Remember when news broke earlier this year of Anthony Callea releasing two albums this year – his collection of tracks that have inspired him across the past 30 years and a then unknown project?
Well Mister Callea has been playing secret squirrel with his new Christmas album, announced on his forums late last night, which will see the light of day in early November.
‘This Is Christmas’ will see Anthony’s golden pipes tackling some of your favourite Christmas classics, including ‘The First Noël’, ‘Silent Night’, ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ and one of our fave festive anthems ‘O Holy Night’.
The National Boys Choir features on two tracks, with partner Tim Campbell joining on ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ and Susie Ahern, Michelle Serret and Rod Davies (the ‘Dancing With The Stars’ singers) joining ‘Amazing Grace’.
“Christmas truly is my favourite time of the year and I can’t describe how excited I am to be releasing ‘This Is Christmas’,” the singer said in a statement. “It’s been a long time coming and to be able to create this album with John Foreman along with a talented orchestra, The National Boys Choir and with musicians who are the finest in the country, I couldn’t be more proud and overjoyed about this album. I sincerely hope this album captures the spirit and meaning of Christmas for all and will live on in many homes for Christmases to come.”
Naturally, the release of ‘This Is Christmas’ is the perfect fit, with Anthony once again set to take the stage for this year’s ‘Carol’s By Candlelight’ on Christmas eve in Melbourne.
‘This Is Christmas’ will be released on Friday November 08.
01. Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day
02. The First Noel
03. Christmas Baby, Please Come Home
04. Silent Night (ftg. Stuart Fraser on Guitar)
05. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
06. Ave Maria (ftg. The National Boys Choir)
07. Do You Hear What I Hear?
08. Mary Did You Know
09. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (ftg. Tim Campbell)
10. Amazing Grace (ftg. Susie Ahern, Michelle Serret, Rod Davies)
11. O Holy Night (ftg. The National Boys Choir)
12. Note To God