All of the wonderful artists who perform at Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight donate their time to support the event and kids who are blind or have low vision.
Our performers for the 2020 event will be announced closer to the date.
Carols by Candlelight presenter
David Campbell 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 a multi-platinum recording artist.
In 2016 David was honoured to play the title role in the World Premier production of Dream Lover the Bobby Darin Musical in Sydney, and stunned audiences by reprising the role again in Melbourne in 2017.
David is one of our leading musical theatre stars and has achieved similar success on the international stage, most notably captivating New York with his award winning cabaret show.
David and Sonia Kruger are the popular hosts of the national Today Extra show for the Nine network, as well as hosting the beloved annual Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight telecast together. David has co-hosted Carols since 2013.
Carols by Candlelight presenter
Allison was recently announced as host of TODAY alongside Karl Stefanovic.
She has co-hosted Weekend TODAY with David Campbell for the past year combining her presenting commitments with her 60 Minutes role as a reporter.
She joined 60 Minutes in 2011. Among her achievements include stories she has filed from Somalia in the midst of a brutal civil war, venturing into the raging heart of one of the most active and dangerous volcanoes on earth and coming face to face with Grizzly bears in the Canadian wilderness
Allison moved to Nine's flagship current affairs program after nine years in the Sydney newsroom, where she frequently travelled the globe to cover major stories. She has also presented the 6pm Nine News Sydney bulletin and filled in on TODAY, co-anchoring the network's coverage of the Queensland flood disaster and reporting for the telethon that raised more than $10 million for the victims.
In 2010, while in South Africa for the FIFA World Cup, Langdon was the only Australian journalist to make it into Cameroon to cover the plane crash that killed six Australian mining executives. At home, she played a key role in Nine's award-winning coverage of the Australian federal election and hosted the prime-time documentary 'A Royal Engagement' when Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their plans to marry. Other major news events Langdon has covered for Nine include the drug wars in the Mexican town of Juarez, the bombing of the Australian embassy in Jakarta, and the return to Balibo in East Timor with the families of the five Australian newsmen killed during the Indonesian invasion in 1975.
Ally wrote the book 'The Child Who Never Was –The Tegan Lane Story' (released in 2007) after covering the inquest into the disappearance of the baby born to former water polo champion, Keli Lane. In December 2010, Lane was convicted of the baby's murder.
She lives in Sydney with her husband Michael and their young boy Mack and daughter Scout.
Forty years ago, Denis Walter burst onto the Australian entertainment scene as the young man with the big voice. From his early days on Young Talent Time, to his current afternoon show on 3AW radio, Denis remains one of Australia's best known and loved performers.
Denis Walter has joined us on stage at Carols by Candlelight for over 30 years, including special performances with his father in 1990, and his niece Julia in 2011. The Carols by Candlelight Family wouldn't be complete without Denis.
"The Carols atmosphere does lift you. Even though I've done it that many times, when you walk out, it's always like it's the first time."
Marina Prior is renowned for thrilling audiences across the country and is highly regarded as Australia's leading lady of the theatre stage.
Marina Prior is an award winning artist, having won Mo Awards, Green Room Awards and the Advance Australia Award for her contribution to the performing arts. Inducted intro Australia's 100 Entertainers Of the Century and having performed over twenty leading roles in her career so far, Marina has released seven albums including, "Both Sides Now" (2012), "Encore" (2013), "Marina Prior Live" (2013) and more recently "Candlelight Christmas" (2013) with her Ultimate Collection "Leading Lady", (2015).
Marina's first professional audition resulted in her first lead role - that of Mabel in the Victoria State Opera's The Pirates of Penzance. She has received numerous awards including four MO Awards, three Green Room Awards, and the Advance Australia Award for her contribution to the performing arts. She is also well known to television audiences through her appearances on such show as Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight, as judge on Channel Seven's It Takes Two and, more recently, as Iris in The ABC series The Divorce.
Silvie Paladino is one of Australia's most versatile and talented entertainers.
From her first theatrical role as Eponine in the Australian tour of Les Misérables, she was in the London production on the West End. In 1997, Silvie returned to London where she performed the role of Fantine in Les Misérables for a successful two-year season.
Silvie's other Australasian credits include her one-woman show Silvie Paladino Sings Streisand (Green Room Award nomination), the role of Jeannie in Hair, Grizabella in the Australian and Asian tour of Cats. Ellen in Cameron Mackintosh's Australian premier of MissSaigon, Donna in the smash hit Mamma Mia!, Rita in the world premier of Sideshow Alley, Clara in Passion and, for The Production Company, Lady Thiang in The King And I, Florence in Chess (Green Room Award winner and Helpmann Award nomination) and more recently Jerry's Girls.
Silvie has toured nationally with her own show, sung with symphony orchestras around Australia, featured at major sporting events, including the 2005 AFL Grand final and performed for celebrated theatre composers Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz. She is well known to Australian audiences through her regular appearances on Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight.
Tim Campbell is one of Australia's most versatile and much loved entertainers. From 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 countless other TV roles, to lead roles in the stage shows Wicked, Rent, Hairspray and Shout!, Tim is certainly a star of both stage and screen. When he’s not Dancing With the Stars or entertaining on Channel 9’s Carols By Candlelight, Tim is a much sought Emcee at events around the country, as well as consistently filling the dance floors with his band.
Tim also just released his sophomore album ELECTRIFYING 80s – Stock Aitken and Waterman through his new record label Encore Records, debuting at number 15 on the ARIA album charts, as well as No.1 on the Australian Independent charts. The album is now available from his website: www.timcampbell.com.au
Australian tenor and composer David Hobson is one of Australia's best known operatic performers.
He has sung many roles for Opera Australia including his award winning performances of Rodolfo (La Boheme) and the title role in Orphee. Other roles for OA have included Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance), Nadir (Pearl Fishers), Dorvil (La Scala di seta) and Florville (II Signor Bruschino), as well as Ralph Rackstraw (HMS Pinafore) and the Defendant (Trial by Jury).
David has also appeared with most of the state opera companies in Australia including the Victorian Opera's productions of Through the Looking Glass and The Elixir of Love. Internationally, he has appeared with San Francisco Opera in the world premiere of Dangerous Liaisons and a concert with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
Special engagements include the title role in Candide at the 2006 Perth International Festival, a performance in the Great Hall, Canberra for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and singing the National Anthem at the AFL Grand Final. He is also well known to television audiences from his appearance on Carols in the Domain, Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight, It Takes Two and Dancing with the Stars.
ARIA Music Award winner Anthony Callea is no stranger to Australian audiences, the carols family and is one of the country’s finest and most recognised singers.
More than a decade after one of Australia’s most memorable TV performances, Anthony Callea continues to notch up successes.
His last album ‘ARIA Number 1 Hits in Symphony’ debuted at #1 on the ARIA charts which saw him join the elite ranks of Australian music’s royal family – John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes, Keith Urban and The John Butler Trio – as the only Australian male artists to have had three of more albums debut at #1 in ARIA chart history.
October 2019 saw Anthony release his latest single What’s Wrong With Me?, a soulful, contemporary pop song that blends vulnerability with a newfound depth and emotional strength.
You can visit his website atwww.anthonycallea.com
ROB MILLS is a born entertainer. A popular singer, presenter, actor, MC and media personality. Rob has carved himself out a successful career spanning over 15 years with many high profile credits to his name.
Rob is currently a series regular in Neighbours, Australia’s longest-running drama, where plays the ever troubled Finn Kelly - a role created for him. He has relished the opportunity to step off the musical theatre stage for the first time in a decade to flex his acting muscles.
Whilst filming Neighbours, he was also starring in the off-Broadway smash hit comedy “Puffs”, at the Alex Theatre. His first non-musical stage performance to uproarious success and rave reviews. But the songs were never far off, completing a successful cabaret season with iconic Australian performer Rhonda Burchmore in Bang Bang! headlining the Brisbane Festival.
He has recently completed a 30 show national tour of ‘Puttin’ On The Ritz’ on the back of the stage show Jesus Christ Superstar where he played the title role of Jesus.
TRAVIS COLLINS is a man becoming more and more known and sought after in Country Music circles of late, and for good reason - with 7 x CMAA ‘Golden Guitars’, 4 x CMC's and an American ‘CMA Global Artist’ award all in the past three years alone, it’s easy to see that Travis Collins is hitting the top of his game and fast establishing himself as one of the biggest names in Australian country music. His two most recent album releases ‘Brave & The Broken’ (2018) and ‘Hard Light’ (2016) both topped the ARIA chart, and spawned a further six #1 songs to an already impressive tally. A prolific songwriter who doesn’t shy away from the true, personal, gritty or ‘too real’, a high energy live performer whose heartfelt lyrics, blistering guitar solos and powerhouse vocals combine to deliver the most epic of crowd singalongs. Travis has been steadily building a large and loyal fan base touring across Australia and internationally – including opening for US superstars Luke Combs and Tim McGraw in 2019. Travis is currently working on new music with GRAMMY winning, Nashville based producer Luke Wooten.
The multi-award winning, record breaking musical CHICAGO razzle dazzles in Melbourne throughout summer playing at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne until February 23rd .
The sassy musical stars some of Australia’s most sizzling performers. Starring as the irreverent and determined Roxie Hart, is one of our most versatile entertainers, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and joining her as the empowered and glamorous Velma Kelly is musical theatre star Alinta Chidzey. Much adored Casey Donovan plays the tough and sassy prison warden Matron ‘Mama’ Morton and playing the role of the cunning and charismatic lawyer Billy Flynn is Australian superstar Jason Donovan.
Starring alongside this star studded cast is musical theatre stalwart Rodney Dobson playing Roxie’s charming and vulnerable husband Amos Hart and J. Furtado as gossip hound Mary Sunshine as well as a wonderful ensemble cast of very talented triple threats.
The Kander & Ebb musical has been seen by over 31 million people worldwide in 36 countries and is the winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy Award. CHICAGO continues to play on Broadway and around the world in multiple languages and is the longest running American musical in Broadway and West End history.
Amber Lawrence is a multi-Golden Guitar winning Australian singer-songwriter who captures the nation’s attention and heart with her uplifting songs of self-belief, love, family and ordinary Australians.
2019 has seen Amber Lawrence launch her 6th studio album, Spark! Celebrating her recent wedding and introduction to motherhood, ‘Spark’ and it’s 10 songs perfectly represent a new chapter in Amber’s life, with a fun and energetic vibe interwoven with heartfelt ballads. The first single, Outrageous, was a Music Network and CMC Number 1, and the second most played song in Country Radio for the June 2019 quarter, proving the popularity behind the relatable message in the song. The Second single ‘Heart’ is a national top 5 hit and the inspiring message in this song is seeing it become a fan favourite. ‘Hell to Hallelujah’ – Amber’s jubilant love song, will be the third single, with an October 2019 release.
In 2018 just took home 3 of the most prestigious Golden Guitar awards at the CMAA Golden Guitar Awards!! APRA Song of the Year, Single of the Year and Vocal Collaboration of the year, for the song ‘Our Backyard’, a collaboration with Travis Collins.
Jack Vidgen has lived a story like no other. He won Australia’s got talent at a young age, had chart topping songs, lived in America chasing his dream, was the face of some of the biggest brands in the world. Then, as expected, what comes up, must come down.
Jack then spent five years off the stage where he found himself away from his music, working outside of the entertainment industry.
This year Jack found the courage and decided to return to the stage as part of the 2019 season of The Voice Australia. Audiences remembered Jack and without question loved every music moment he produced on the show.
Jacks incredible tone and musical sensitivity have delivered a breath of fresh air to Australian audiences. Jack has woken the world up one more time, and has a very exciting time ahead! He has proven to be one of the most exciting vocalists Australia has heard in years!
Hailing from just outside Melbourne, along the banks of the Murray River, Isaiah first stepped into the spotlight in 2016 when he was crowned winner of the eighth season of The X Factor Australia.
If tenacity, fearlessness and creativity are the marks of a true artist, then Diana Rouvas was born for the role. A self-confessed perfectionist and dreamer-turned-doer, this Sydney-born vocalist and songwriter has lived and breathed music since she could barely speak.
The magnificent vocalist won the hearts of music fans and judges alike this year with her powerful performances, crowning Diana the WINNER of The Voice 2019. In a first for The Voice, Diana’s Grand Final single was an original of her own ‘Wait For No One’.
The Teskey Brothers
It’s one of those fabled stories. Two brothers, Josh and Sam Teskey, make friends with two other music-minded kids Liam Gough and Brendon Love from the local neighborhood on the outskirts of Melbourne.
The four teenagers begin making music together. It’s all very low-key: busking at the local farmers’ market, backyard party jams, and eventually moving up to the inner-city pubs of Melbourne.
Fast-forward ten years to 2017 and The Teskey Brothers announce themselves to the world with an extraordinary debut album Half Mile Harvest.
Christie Whelan Browne
Simon is best known for his acclaimed interpretation of Jean Valjean in Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Les Miserables for which he received the 2015 Helpmann award for Best Male Actor in a Musical.
His stage credits include Jolson, Shout, Mamma Mia (Helpmann Award nomination), Eureka, Chess (Greenroom Award nomination) Love Never Dies (Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Award nominations) and Hipbone Sticking Out (BighART). He appeared for the Sydney Theatre Company in Harbour and The Republic of Myopia and was a member of the original cast of Rupert for the Melbourne Theatre Company, which he also toured to the Kennedy Center in Washington. Simon’s UK credits include The Far Pavilions (West End; for which he received a Whatsonstage Award nomination), Imagine This (West End), Three Sides, The Silver Lake, Certified Male (Edinburgh Festival), Shoes (Sadler’s Wells) and Southwark Fair (Royal National Theatre) directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner.
Simon’s film and television credits in Australia include City Homicide, Blue Heelers and SeaChange. In the UK, he played a regular role in EastEnders and was a member of the principal cast of Kombat (BBC2) directed by Monty Python member Terry Jones. Simon also appeared in the feature film My Life In Ruins.
Bonnie Anderson is no longer the 12 year old girl you remember from Australia’s Got Talent!
Now 19 years old, Bonnie Anderson has spent years polishing her performance and song-writing skills to arrive at this point – confident, grown up and ready to shine; she knows her own mind and understands what she wants to communicate through music.
After her win on Australia’s Got Talent in 2007, Bonnie declined taking the route of the instant popstar and opted instead to put her head down and work solidly on developing herself as an accomplished song-writer and performer – the results of which are now being revealed with Bonnie releasing her first singles as a fully-formed recording artist with an extensive performance resume.
Dr Danni Dusek
Dr Danni Dusek has become the new darling of Bondi Vet fans with her candid, emotional approach to the job. With her background in acting, singing and dancing, she’s a born star set to light up the new series.
Since graduating from The University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with distinction in 2016, Danni has been working as a vet in bayside Melbourne. Currently, you will find Dr Danni at Kingston Veterinary Hospital in Mentone.
Aside from working at the clinic, Danni is passionate about volunteering for Pets in the Park, a charity that helps the homeless care for their pets. Providing veterinary care to these pets is the most rewarding part of her job.
Outside of work, Danni loves getting outdoors, camping, trekking, skiing and going on fun adventures with her newborn son, Oliver!
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 former 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 Fox has also 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. In 2016 and 2017 he appeared in Ladies in Black which toured nationally and for which he received a Green Room Award nomination. Later in 2017 he performed in Assassins at The Hayes Theatre for which he received a Helpmann Award nomination. In 2019 Bobby will be a Star Vocalist in GFO’s Saturday Night Fever.
Onscreen Bobby’s credits include Upper Middle Bogan, It’s a Date, Tricky Business and Househusbands. He also appeared in the feature film The Cup.
Bobby is a captivating live performer whether in musicals or as a solo artist and he is also one of Australia’s most in demand corporate and event entertainers.