Damien Leith performs Roy Orbison Orchestrated with 35 musicians including a 28-piece symphony orchestra


One night only at Hamer Hall in Melbourne in 2023

Join award-winning singer Damien Leith and a 28-piece concert orchestra as he embarks on a nostalgic journey through the legendary music of Roy Orbison for one night only in Melbourne in February 2023. Roy Orbison Orchestrated features elegant and uplifting arrangements of Roy’s timeless classics. Conducted by Sam Weller and masterfully arranged by Australia’s 2022 Young Composer winner, Emma Greenhill, the show will feature Roy’s biggest hits including Oh, Pretty Woman, You Got It, Crying and so much more. Filled with emotion, and world class musicianship, Damien will breathe new life into fan-favourites and raise the roof in celebration of one of the world’s greatest singers.

Damien has always had a strong affinity with Roy Orbison’s music. His multiplatinum album Roy – A Tribute to Roy Orbison stayed in the ARIA Top 20 chart for 22 weeks. Recorded in Nashville and executive produced by Roy’s late wife, Barbara Orbison and many musicians and writers associated with Roy Orbison during his career.

Damien received the highest praise imaginable upon the release of the album. Barbara Orbison extended her support by saying: “Damien, I applaud you for doing a Roy album. Thank you. We wish you every bit of luck and success. You got it.”

Further rave reviews for the album, and Damien’s homage to the late-great Roy Orbison came from his long-time songwriting partner Joe Melson. Joe, who penned Crying, Only The Lonely, Blue Bayou and Running Scared with Roy, said: “Very few voices excite me, but I fell in love with Damien’s voice when I heard it. His unique voice has inspired me to write again, much in the same way Roy Orbison’s voice inspired me to write. I believe Damien is going to be a big star. All the best to you, Damien. Looking forward to good things with you.”

For Damien Leith himself, Roy Orbison is still one of his biggest influences, and it shows in the care he takes when paying homage to the great man’s music on stage. “Roy was a stylus, he created his own unique sound which made him stand out over so many other artists,” says Damien. “His incredible voice, mixed with dramatic pop/opera melodies became his signature. Working with Barbara on my album Roy – A Tribute To Roy Orbison was amazing. It was incredible to have her support and confidence in me, especially in interpreting Roy’s songs and giving them my own stamp. Also, while recording that album I met Joe Melson – who co-wrote Only The Lonely and Crying – and we have since become good friends and write together online almost every week.”

Damien Leith first captured the hearts of the Australian public in the 2006 reality television show Australian Idol, a series he went on to win. Since then, he has enjoyed platinum selling albums and multiple awards including ARIAs, MTV Australia Video Music Awards and Helpmann Awards. In addition to his incredible musical successes, he has also hosted and co-hosted multiple television shows, penned two novels, and continues to co-host a popular ARN breakfast radio show, Wave FM in the Illawarra.

Tickets to Damien Leith’s Roy Orbison Orchestrated are on sale now.

Saturday 11th February 2023

For more information, please visit www.damienleith.com