Thank you to all of the wonderful artists who donate their time to perform at Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight presented by AAMI in support of the event and kids who are blind or have low vision.
Carols by Candlelight presenter
Brooke Boney is TODAY’s Entertainment Presenter for the Nine Network, a role that has seen her interview many of the biggest names in the business, both globally and locally. She is a columnist for Sunday Life, has presented on the ARIA Awards and has co-hosted the popular podcast The Dream Club.
With a background in political journalism, having previously worked for National Indigenous Television (NITV), SBS and the ABC, Brooke joined the TODAY Show in 2019 after moving on from her role as Triple J’s weekday morning news presenter.
David Campbell co-hosts the Nine Network’s Today Extra alongside Sylvia Jeffreys each weekday and is seen each Christmas Eve co-hosting the iconic Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight . He also presents his own top rating, national weekend afternoon radio show on Smooth FM.
David is one of Australia’s most popular and versatile entertainers. A proven television and radio host, he also headlines theatre, cabaret and concert performances, as well as being an ARIA winning, multi-platinum recording artist. He is the recipient of multiple industry awards including Helpmann, Green Room , Sydney Theatre Critic and ARIA awards.
Ben Abraham is an award-winning L.A.-based singer/songwriter from Melbourne, Australia. His 2014 self-released debut LP Sirens earned widespread critical praise, leading to a 2016 reissue via indie label Secretly Canadian.
The Australian Girls Choir has developed a reputation for inspirational performances to audiences around the world, through national and international tours, television appearances, and thousands of public events. Founded in 1984, the AGC now has 6,000 girls in training in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
Tim Campbell is one of Australia's most versatile and much loved entertainers. On TV, he has been seen in leading roles on Home and Away, House Husbands, Big Sky, Dead Gorgeous and host of national prime time shows Celebrity Singing Bee, Wheel of Fortune, National Bingo Night and currently Channel 9’s Postcards.
Euan has been very busy lately despite the pandemic. He has already performed for the Melbourne Theatre Company in 2022 in ‘Fun Home’ as well as the Victorian Opera playing Sam Wurlitzer in ‘Happy End’.
The Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir contains 25 core members. The women (and 4 men) come from six remote communities within a thousand-kilometre radius throughout central Australia - Hermannsburg, Areyonga, Titjikala, Mutitjulu, Docker River, and Alice Springs. The choir was formed as an amalgamation of various individual
community choirs, including the renowned choirs from Ntaria (Hermannsburg), Areyonga
For over 25 years, Beccy Cole has been delighting Australian music fans with her unique brand of true entertainment. The South Australian star’s glowing warmth, husky tones, bawdy sense of humour and hundred-watt smile have helped make Beccy one of the nation’s best-loved and most celebrated artists.
After a meteoric rise to fame at the age of 16, Casey became the youngest ever winner of Australian Idol in 2004. A proud Gumbaynggir and Dungari woman, over the last eighteen years, Donovan has made her mark not only as a musician, but also in the areas of stage, screen, presenting and writing. Casey is a multi-Award winner & nominee, including an ARIA No #1 Award and Triple Platinum for ‘Listen With Your Heart’ from the Double Platinum Album ‘For You’ and Deadly Awards for Best Album, Best Single and Most Promising New Talent.
Country singer and songwriter Morgan Evans has over 610 million global career streams and is still growing. His debut US single Kiss Somebody topped the charts in Australia and the US, and Day Drunk spent 25 weeks at #1 in Australia. Evans also won an ARIA Award for Best Country Album for Things That We Drink To, his second release.
Sam Fischer is a two-time ARIA Award nominee with over a billion streams to his name. In 2020, his single This City spent five consecutive weeks at #1 on the ARIA Australian Artist singles chart. He’s also written songs for Ciara, Keith Urban, SayGrace, Jessie J, MAX and Demi Lovato, and toured with Lewis Capaldi.
Bobby Fox is an Irish born Australian actor who originated the role of Franki Valli in the Australian production of Jersey Boys which he performed over 850 times. He is a 4 times World Irish Dance Champion and toured with dance productions Riverdance, Dancing on Dangerous Ground, To Dance on the Moon and starred in the revival of Australian musical Hot Shoe Shuffle as Spring. On stage Bobby has had lead roles in Blood Brothers, Mamma Mia!, Leader of the Pack, Dusty – The Original Pop Diva, We Will Rock You, Spamalot and The Production Company’s Oklahoma, Sweet Charity and Damn Yankees.
Simon’s theatre credits include: Splinter (Griffin Theatre Company) An Ideal Husband, Hay Fever and Rupert (Melbourne Theatre Company); Southwark Fair (Royal National Theatre, London); A Little Night Music (Victorian Opera); Oklahoma!, Curtains and Chess (The Production Company); Les Misérables – West End, London (Cameron Macintosh Ltd London); Les Misérables – Australia (Cameron Macintosh Australia); Harbour and The Republic of Myopia (Sydney Theatre Company); Love Never Dies (Gustave Stage Productions); Imagine This (New London Theatre, West End); The Far Pavilions (Shaftesbury Theatre, West End); Certified Male (Edinburgh Festival); Three Sides; The Silver Lake (Wexford Festival, Ireland) and, Shoes (Sadler’s Wells).
With a career spanning over twenty years, half a million album sales, gold and platinum albums, and eight Golden Guitar awards, Adam Harvey is one of Australia’s most popular and enduring recording artists. Harvey was presented with the CMA Global Country Artist Award in 2007 and has been awarded a Centenary Medal for his charity work. Harvey is also an Ambassador for the Fred Hollows Foundation, and the McGrath Foundation.
Australian tenor and composer David Hobson is one of Australia’s best known operatic and recording artists.
He has sung many roles for Opera Australia including his award-winning performances as Rodolfo (La Boheme) and the title role in Orphee. Other roles include Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Count Almaviva (The Barber of Saville), Nadir (Pearl Fishers), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance), The Architect - in the world premiere of The Eighth Wonder, Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Aristaeus/Pluto (Orpheus in the Underworld), the title role in Candide and, Danilo in Opera Queensland’s The Merry Widow.
With “voices of the angels”, the Melbourne Gospel Choir is a much-loved part of the Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight family.
As Australia's most sought after Gospel vocal group for TV appearances and backing vocals for international artists. A bunch of the Melbourne Gospel Choir members have recently joined with the Chorus Collective Choir to tour Australia and perform around the world with Tones and I, on US shows like Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel, and the Today Show.
Distilled from a footy playing, pub singing tradie from the south east suburbs of Melbourne, the much-loved Rob Mills has built an impressive career across screen & stage over nearly 20 years. In more recent times he has developed into an accomplished presenter and subsequently an author!
Celebrated roles in musical shows like Wicked, Hairspray, GHOST, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, Chess, Puffs! and on screen in Neighbours, Winners and Losers, the Peter Allen Telemovie, Dancing With The Stars, The Masked Singer, Have You Been Paying Attention and many more. He is always delighted to be invited back on to Vision Australia Carols by Candlelight each year.
Lara Nakhle is a 24-year-old New Zealand born, Australian of Lebanese origin, who discovered her talent and passion for music at a very young age. She started playing piano from the age of two and singing followed soon after.
Lara has suffered an eye condition since birth called Leber Congenital Amaurosis which means she is totally blind but with some light perception. Since 2007 when Lara finished top 48 on The Voice Australia (then on Channel () and joined team SEAL, Lara has performed at a range of events around Sydney and throughout Australia.
Founded in 1964 by Kevin Casey, the National Boys Choir of Australia has established itself as one of Australia’s finest treble choirs.
The level of commitment and self-discipline expected of the choristers is high as they are required to attend weekly or twice weekly rehearsals and regular music workshops. This training enables the boys to present challenging repertoires with music ranging from early motets through to contemporary commissioned works and fully staged children’s operas, as well as musical comedy, art songs and folk songs from many lands.
Silvie Paladino is one of Australia’s most versatile and talented entertainers.
Her first theatrical role was Eponine in the Australasian tour of Les Misérables at the age of eighteen. She was then invited to perform the same role in the London production. In 1997, Silvie returned to London where she performed the role of Fantine in Les Miserables for a successful two-year season.
Silvie’s Australian credits include the roles of: Jeannie in Hair, Grizabella in Cats, Ellen in Miss Saigon, Donna in the smash hit Mamma Mia!, Rita in Sideshow Alley, Clara in Passion and for The Production Company: Lady Thiang in The King And I, Florence in Chess (Green Room and Helpmann Award nominations) and Jerry’s Girls.
Marina Prior is regarded as Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre. She is best known for her lead role in The Phantom of the Opera which she played for over three years. She has also performed with international stars including Richard Harris, José Carreras and international vocal group Il Divo.
Marina has played the lead role in over thirty productions including The Pirates of Penzance, Cats, Les Miserables, Die Fledermaus, Anything Goes, West Side Story, The Secret Garden, Showboat, The Merry Widow, The Witches of Eastwick, Noises Off, Harp on the Willow, Annie Get Your Gun, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Hypocrite, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Guys & Dolls, Mary Poppins, Promises Promises, The Sound of Music, Hello Dolly, Hay Fever and Dream Lover.
The Australian music scene is no stranger to Thndo (aka Thando).
The widely loved Zimbabwean-born ‘First Lady of Soul and R&B’ has commanded massive crowds at festivals, and live venues, stunning audiences to a point of standing ovation; rave reviews following in their wake. Every performance is a statement – a triumph of powerful lyricism, rich-ranged vocals and smooth backing instrumentation – turning onward the wheel of live music, show by show.
Cody Simpson is a heralded singer-songwriter, guitarist, poet and Olympic-level swimmer who has had two albums on the Billboard charts: Coast to Coast and Surfers Paradise. Simpson was discovered on social media and has since collaborated with big-name acts like Justin Bieber and Flo Rida.
With Julia Stone’s new record comes the grit and glitter of the city, and all its attendant joys and dangers, romances and risks. No longer content to merely explore the wildernesses of folk and indie-rock, Sixty Summers, Stone’s third solo outing, finds the celebrated songwriter diving headfirst into the cosmopolitan, hedonistic world of late-night, moonlit pop. Dirt under foot is replaced with wet pavement and sticky dancefloors; blue skies are traded for red lights and red lips.
Melbourne audiences have been flocking to the theatre to see the extraordinary production of The Phantom of the Opera and now Carols by Candlelight audiences will get the chance to see the cast from one of the much loved musicals of our time perform their favourite Christmas carol to help raise funds for children who are blind or have low vison.
“It’s Christmas time, again!” So said Tom Petty – and just about everyone around this time of year. And the marvellous news to open this festive season is that Vika & Linda have made their very own Christmas album – Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas! – which will be released by Bloodlines on November 4.
3AW Nights with Denis has soared to record ratings having made 8pm to midnight his own with a mix of News, Entertainment and plenty of listener calls. Denis has broadcast from his home studio for much of this year. His new Sony album Yesterday Once More was released in Autumn and in 2022 he returns to concert venues around Australia to bring the music to the people. The album is a tribute to the music of the 60's and 70's. After 51 years in showbusiness his star shines brightly.
Dancer and filmmaker Emma Watkins began her performance career early from the age of 3, nurturing her love of dance and movement, performing ballet, Irish, hip-hop, tap and contemporary dance. Since announcing her departure from The Wiggles in 2021, Emma has gone on to launch her new beloved children’s character, Emma Memma and has recently appeared on Channel 9’s Lego Masters Bricksmas Specials.