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About the band

 'Destiny' Band Oz is an Australian band formed by independent singer-songwriter recording artists, Thomas & Tessa Libreri and they head-up the melodic male and female lead vocals of the band.  Initially a duo, 'Destiny' is now a 6 piece full live working band based in Gippsland. Their original songs are a distinctive blend of country, jazz and rock style music ranging from smooth, soulful ballads to fun, pumpy, country rock and retro classics. Destiny has recorded 2 albums and an EP of original music with more on the way! 

‘Destiny' Band Oz is also a working live band renowned for its classy, fun-filled and versatile entertainment. Able to satisfy a wide range of musical tastes with their vast repertoire of their own original chart topping hits and classic country, rock rock & roll, ballads, swing, jazz and popular music from the 50's to today with strong 60s, 70s and 80s influences.

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Destiny released their first song to radio called 'One Love' in March 2017 from their debut album, 'Take Me Back in Time' Their 2nd single release was in June, 2017 called 'The Thing I Like Best About You' from their album, 'Makin Music' followed by the single release of the title track to the album, 'Makin Music', a duet with Tessa and guest artist, award-wining country artist from Virginia USA, Chris 'Boots' Lee, in August 2017. Then in October 2017, the single called 'Streets of Old Kilsyth' was released and is on the EP 'From the Heart' 

All tracks have had sustained success on various country charts around Australia as detailed below.

Albums/releases: 'Take Me Back in Time' (2016); 'Makin Music' (6/ 2017) and new EP, 'From the Heart' (2/2018) featuring 'Sorry', 'Kuragg Kbir', (Maltese song also being released in Malta) and 'Streets of Old Kilsyth' (single 10/2017) which reached #2 on the Country Tracks Top40 Chart and has currently been in the Top 10 for 12 weeks (as@ 31.1.18) overlapping for 5 weeks with the duet, 'Makin Music' (Aug 2018) which peaked at #8 charted for 13 weeks and was #29 overall for 2017. 'The Thing I Like Best About You' (6/2017) peaked at #12 for 6 weeks but in Tasmania was The Overall #1 Song of the Year for 2017! Since Destiny's 1st radio release called 'One Love' (3/2017) which reached #2 on the Official Tasmanian Top30 Country Chart, Tasmania has taken Destiny to their hearts with all other releases reaching #1 plus 'To Sir With Love' (although never officially released) so 4x number #1s with 3 songs charting simultaneously for many weeks.

*Number 8 on MCA's Top10 Albums 2017 *Finalists in the People's Choice Country Music and Gold Medallion Media Awards Tamworth 2018 and *Awarded for #1 songs at TICMA 2017.

Destiny's line up is headed by Tessa Libreri who is the very versatile lead singer; Thomas Libreri, lead guitar and vocals; Ron Armstrong  on Keyboards; Michael Hicks on drums; Bob Hutton on Bass and Jess Loprese, backing vocalist. You can catch one of Destiny's many live shows playing at various venues in the Gippsland area. -Click to add text, images, and other content

Detailed bio -Thomas & Tessa Libreri-The Making of Destiny Band Oz


Destiny Long Biography as @ 31st January 2018

 

Thomas Libreri and Tessa Libreri are Australian independent singer/songwriter/recording artists who have been performing for years but have only come onto the country music scene in 2017 with the successful releases of their original music to receptive radio audiences. They head up their own 6 piece, working band, based in Gippsland, (Melbourne, Victoria Australia) named Destiny (Band Oz). Tessa sings lead vocals and Thomas plays lead guitar and vocals.  They play a wide variety of ‘good time’ classic hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s; tribute shows and their own original mix of country, rock, jazz/soul style hits. Their debut album, called ‘Take Me Back in Time’ was released in 2016 and their first radio single from this album, ‘One Love’ was released in March 2017. Their 2nd album called ‘Makin Music’ was released in June 2017 with 2 x radio singles released from this album, ‘The Thing I Like Best About You’ and ‘Makin Music’.  A new radio single was released in October 2017, ‘Streets of Old Kilsyth’ and a new single/EP is set for release in February 2018.  Their third album will be released later in 2018. 

Both Thomas & Tessa originally grew up in the suburbs of Melbourne; (Reservoir and Kilsyth respectively) before moving out of home to the country (where their paths eventually crossed in Kinglake). Thomas, born in Australia from Maltese parents started learning guitar at a young age from a local lady 'Miss Canobe'; then had some singing lessons with 60s pop singer Normie Rowe at Thornbury Music; bass guitar tuition at Ralph's Music and later, further classical and jazz guitar tuition with Tony Calabaro. Thomas played bass and sang in his first band at 14 years of age with the now acclaimed drummer, Darren Farrugia.  Thomas was then lead vocalist in top Italian band ‘Felicita’ before securing a 10 year position as a bass player and vocalist in a resident reception/cabaret band called 'After 5'. He also filled in as a bass player in the band for 'Wendy and The Rockets' and was honoured to play in the band for the President of Malta when he visited Australia.

 

Tessa was also born in Australia to English parents who were both repertory actors in England – (Tessa’s father was also on the English radio show, ‘The Archers’ and Tessa’s mum used to teach drama classes at Tessa’s primary school).  So it was little wonder that Tessa was theatrical. She loved horses and the country as well as music, singing and performing. She had guitar lessons with Tom Carter in Kilsyth from 11 years old, played the tuba then the tenor horn in the school band, performed in choirs and had several leading roles in many high school musicals. Tessa attended the Johnny Young Talent School in Richmond, had jazz ballet and tap dancing lessons with Barbara Hale, studied singing with the wonderful opera singer, Suzanne Steele and later, esteemed vocal coach, Audrey Duggan for more contemporary vocal tuition. Tessa also did a variety of 'extra' acting work on locally produced TV series and movies such as Neighbours, Skirts, Flying Doctors, Carson's Law, The Henderson Kids, 'Mission Impossible' etc. and sang on 'In Melbourne Today' TV show with Ernie Sigley and Denise Drysdale. Unfortunately Tessa had to knock back quite a few performing opportunites due to restrictive circumstances at the time, until she eventually became lead singer of a Line Dancing country band, based in Kinglake in 1995.

 

Thomas later joined this band as a bass player and before long he and Tessa started a duo together, which they named 'Destiny' (as it seemed to have been 'destiny' that they had met). They registered the name ‘Destiny’ (and later also registered the name Destiny Band Oz due to other bands overseas also using the name ‘Destiny’).  They got married, had children and later formed a reception band, performing regularly around their local Yarra Valley, Kinglake and Yea area as well as other notable venues such as Melbourne’s Crown Casino, Parliament House and Federation Square whilst running their own award-winning building and maintenance business and bringing up a young family.

 

Thomas and Tessa have had several line up changes of ‘Destiny’ throughout the years and some of their notable members have included drummer, Eddie Chappell, (from the 70s pop band 'Jigsaw'), country/jazz guitarist John Donaldson, Scott Hayward (guitarist from Melbourne band ‘Wonderpants') and Peter Wade (currently drummer of country rock band 'The Mason Boys').

 

In 2009, Thomas and Tessa fought the Black Saturday Bushfires, saving their family, neighbours and their award-winning ‘dream home’ they’d purpose-built; (replete with soundproofed studio and band rehearsal room -which is now hired out by the new owners for corporate getaways and also used for songwriting workshops by renowned Australian country duo, Carter & Carter) but about 12 months after this terrible event, and after having been so involved with the relief effort and the rebuilding process, the many bad memories (which were taking its toll on their family life) forced Thomas and Tessa to move away from Kinglake for a new start. (Thomas received a Bravery Medal from the Governor General in recognition for his actions on that day by saving a neighbour who had been burnt in the fires – but who tragically passed away 3 weeks later.  Thomas and Tessa took a leap of faith, relocating their family and making a new home for themselves in a peaceful, rural setting in country Gippsland, where they took some time out to rejuvenate. Thomas and Tessa (Destiny) started performing again as a duo at RSLs, clubs and private functions in the area. Their youngest daughters (and Tessa) became involved with performing in amateur musical theatre and Thomas also became involved in playing in the orchestras of these shows. The creative musical juices started to flow again and Thomas and Tessa decided to record an album of the original music that they had written over the years.  So they formed the current 6 piece line up of ‘Destiny’ in 2015 for this purpose but also became an ‘in-demand’ live band with a full calendar of regular gigs at various venues. The current line up comprises Tessa Libreri on lead vocals, Thomas Libreri on lead guitar and vocals, Ron Armstrong on keyboards (who used to play with Lee Forster [Lee Forster Band] for many years), Bob Hutton on Bass, Tony Desira on drums and Jessica Loprese as backing vocalist.

 

Releases:

The 5 tracks Destiny have released so far (via CRS Publicity and Amrap AirIt)​ are: 

1. 'One Love' (First ever radio single release #197 18.3.17) – composed and sung by Tessa Libreri, 

​Track 7 from their debut album 'Take Me Back in Time') which enjoyed sustained local chart success and got​ to #2 spot on the official TasmanianTop 40 chart​;

 2.  'The Thing I Like Best About You'  (5.6.17) written and sung by Thomas Libreri (CRS#199 -Track no 8 from the album 'Makin Music').  #1 spot on the TasmanianTop 40 chart for over a month and was also in the National Australian Country Tracks Top 40 Chart for 6 weeks, getting up to #12 and was overall #1 song in Tasmania for 2017.  

3. 'Makin Music' (CRS DD10 7.8.17)​ T​he title song (Track 2) of their album, 'Makin Music' is a duet written by Thomas for Tessa and guest artist on this track, Chris 'Boots' Lee. #1​ on the Tasmanian chart and shot to #12 on the Australian Country Tracks Top 40 in its 2nd week after its release​ peaking at #8, (on 25.11.17) remaining in the chart for 13 weeks and was last on the Australian Country Tracks chart at #17 as @ 6.12.17.  The album ‘Makin Music’ was also #8 of the ‘My Country Australia’ Top 10 albums of the year for 2017.

4.  'Streets of Old Kilsyth' (CRS203 16.10.17) written by Thomas Libreri, lyrics in collabration with and lead vocals by Tessa Libreri​. #1 on the Tasmanian Top 40 Chart, #3 on the My Country Australia chart and #2 on the National Australian Country Tracks Top 40 chart for 2 weeks; in the top 10 for 11 weeks; was concurrently in the Top 10 of the National chart for 2 weeks with ‘Makin Music’ and both songs were in the chart together for 5 weeks.  ‘Streets of Old Kilsyth’ is currently #3 as @ 24.1.18.

5.  ‘Sorry’ released 30.1.18. (CRS Digital).  Composed by Thomas and sung by Tessa Libreri.  And

6. ‘To Sir With Love’ which was Destiny’s cover version but never officially released as a radio single but lifted from the ‘Makin Music’ album by Tasmanian radio stations also got to #1 on the Tasmanian chart (so had 3 songs in this chart for many weeks!)

 

​Destiny, Thomas and their songs were also finalists in 4 categories at the recent Tasmanian Independent Country Music Awards. Destiny also performed at the awards function held at the Launceston Country Club and received awards​ for having 2 x ​no.1 hit songs (between June and October 17)

* ‘The Thing I Like Best About You’ was awarded the overall #1 song of the top 60 songs in Tassie for 2017

*The album ‘Makin Music’ was #8 on ‘My Country Australia’s’ Top 10 Albums for 2017

*The song Makin Music was #29 overall in the Australian Country Tracks Top 40 Chart for 2017 (to 9.12.17)

*Destiny had 2 songs on the short list of the APRA song of the year (Makin Music and Streets of Old Kilsyth)

*Destiny’s songs were #6 on the AMRAP Airit Top 10 Chart for most downloaded songs Sept 2017.

 

Destiny was one of 5 finalists in the Country Music People’s Choice Awards in the band/duo category and 1 of 3 finalists in the Gold Medallion Media Awards voted for by radio presenters and presented at Tamworth 2018. Look out for Destiny’s 3rd album of originals being released later in 2018! 

Look out for Destiny’s 3rd album of originals being released later on in 2018.

For further information and enquiries, Ph 0417361 692.... 'Check out our gig guide for upcoming gigs and       
 
Make a Date with 'Destiny'
 
Destiny Band Oz Youtube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjkzkGzuo1H2vSq7eenYaSg 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4spPAVREYlQ  (The Thing I Like Best About You)
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWlEjYmglUk  (Makin' Music)
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADJe3YXM0g  (Streets of Old Kilsyth) 

DIRECT LICENSING POLICY


These are the direct licensing guidelines of DESTINY ® (Also known as DESTINY BAND or DESTINY BAND OZ).  Our present circumstances do not allow us to offer competitive rates for direct licences for public performance or transmission of our own sound recordings or music videos. Annual review will be undertaken to consider whether our organization has the capacity to enable us to engage in direct licensing in the future. In the interim, if you require a licence for public performance or transmission of one of our sound recordings or music videos please contact the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) at www.ppca.com.au or call (02) 8569 1111.  If you wish to provide any feedback or comments on our direct licensing policy please email us at destinyband96@gmail.comClick to add text,