come with it.”
Image: Behind The Voice (Dietro La Voce) – courtesy of Simon & Schuster