2012 marks the ninth year in a row Callea has performed at this event.

In July 2005, Callea made an east coast of Australia tour adding dates along the way in 2005. From July to September 2007, Callea embarked on his A New Chapter tour with his four-piece band.

It debuted at #3 in the ARIA DVD Chart and was awarded Platinum status.

Callea released the single "Live for Love" on 4 November 2006, from his second album A New Chapter, the only song on the album which he did not co-write.

Callea also contributed his version of the Brian Mc Knight song, "Home", to the compilation album Home: Songs of Hope & Journey, which was released in order to raise funds for Beyond Blue, an anti-depression organisation. Callea was the ambassador for the 2007 Perth Telethon for the Royal Children's Hospital and in 2007 was appointed official ambassador for Vision Australia.

For the second time he was official ambassador for 2009's Vision Australia's Carols By Candlelight.

It debuted on the ARIA Singles Chart at number one, and remained there for five consecutive weeks.

Within seven weeks, it was certified four times platinum, selling in excess of 280,000 copies.

His next single, the double A-side "Rain"/"Bridge over Troubled Water" spent two weeks at number one.

His self-titled album debuted at number one in the week of 4 April 2005, and remained at the top of the chart for three weeks.

Callea was the first idol contestant in the competition that had never been included in the bottom three for the contestants who had the lowest votes each week.