Casey Donovan intends Australia Day concert at Cronulla to be fun after all the disasters

Mixing it up: Casey Donovan will sing a selection of covers and originals at Cronulla. Picture: supplied
Mixing it up: Casey Donovan will sing a selection of covers and originals at Cronulla. Picture: supplied

Casey Donovan says her new release Proud, which she hopes to sing at Eurovision 2020 if selected to represent Australia, is like her anthem for life.

The singer, who shot to fame by winning the second season of Australian Idol in 2004 at the age of 16, might even perform the song at Cronulla on Australia Day.

Proud was released at midnight on Thursday last week.

"We may do it at Cronulla - I will talk to the band . Maybe we can do a little acoustic version," she said.

Casey Donovan singing Proud (teaser)

"It's a ballad, written by Justine Eltakchi, a beautiful song about being proud of who you are, and when you get knocked down you have to get up again and keep going.

"For me its almost like an anthem for life."

Donovan and Vanessa Amorosi were the first two artists chosen to compete to represent Australia at Eurovision.

Donovan said her song selection at Cronulla would be "a mix of covers and a few originals".

"We are going to keep it light and fun after everything Australia has been through lately," she said.

Donovan is no stranger to Sutherland Shire.

She grew up in the Bankstown area and used to come to Cronulla beach with her parents and youth group.

"It's a beautiful place and I still regularly walk the Esplanade to Bass and Flinders Point," she said.

She has also performed a few times at the Brass Monkey at Cronulla.

Donovan said she was delighted to be asked to perform at Cronulla on Australia Day.

"The council reached out to me," she said. "I had just signed to do Chicago in Melbourne, but fortunately I got a release to come up for the day and sing some songs and have some fun."

Donovan remains extremely grateful and proud of her Australian Idol win.

"It has brought me so many things in life. It's 16 years on and I have learnt so much in that time, and I continue to learn."

Donovan, who describes herself as being "half indigenous and half white", supports moving Australia Day to a different date.

"Having Australia Day on January 26 is a weird kind of feeling. It's a sad day but also a day that brings people together. The more I look at it, the more I think it would be better to change the date."