DESTINY Band Oz - Original music

Australian Singer-Songwriters, Thomas & Tessa Libreri's band.

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 fully live working band based in Gippsland. Their original songs are a blend of country, jazz, rock, R & B and soul style music ranging from smooth, soulful ballads to fun, pumpy, country rock and retro classics. Destiny has recorded 2 albums, an EP and have a new album of originals 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 a vast repertoire of classic hits covering country, rock & roll, ballads, swing, jazz and popular music from the 50's to today with strong 60s, 70s and 80s influences and their own original chart topping hits. 

Destiny's current line up is  Tessa Libreri - Lead singer; Thomas Libreri - lead guitar and vocals; Ron Armstrong - Keyboards; Tony Desira - drums; Bob Hutton - Bass and Jessica Loprese - backing vocalist.

You can catch one of Destiny's many live shows playing at various venues in the Gippsland area. 

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music rfleases:

Albums: 'Take Me Back in Time' (2016); 'Makin Music' (6/ 2017) and EP, 'From the Heart' (2/2018)

New album in production for late 2018 

 1st single release -'One Love' (March 2017) composed & sung by Tessa Libreri from debut album, 'Take Me Back in Time'

2nd single release - 'The Thing I Like Best About You' (June 2017) composed & sung by Thomas Libreri from album, 'Makin Music'

3rd single release - 'Makin Music', (Aug 2017 Title track of the album) composed by Thomas, sung by  Tessa and guest artist, Chris 'Boots' Lee. 

4th single release -'Streets of Old Kilsyth' (October 2017) from the EP 'From the Heart' 

5th single release - 'Sorry' (February 2017) from the EP 'From the Heart'

6th single release - 'Lay Me Down' (from debut album, 'Take Me Back in Time') 

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

'One Love' - #2 on the Official Tasmanian chart; 'The Thing I Like Best About You' sustained #1 position on the Tasmanian chart and awarded overall #1 song for 2017 in the Tasmanian Top 60.  Also sustained success on the Australian Country Tracks chart to #11 and other local charts - 'Makin Music' #1 on the Tasmanian Top 40 chart, peaked at #8 on the Country Tracks chart with sustained success and was #29 overall for 2017 on that chart. 'Streets of Old Kilsyth' #1 on the Tasmanian chart and reached #2 on the Australian Country Tracks Top 40 Chart charting for 6 months.  'To Sir With Love' (although never officially released) also reached #1 in Tasmanian and Destiny had 4x number #1s with 3 songs charting in the Tasmanian chart simultaneously for many weeks.

Destiny's Awards and Nominations 

*Finalists in the Independent Country Music Association Awards (Australia) in 2 categories - Duo/Band of the Year and Song of the Year for 'Streets of Old Kilsyth'

*Finalists in the Josie Music Awards (USA) in 3 categories - Band of the Year, Modern Country; Entertainer of the Year in Modern/Pop Country and Song of the Year for 'Streets of Old Kilsyth' in Traditional Classic Country.

*Finalists in the People's Choice Country Music and Gold Medallion Media Awards, Tamworth 2018

*Awarded trophy for 2 x #1 songs at the Tasmanian Independent Country Music Association Awards (Oct 2017) and then Overall #1 song for 2017 on the Tasmanian Top 60 for 'The Thing I Like Best About You' (Dec. 2017)

*Destiny's 'Makin Music' album awarded Number 8 on My Country Australia's Top 10 Albums for 2017


Destiny Long Biography as @ 30.6.2018

 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,to today; tribute shows and their own original mix of country, jazz, rock, 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 reaching #2 on the Official Tasmanian Chart with no promotional assistance. Destiny's 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’ both reaching #1 on the Tasmanian Chart and #11 and #8 on the Australian Chart. A radio single was released in October 2017 called ‘Streets of Old Kilsyth’ which also reached #1 on the Tasmanian Chart and #2 on the Australian chart, charting for 6 months!  Destiny's EP was released in February 2018 and the song, 'Sorry' released at the same time which reached #7 in Tasmania and #9 in Australia. In May, 2018 Destiny released a duet, 'Lay Me Down' from their debut album which reached #1 in Tasmania and #4 on the Australian chart.  Destiny's 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 their respective homes 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 highly acclaimed drummer, Darryn Farrugia. Thomas later was 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 with 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) then 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 a 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 local 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.


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​ (with no promotional assistance);

 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 Tasmanian Top 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, #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 and overall charting for 6 months.  It also reached #3 on the My Country Australia chart and nominated for 'Song of the Year' in the Josie Music Awards and the ICMA Awards (Tamworth).

5.  ‘Sorry’ released February 2018. (CRS Digital).  Composed by Thomas and sung by Tessa Libreri. Reached #7 on the Tasmanian Chart, #9 on the Australian Chart.

6. ‘To Sir With Love’ which was Destiny’s cover version but was 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 Destiny had 3 songs in this chart for many weeks!)

7.  'Lay Me Down' released May 2018 (Custom) Composed by Thomas Libreri and sung by Thomas and Tessa as a duet. Reached #1 for 2 weeks in the Tasmanian Chart and #4 in the Australian Country Tracks Chart. Charting for over 3 months.

8. 'Put on a Good Show' (12.7.18) Composed by Thomas Libreri and sung by Tessa Libreri. Shot to #1 on the Australian Country Songs Top  40 airplay chart 15.8.18, Also #1 on the Soundclick US Chart in General Country (out of some 20000 odd songs and then #1 overall genres (out of some 69000 songs Aug 2018). #2 Official Tasmanian Chart and #23 on the International Chart.


​Awards and Nominations

2018 Australian ICMA Awards (Tamworth 2019)

2018 Tasmanian ICM Awards 

2018 Southern Stars CM Awards 

2018 Josie Music Awards 

Destiny, Thomas and their songs are were also finalists in 4 categories at the 2017 Tasmanian Independent Country Music Awards and 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 (only released in June 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 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'
Check out our official music videos on our Destiny Band Oz Youtube Channel -  (The Thing I Like Best About You)  (Makin' Music)  (Streets of Old Kilsyth)  (Sorry)  (Kuragg Kbir) 


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