written from the heart and delivered with fiery passion have been
the essential ingredients of a musical career spanning over forty
years and which have rightly gained Amedeo Bazzarelli the title of
undisputed Calabrian voice of Australia.
The second son of a modest working class family from the
picturesque town of Amantea in the Italian region of Calabria, it
became obvious at an early age that Amedeo had inherited a
beautiful singing voice from his late father Gennaro and uncles
Tommaso and Giuseppe, all affirmed singers in their own right.
In fact Amedeo was only seven when he was awarded a prize for
Outstanding Young Talent after participating at a musical event
held in the famous ski resort of Cortina D’Ampezzo.
But the road to achieving the recognition he enjoys today was one
full of torment and difficulties which Amedeo managed to conquer
only through sheer determination and the will power to succeed in
such a competitive field.
Amedeo began performing at functions, festivals and in night spots
dotted along the Mediterranean coast with a repertoire consisting
mainly of Neapolitan classics and hits from then in vogue Italian
stars such as Mino Reitano, Massimo Ranieri, Gianni Morandi and
But Amedeo also revealed a creative streak, a gift he shared with
his brother Franco, and so began writing his own songs which
quickly became successful additions to his performing repertoire.
In the early seventies Amedeo decided to move to Melbourne where
his melodic voice, affable nature and fresh new songs ensured it
did not take long for him to become a favorite of the local
Not only did he become a regular performer in clubs and at private
functions all over Melbourne and country Victoria, he went on to
be a regular participant in special musical events held in most
Australian cities including Adelaide and Perth.
Amedeo has also along the years gained recognition and won awards
in events such as the International Song Festival staged in
various prestigious venues in Melbourne and Sydney.
One of the most memorable was at a song festival held in the
harbor city where he had the privilege of presenting and
performing, to critical acclaim, one of his own original
compositions at the world famous Sydney Opera House.
Amedeo has written well over one hundred songs, some romantic,
some nostalgic, some which address the many social issues that
confront today’s society, and all of which have been recorded and
released on a number of CDs launched throughout the years.
Many of these songs, “Barriere”, “Viva L’Australia”, Addio Amore
Addio Felicita” and "Festa Italia", to cite just a few, have
become virtual standards and are continually requested wherever he
performs while many have also been recorded by other artists both
in Australia and Italy.