Six burning questions for Anthony Callea
1. In one of your new songs, I
Don't Care What You Say, you sing about children suffering from pressure to
conform. Are the lyrics based on personal experience?
This song means
a great deal to me and I spent a lot of time working with Paul Mac and Cindy
Ryan to ensure that it's honest and personal. Yes, it's definitely based on
personal experience and I'm sure we can all relate to it in one way or
2. Who is your best friend and why?
Tim. No one gets me and understands me like he does and I am extremely lucky to
have him in my life. We spend a lot of time together and yet we still get on and
enjoy each other's company. I hope he feels the same way, otherwise, that's
3. Where's home?
Melbourne. I love being home,
especially after I have been away for a while. Don't get me wrong, I love being
in a new place, experiencing new things and meeting new people, but it's always
good to come home to my own bed and our dog, Oscar. And, let's face it, the
4. What's the most romantic thing you've ever
Romance and I don't really work in the same sentence. Does
buying a sky jump for Tim count as romantic?
5. Your debut single, The
Prayer, was partly in Italian. Do you speak Italian?
I don't. I can
probably understand it more than I can speak it. I blame my grandparents - they
always speak to us in English and, growing up, I never needed to speak Italian
to communicate with them. We recently had relatives visit from Italy and an
iPhone translating app came in handy.
6. Where are you
There are two places. First, on stage. It's a privilege and
an adrenalin rush, even though I always get nervous. The other is away on
holidays with Tim, when we don't have to do a thing other than think of what to
have for breakfast or what cocktail to drink next. A luxury hotel, a lounge by
the pool and a drink in hand usually put a smile on my face.
Callea's new EP, Last To Go, has just been released on iTunes.
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