Galea (right) and friend (Barnardos
fundraiser at Stamford
Eagle, Grant Galea and Ashleigh
Seymour (Todd and Grant's Party)
renowned crooner, Grant Galea, with Lauryn Eagle (Miss
Teen International) and Ashleigh Seymour (Miss Teen
Australia), at one of the parties of the year. Approx.
200 people were there and there were entertained by
a variety of entertainers, including Lorelei
and Sarina, Sydney's burlesque duo, who apparently
flew in from Las Vegas for the event. This party sets
the benchmark for all parties in 2007. Special thanks
to all who came along. YouTube
Man Australia Review of Dean Martin & Me - 28th
It was years since I had seen Grant Galea do his thing.
a keys setting entitled The Statement Cabaret Lounge
I recently got to witness one of Australia's great
(and perhaps under appreciate) performing artists.
these days of music videos, lip sync, reality television
and piss poor entertainment, it was a wonderful experience
to have been taken back to tradition and memory lane,
to see and feel what real entertainment and authenticity
(even including the impersonations) was all about.
the get go Dean, um, Grant impressed me and the audience
by explaining that he now performed mainly as himself,
as encouraged to my many of the world's top performing
Dean Martin through to Sinatra, Deano really hit the
manner is which he morphed from artist to artist,
and blending in his narration in a smooth, credible,
yet humorous fashion, was bloody impressive.
the conclusion of the evening, Deano joined my lady
friend and I for a drink and chat, and at times I
had to slap myself in reassurance that I wasn't slamming
drinks and swapping underworld yarns with the real
the stage, to the bar, to the (not so) green room,
this was simply Deano.
the often fake world of the entertainment industry,
Grant is as legit as they come.
that's left to say is Bring Back The Rat Pack.
Galea official website
Martin Down Under?
Monday, 7 July 2003
Galea is Australia's King of Swing.
known for his work as tribute artist Dean Martin Jnr,
Galea's credentials as a singer and impressionist
are, well, impressive. On the world stage, Galea has
worked in Vegas as a support act for Nancy Sinatra.
Back home in Australia he's had roles in Grass Roots
and GP. In actual fact Galea's a trained actor who
studied at Sydney's Ensemble. He attributes his impressionistic
ability to his drama school days where he learned,
"If you're going to play a character, you've
got to get under the skin of the guy." True to
his training, Galea does more than play Dean Martin.
He's become au fait with all the details of his life,
including what he ate, what he drank and what he wore.
was on the advice of Nancy Sinatra that Grant eventually
put together a show as himself, rather than his alter
ego. Galea says he began to feel he was cheating the
audience by performing as everyone but himself.
days Galea has gotten back to his roots as a crooner
from Cooge Beach in Sydney. The Dean Martin influence
is still strong, but now the show includes comic impressions
ranging from Robert De Niro to Michael Caine and Gough
likens his versatile style to that of Sammy Davis
Junior, but he also admires that other rat packer,
Bobby Darrin, whom he calls the "master of swagger".
Galea thinks it was Darrin's "youthful effervescence"
that separated him from all the other crooners of
the time. An apt comment, coming from Galea himself.
Coast FM's Martin Powley donned smoking jacket and
fixed a martini to join Grant Galea in the swing lounge...
Galea appeared on Channel Seven's 'Australia's
Got Talent' - 18th February 2007
Man Australia is delighted to be assisting Grant Galea
in a media and new media capacity