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.
Read our performers for the 2020 event. More to be announced soon.
Carols by Candlelight presenter
Eddie McGuire is an accomplished businessman, best-selling author, and one of Australia’s most acclaimed media personalities, with over 30 years of award-winning experience.
He returned to Nine to host The Footy Show in 2017 after previously hosting the program from its inception in 1994 until 2005.
McGuire, who rose from cadet reporter to CEO of the Nine Network, has spearheaded ratings blockbusters including The Footy Show and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – Hot Seat, the most successful weekly quiz program ever broadcast in Australia.
There is no more versatile and enduring personality on Australian television than Livinia Nixon.
Nixon is best known for bringing Melbourne viewers their weather report each week night on Nine News at 6.00pm, a role she has held since 2004.
In 2011, she also took on the role of presenting the weather in the national bulletin of Nine News each weekday afternoon, before switching to the new Melbourne afternoon bulletin in 2017.
In 2016, Nixon rejoined Nine’s long-running Postcards program after first appearing on the show in its early days. Alongside the ensemble cast, she explores the best travel and lifestyle destinations in Victoria. Nixon is also a regular contributor to Nine’s iconic travel program Getaway and has reported from Samoa, Germany, France, Switzerland, Japan and Hungary.
In 2017 Nixon celebrated 20 years with the Nine Network.
Singer, Actor, Writer – Bonnie Anderson is a dynamic, versatile and creative Performing Artist. She won our hearts and stole the show at the age of 12 winning the first ever season of Australia’s Got Talent in 2007. With that captivating stage moment Bonnie’s career opened up to provide a string of career highlights that have included her successful debut single ‘Raise the Bar’ released in 2013 and written by chart toppers DNA, followed by her first top 20 hit “Blackout” that went Platinum in 2014, and the following year releasing “Unbroken”.
She has performed with Olly Murs and rapper G-Eazy and charmed the UK in 2019 performing live on Britain’s Got Talent – The Champions. That same year she released “Sorry”, her first single in 3 years.
Raised on the Coal Coast of NSW, Timothy James Bowen is a songwriter who has travelled the world over, and some would say has lived through more in the last few years than many would expect to in a lifetime.
2018 saw Bowen receive a People's Choice nomination for Live Voice of the Year at the National Live Music Awards up against the likes of Harry James Angus (Cat Empire) and Amy Shark, where he performed one of his songs, 'Warmth of You' (co-written with and released by Brandon Robert Young), at the NLMA Gala event in Brisbane with Australian music icon, Katie Noonan. During the next 18 months, Bowen embarked on U.S., U.K. & Australian tours with his sister, Clare Bowen, playing alongside The Striking Matches (USA) and Imogen Clark, as well as a national tour with Sam Buckingham supported by The Australian Council for the Arts.
No stranger to the Carols by Candlelight stage, ARIA Award winner Anthony Callea is undoubtably one of Australia’s favourite and most recognised singers and performers. This year marks Anthony’s 17th consecutive year at Carols and again and like every year, we can only expect more breathtaking performances. The LIVE stage is where Anthony shines and May/June 2021 will see Anthony touring the country once again with his full band on his “TOGETHER AGAIN” tour. With concerts already selling out, this is a tour not to be missed.
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 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 performing the classic 70s and 80s dance floor hits with his band from his ARIA top 30 and iTunes top 10 album High School Disco, traveling around the country in concert and at special events. Tim has just finished playing Corny Collins in the national tour of Hairspray the Arena Spectacular
CDB, ‘90s masters of Australian R&B featuring Andrew De Silva, Gary Pinto, Brad Pinto and Danny Williams, have toured the world, achieved platinum album sales and continue today to be revered for their R&B style, vocal harmonies and high energy, entertaining live shows.
As teenagers, CDB were part of Melbourne’s south eastern urban scene, a movement that included musicians, producers, rappers, graffiti and visual artists, DJs, fashion designers and dancers. Formed in Melbourne in 1991, the vocal quartet were reputed around their hometown for their urban live shows.
Signed to Sony in the late teens, CDB’s debut album – Glide With Me (1994) – went Platinum in Australia and Top 5 in France. The subsequent single – Let’s Groove – topped the ARIA charts and was the best-selling Australian single in 1995.
Jamie Cullum is a celebrated musician the world over with loyal fans in every corner of the globe. Over the last 18 years his legendary live shows have seen him perform at festivals alongside artists as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, St Vincent and Lang Lang. In addition to his enduringly successful recording career, with nine albums under his belt, he has also established himself as a multi-award-winning music broadcaster. Jamie approaches all aspects of his career, as he has from the beginning, as both a fan and a student with seemingly boundless creativity and enthusiasm.
Jamie’s ninth studio album and most introspective work to date Taller arrived in 2019. The project went on to land in the top 20, be lauded by the likes of The Sunday Times and The Arts Desk for its ‘sublime’ songwriting and artistry and even pick up an Ivor Novello award for the prescient ‘Age of Anxiety’ from the project. Jamie commenced the electrifying Taller live experience in February 2020 and is set to resume the UK and European tour in 2021.
Casey Donovan is one of Australia’s most versatile Entertainers, recently seen performing the role of Matron Mama Morton in the musical Chicago in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, heard on Spotify with her NOVA Podcast The Space and winning the public vote for her song Proud for Eurovision Australia Decides 2020 televised on SBS in a live show filmed on the Gold Coast in February 2020.
After a meteoric rise to fame at the age of 16, Casey became the youngest ever winner of Australian Idol in 2004. Over the last fourteen 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 for Listen with Your Heart and Deadly Awards for Best Album, Best Single and Most Promising New Talent.
Isaiah has an incredible story. He attended high school on the banks of the Murray River and went without food in order to fund the 6 hours of travel that was required to get to his singing lessons each Saturday. Despite the hardship experienced by so many Aboriginal people, Isaiah knew his dream would become real and that one day he would be an international recording artist.
In the past three and a half years, the talented teen has transformed from a small town singer to the most streamed First Nations pop artist in the world. Along the way he’s won The X Factor, represented Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest (finishing in the top 10) and is signed to Sony Music Australia.
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.
Zoe is a graduate of WAAPA (B.A. Music Theatre). Her professional theatre credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Into the Woods, Les Miserables, Kiss Me Kate, The Pajama Game, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Camelot, Legally Blonde the Musical, She Loves Me, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Georgy Girl and the Australian and Asian tours of Wicked. On television, she has appeared in numerous commercials for national campaigns, as well as interviews and performances on most of the major network breakfast shows in Australia. Zoe is thrilled to be reprising her performance of “Beverley & others” in Come From Away and is a proud member of the original Australian company that first debuted in 2019
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).
HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. A record-breaking masterpiece that has “transformed theatre and the way we think about history.” – The New York Times.
The Tony®, Grammy®, Olivier and Pulitzer Prize winning musical will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in March, 2021.
Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre – a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education.
Award-winning opera singer and songwriter Jess Hitchcock is an Indigenous performer, composer and singer-songwriter with family origins from Saibai in the Torres Straits and Papua New Guinea. Over the last 3 years Jess has been touring with Kate Miller-Heidke as her backing vocalist around Australia and last year was with Kate at the Eurovision song contest in Israel. The end of 2019 saw Jess tour with Paul Kelly and Kate Miller-Hiedke on Paul’s Making Gravy Tour. Jess was a featured artist in Paul Kelly’s set, leading to the release of the track they sung together, ‘Everyday My Mother’s Voice’, and their collaboration on Channel 9 and Frontier Touring’s Music From The Home Front. This year Jess had the honour of performing alongside Archie Roach for ABC’s series The Sound and again during Archie’s emotional performance of Took the Children Away at his induction to the Aria Hall of Fame.
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.
Ella Hooper is an award-winning entertainer with a quality that sets her apart from others – authenticity. On her career path, from a humble country upbringing through to award-winning ‘pop-star’ and household name, Ella has walked the talk. Her honesty and enthusiastic approach to life results in her broad appeal, across all age ranges from all walks of life.
Having spent more than 20 years in the spotlight with her music talent (Killing Heidi), Ella is now building on her credits as radio host, TV presenter, women’s rights advocate, teacher, mentor, public speaker, content creator and respected pop culture vulture.
Ella is a people-person whose charm, intelligence and wit make her an excellent communicator. She’s adaptable and understands people – particularly young women trying to make their way in the world.
Dami Im is one of Australia’s most respected artists. A piano virtuoso, she also has a Master of Music Studies in Contemporary Voice, and first captured our attention and hearts when she won The X Factor Australia in 2013 (“to me that feels like a lifetime ago, and I’ve learned so many things along the way, including who I want to be as an artist”).
Her self-titled debut album and single ‘Alive’ both debuted at #1 on the ARIA charts, and she went on to release three more acclaimed studio albums, performing all around the world. In 2016, Dami became ‘Eurovision Royalty’ when she earned the highest score ever achieved by an Australian entry, and her single ‘Sound of Silence’ charted globally.
Phillip studied at WAAPA. Theatre credits include: Crazy For You, Showboat, Cabaret, The Producers, Legends, The Sunshine Club, Eurobeat, Dusty, No Way To Treat A Lady, Mary Poppins, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Bloody Brothers and High Society. In 2017, Phillip was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award for this portrayal of Edward Bloom in Big Fish. Phillip played Keith Potger in Georgy Girl – The Seekers Musical, earned a Green Room Award nomination for playing Harry Bright in Mamma Mia and played Tyler Nelson in the world-first live streamed musical Who’s Your Baghdaddy? Television credits include McLeod’s Daughters, All Saints, Home & Away, Blonde, Crownies, Anzac Girls and Australia: The Story of Us. Film credits include Thank God He Met Lizzie, Black and White and The Honourable Wally Norman
The Melbourne Gospel Choir is Australia's most sought after Gospel vocal group for TV appearances and backing vocals for international artists. They have regularly appeared on many TV shows such as the Vision Australia's Carols By Candlelight, The AFL Grand Final, Dancing With the Stars, The Logies, The Good Friday Appeal, and previously on Hey Hey It's Saturday, It Takes Two, Starstruck, and In Melbourne Tonight.
Rob has just finished up 3 years as Erinsborough villian and series regular in Neighbours, Australia’s longest-running drama (35 Years), where he played the ever troubled Finn Kelly - a role created for him. He relished the opportunity to step off the musical theatre stage for the first time in a decade to flex his acting muscles winning Best Actor - TV Soap Awards UK.
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 record-breaking success and rave reviews. But the songs were never far off, Rob finished Runner Up in the Masked Singer Australia (2019). A smash surprise hit for Network 10.
Mirusia is known to millions around the world from her longtime association as the Star Soprano with André Rieu, and her own international tours and best selling albums and dvd’s.
With the gloom that Covid-19 brought to everyone in 2020, Denis Walter OAM and Mirusia have recorded a timely song “We Need A Little Christmas”. With the expertise of Melbourne Producer, Michael Cristiano (The Seekers longtime record producer), they have created a heart felt, touching and unique ballad as a single to spread the joy of togetherness and the Christmas spirit.
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.
Silvie has performed at many special events such as the world-wide telecast of the Rugby League Grand Final, the Australian Football League Grand Final, Boxing Day Cricket Test, the President’s Cup Golf tournament and a concert in Beijing, as part of the 2008 Olympics.
Marina Prior is known as Australia’s Leading Lady of Musical Theatre.
Marina’s first professional audition resulted in her first lead role - that of Mabel The Pirates of Penzance. She was subsequently invited to perform the role of Guinevere opposite Richard Harris in Camelot. Since then she has performed over thirty lead roles throughout Australia. Possibly her most memorable being the role of Christine Daae, in the original Australian production of The Phantom of the Opera, which she performed for three years.
Other roles include Jellylorum in Cats, Cosette in, Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes, Maria in West Side Story, Lily in The Secret Garden, Magnolia in Showboat, Miss Adelaide in Guys And Dolls, , Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins, Baroness Schraeder in The Sound of Music , Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly, and, more recently, the role of Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie for The Production Company.
Jimmy Rees was studying Media Arts and looking to a career on stage when the opportunity came to audition for a new pre-school program on the ABC, Australia’s national broadcaster. The program was called Giggle & Hoot and the rest, as they say is history. Jimmy Rees became Jimmy Giggle, the face of the ABC for a new generation. Since the debut of Giggle & Hoot on December 4th2009, Jimmy and his best mate ‘Hoot’ have become household names around the nation.
As winner on The Voice Season 9 in 2020, singer - songwriter; Chris Sebastian captured the attention and the hearts of Australians nationwide, both for his incredible talent, and his gracious, likeable nature. Chris recently toured his stripped back, acoustic style show across NSW and the ACT.
Mark Seymour was born in Benalla, Victoria in 1956. His parents were both schoolteachers who travelled a lot, so he spent most of his childhood living in a string of country towns. His mother Paula taught him to sing in the family choir, which comprised everyone except his Dad, who unfortunately failed the audition, though his tenor sometimes soared. Together they competed in talent quests and meetings of various Country Women's Associations, and Mark began to nurture dreams of a singing career. Eventually the family arrived in Melbourne and, some time after that, Mark stumbled into the Tiger Lounge in Richmond on a Tuesday night in 1978 - and subsequently became a devotee of rock'n'roll.
2020 has been a year of challenge and excitement for Denis. With a move to 3AW Nights after 11 years on Afternoons, Denis has made the evening hours his own, with a mix of News, Entertainment and plenty of listener calls. Immediately rating number one it's a comfy fit 8 to Midnight , Monday to Friday on 3AW. After a chance meeting with Denis Handlin, the boss of Sony Music, Denis returned to the studio with a new 60's & 70's themed album due for release in Autumn 2021.
Christie Whelan Browne is one of Australia’s most versatile stage and screen performers. An award-winning actress who has delighted audiences in shows as varied as A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum, The Importance Of Being Earnest, The Drowsy Chaperone (Helpmann Award Nomination) and Britney Spears: The Cabaret. Christie has been described by The Australian as “immaculate and untouchable”; by The Age as “magnificent”; and by the Herald Sun as “a musical and cabaret talent not to be missed”.
Christie is the star of three one-woman shows; Britney Spears: The Cabaret, Show People and Vigil (Green Room Award Winner) all of which have debuted at The Adelaide Cabaret Festival and then toured in Australia and Internationally, to much acclaim.