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Paris-based Arena stepped up to the podium after ringing Tour de France officials in the morning, asking for permission to Advance Australia Fair.

"For Cadel to come to Europe and spend so much time chasing his dream shows what he is made of," an emotional Arena said in French afterwards.

"As Australians, we're very proud of what he has achieved."

Evans said: "I was a bit surprised that Tina Arena came out to sing the anthem.

"That was very nice of her," he said.

"I think that's the ultimate dream of a Tour rider, to stand on the Champs-Elysees with an Australian singing the national anthem ... it's not a dream that comes true for many Australians.

"This win is for everyone in our country. It's amazing."

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born on 1/11/1967 in Moone Ponds / Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Filippina Lydia " Tina " Arena AM (born 1 November 1967) is an Italian-Australian singer-songwriter, musician, musical theatre actress, and record producer. She is one of Australia's highest selling female artists who, as of July 2014, has sold over 10 million records worldwide. [1] [2] Arena is an artist with the vocal range of a soprano and is multilingual: she sings live and records in English, Italian and French, as well as in Spanish. In April 2013 she was voted Australia's all-time greatest female singer and third-greatest singer overall in an industry poll conducted by music journalist, Cameron Adams, for the Herald Sun .

Arena has earned several international and national awards, including seven ARIA Awards, and two World Music Awards for 'Best-selling Australian Artist', which she received in 1996 and in 2000. In 2009, Arena became the first Australian to be awarded the Knighthood of the Order of National Merit – presented by the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, for her contributions to French culture, and ceremonially awarded by Frédéric Mitterrand, the Minister of Culture and Communication of France. [3] In 2012, Arena appeared as a judge and mentor on the revival of the Australian television variety programme Young Talent Time : the original Young Talent Time series had made her a household name in the 1970s and 1980s, as Tiny Tina , which screened on Network Ten from 1971 to 1988. In October 2013, Arena released her first English album of original material in eleven years, titled Reset . In the same month, Arena published her first autobiography, titled Now I Can Dance , which is now in its fourth reprint. Also in 2013, Arena participated in the 13th Australian series of Dancing with the Stars , reaching third place behind Cosentino and Rhiannon Fish, respectively.

In September 2015, Tina Arena can be heard hosting shows on SmoothFM Radio Stations from 4:00 pm every Saturday on Sydney's SmoothFM 93.5 and on Melbourne's SmoothFM 91.5. [4] In 2015, Arena was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame at the 2015 ARIA Awards ceremony. [5] On 26 January 2016, Arena was recognised in the Australia Day honours, and appointed as a 'Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia' in recognition of her contribution to the arts and philanthropic work. [6] [7] On 27 April 2016, the Governor-General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, presented Tina Arena with her insignia as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) at a private ceremony in Paris. [7] To celebrate her 40 years in the music industry, Arena released a 31-track 2-CD compilation album called Greatest Hits & Interpretations on 7 April 2017 containing all her hits and covers of her songs by various international artists. This album debuted at No. 2 at the Australian charts and is now her 8th Top 10 album in Australia.

Life and career

1967–87: early life and career beginnings.

Arena was born to Giuseppe "Joe" Arena and Francesca "Franca" Catalfamo (both from Valguarnera, Sicily), Sicilian immigrants, in Melbourne on 1 November 1967. [8] [9] [10] Giuseppe was a rural worker in Sicily and then a cane cutter in Cairns in 1955. By the following year he was a labourer in Melbourne and later worked for Victorian Railways. [8] : 7 [9] Arena grew up in Moonee Ponds with two sisters, Nancy and Silvana; [10] her family calls her Pina which provided her stage name, Tina. [11] For secondary schooling she attended St. Columba's College, Essendon from 1980 and completed Year 12 in 1985. She later recalled her upbringing "It was a very Italian household, it was a very traditional household. There was a lot of love but there was a lot of discipline. And there was no room for pretentiousness. Really, there just wasn't." [11]

As a child Arena listened to Spanish, Italian and French songs that were in her family's record collection. At five she was the flower girl at her cousin Gaetano's wedding, and at the reception she urged her father to approach the host so that she could sing – Daryl Braithwaite's version of "You're My World" – it was her first public performance. [11] She received singing lessons from Voila Ritchie who recommended her to appear on a TV talent quest and variety show, Young Talent Time . [11] Initially appearing as a contestant Arena became Tiny Tina, a regular member of the show's Young Talent Team in 1976. [11] [12] [13] For her first appearance she sang ABBA's "Ring Ring". [13]

As a member of the team Arena performed cover versions of popular tracks and in 1977 released a split album, Tiny Tina and Little John , alternating tracks with fellow team member, John Bowles. [14] While with the TV series she appeared in TV specials, at shopping centres or tourist venues. [15] In September 1982 she became a "coach" for new team members, Danielle Minogue and Mark McCormack; Arena told The Australian Women's Weekly ' s Debbie Byrne that "They seem to be settling down a lot quicker than I did. They both have a really professional attitude." [16] At 14, she told Byrne "my aim: to be a recording artist and actress but, now, I have to concentrate simply on what I'm doing and that can take enough effort." [17]

Arena left the show in October 1983 ahead of her 16th birthday – the program's stipulation to give way for younger members – performing "The Way We Were" and "McArthur Park" for her finale. [18] She completed her Higher School Certificate (final year of secondary school) and was hired as an insurance clerk but resigned after three months to pursue a music career. [18]

At the age of 17, Arena signed a record deal with Graffiti Records, which released her debut single, "Turn Up the Beat", in 1985. Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, described it as having a "dance-pop" style. [12] The Sydney Morning Herald ' s Tim Elliott reflected that it "failed to impress." [10] It had been recorded in the previous year with Brian Cadd producing at Flagstaff Studios in Melbourne. [19] When the single did not appear in the top 50 her planned album was scrapped. [19]

Arena sang advertisement jingles and worked on the pub and club circuit. [10] [20] She performed solo shows and in bands, including as a member of a nine-piece ensemble, Network. [12] She also appeared in musicals. [21] In 1987 she supported American artist, Lionel Richie on his Australian tour, [12] following a number of charity performances.

1988–93: Debut solo album – Strong as Steel

During 1988, Arena appeared as a guest on Australian TV shows recalling her tenure on Young Talent Time and looking for a new record label. In 1990 she had a singing and dancing role in the David Atkins' musical, Dynamite , for a 10-month run. [12] Also that year she signed with EMI and reinvented her image as a raunchy disco diva. [12] In April she issued a single, "I Need Your Body", [22] which peaked at No. 3 on the ARIA Singles Chart. [23] McFarlane described it as "uptempo" with the associated music video "projecting a raunchy disco-diva persona ... flaunting a pouting rock starlet with bouncing cleavage and attitude to burn." [12] Australian journalist, Ed Nimmervoll, noticed that she used "raunchy videos showing off her cleavage as if to prove she was a woman now." [24]

The artist followed with another single, "The Machine's Breaking Down", in August 1990, which peaked in the top 30. [23] Her debut solo album, Strong as Steel , was released in October, which peaked at number 17 on the ARIA Albums Chart. [23] Most of the album was produced by Ross Inglis. [12] [25] Penelope Layland of The Canberra Times opined that "the frantic single, 'I Need Your Body', is quite uncharacteristic of much of the music on Tina Arena's album, Strong As Steel . In fact it is one of the weakest tracks on an album which bounces with potential pop hits." [25]

According to Nimmervoll, Arena "was not comfortable. This was not her. This was not what she wanted to be for the rest of her life. Tina went into seclusion while she decided what to do next, moving to Los Angeles to be a nobody again." [24] She had relocated to LA in 1991 where she took more singing lessons and started song writing. [12] Upon return to Australia, in 1993, she performed in the local musical theatre production, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , as the Narrator. [12] [13] [24]

1994–96: Second solo album – Don't Ask

Tina Arena's second solo studio album, Don't Ask , was released on 21 November 1994 and was produced by David Tyson for Columbia Records . According to Nimmervoll during recording "Tina nearly broke down. This was an all-important moment in her career." [24] Arena co-wrote all ten tracks of the original Australian version. [26] She recalled, "I had gotten used to singing other people's songs, but this time they are my songs and my experience so I can sing them like I mean it. The record is honest and sincere and simple." [27]

McFarlane noticed it demonstrated a "more mature, sophisticated, soul-tinged style and approach ... [and] her powerful, crystal clear voice more than adequately matched the material on offer." [12] Kelvin Hayes of AllMusic felt that "a lot of Don't Ask remains twee. However, there are good moments." [28] It peaked at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart – a year after its release – and remained in the top 50 for 83 weeks. [23] It reached No. 11 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 12 in New Zealand. [29] [30]

Don't Ask was the highest-selling album of 1995 in Australia and one of the biggest-selling albums by an Australian female singer to date. [12] [24] It has sold over two million copies worldwide and was certified 10 times platinum by ARIA in 2011 for shipment of over 700,000 copies in that country alone. [24] [31] [32] The success of the record made her a "priority artist" for Sony , who marketed her in the US. [12] Her European success was realised: Don't Ask charted in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. [33] [34] [35]

The lead single, "Chains", was issued ahead of the album in September 1994 in Australia, which peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Singles Chart. [23] It also reached No. 6 in the UK, [29] No. 7 in New Zealand, [30] No. 9 in Ireland and No. 20 in Canada. [12] In 1995 she toured Europe, appearing on Top of the Pops , which broadcast to an audience of 60 million people. In the European market Arena was an unknown and a fresh commodity, she opined: "I loved every minute of that – of people not knowing who I was. I guess it was tiring fighting the individual thing. It was good to not be a part of a past and being accepted as an artist. Not having to carry this Young Talent Time luggage which was constantly shoved in my face." [13] Five additional singles were released, "Sorrento Moon (I Remember)" (February 1995), "Heaven Help My Heart" (May), "Wasn't It Good" (September), "Show Me Heaven" (November) and "That's the Way a Woman Feels" (March 1996). [12] [23] [24]

At the ARIA Music Awards of 1995 Arena was nominated in six categories and won four trophies: Best Pop Release and Song of the Year for "Chains"; and Album of the Year and Best Female Artist for Don't Ask . [36] At the 1996 ceremony she received five more nominations and won Highest Selling Album for Don't Ask . [36] Other accolades she earned were Variety Club Entertainer of the Year, an Advance Australia Foundation award, and a World Music Award. [27]

1997–2000: In Deep and Sydney Olympic Games

Arena relocated to Los Angeles in 1996 and 1997 to record her third solo studio album, In Deep (18 August 1997), which became her second number-one album in Australia. [12] [23] [24] For the Australian version of the album Arena co-wrote eleven of its twelve tracks – her fellow writers include Mick Jones (of Foreigner ), David Tyson, Christopher Ward , Dean McTaggart , Pam Reswick and Steve Werfel. [27] The album included her cover version of Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is", originally written by Jones who produced Arena's version. In Deep "was recorded predominantly live in the studio in an attempt to bring the material closer to Tina's stage performance persona" with four tracks produced by Tyson and the rest by Jones. [24] In Deep was certified 3× platinum in Australia. [37] William Ruhlmann of AllMusic found the US version of the album showed that "Her own songs, co-written with a team of others, are perfectly good contemporary pop/rock, and she sings them with passionate commitment" and it was "brimming with potential hit singles (it spawned three in Australia)." [38]

In Deep , in its different versions, provided ten singles, with the lead one, "Burn", appearing in July 1997, [23] which had some US airplay. The track was co-written by Arena with Reswick and Werfel. [26] In Australian it debuted at No. 2 and was certified gold upon its release. [23] [39] It was also a hit in Asia. Besides the English language version she also recorded it in Spanish and Italian (in the form of "Ti Voglio Qui"). The second single, "If I Didn't Love You" (November) appeared in the ARIA top 50. [23] In April of the following year she issued "Now I Can Dance", which peaked at No. 13. [23] In the UK Arena released "Whistle Down the Wind" (June 1998) as a cover version single, it was the title track from the 1996 musical of the same name, her version reached the UK Singles Chart top 30. [29]

Arena's duet with US artist, Marc Anthony , "I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You", from the feature film soundtrack for The Mask of Zorro (July 1998), gave her European chart success. [12] The track was issued as a non-album single in Australia in September, but did not reached the top 50. [23] It was included on the French release version of In Deep , appearing in October, which peaked at No. 3 on the French Albums Chart – a year after its first entry – and spent 88 weeks on that chart. [40] It also reached the top 10 in Belgium and top 40 in Switzerland. [35] [41] It was certified 3× platinum by Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (SNEP) in May 2001 for sales in France. [42] "I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You" had been issued in Europe in September 1998, it peaked at No. 3 in France – her first charting single in that market. [40] It also reached No. 3 in the Netherlands and top 10 in Belgium. [41] [43]

She toured the US from March 1999 to promote the album's local release, as well as another single, "If I Was a River", which did peak in the UK top 40. [12] [29] Sony attempted to "break" Arena into the US market by the release of "If I Was a River", penned by Diane Warren . Ruhlmann felt the label had an "obvious plan is to turn her into a down-under Celine Dion" however the album and its singles "had no commercial impact upon release in the U.S." and "must be considered a disappointment." [38] Her US foray included appearances on TV shows such as Donny & Marie . In February 1999 she teamed with label-mate Donna Summer to perform a cover version of "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"; the duet appeared on Summer's live album, Live & More Encore (June 1999).

Arena's first French language single, "Aller plus haut" (English: "Go Higher", July 1999), appeared on the continental version of In Deep , which peaked at No. 2 on the local singles chart; [40] it has sold 600,000 copies in that country. [44] It also became her first number-one hit on the Belgian Singles Chart. [41] Her second French language single was a cover version of "Les trois cloches" (English: "The Three Bells", January 2000), which reached No. 4 in France and another number-one hit in Belgium. [40] [41] From May that year she lived in London while she appeared in the lead role of Esméralda for the stage musical, Notre Dame de Paris during a six-month run. [12] [45] Carr, by now her ex-husband, had claimed in Business Review Weekly (2000) that Arena was paid $200,000 per week when she was performing in Notre Dame de Paris . [46] [47]

Arena sang "The Flame" (written by John Foreman ) at the 2000 Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics on 15 September. [48] Seven Network covered the national broadcast across Australia, which become the highest rating TV telecast in Australian history. [49] John Farnham , Olivia Newton-John , Vanessa Amorosi , Human Nature and Julie Anthony were some of the other Australian artists who appeared at the opening ceremony and contributed to the various artists' album, The Games of the XXVII Olympiad: Official Music from the Opening Ceremony (September 2000). [49] [50] She recalled, "When I sang at the Olympics, I cared about the fact that I was Australian. And I was touched because I was an ethnic girl, of ethnic blood but that WAS Australian. Because I was born here, this is where I grew up, this is where I learned everything." [11]

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2000 in October the singer-songwriter received an Outstanding Achievement Award. [36] In the following month she issued her first compilation album, Souvenirs , which reached the ARIA top 40. [23]

2001–07: Just Me , "Never (Past Tense)" and Un autre univers

Arena's fourth solo studio album, Just Me , was released on 12 November 2001 and debuted at No. 7 in Australia; [23] it reached the top 50 in France and top 70 in Switzerland. [35] [40] She co-wrote tracks with Nile Rodgers ( Madonna , Diana Ross ), Desmond Child ( Ricky Martin , Aerosmith ), Robbie Nevil ( Earth, Wind & Fire ), Mark Hudson ( Eric Clapton , Cher ), Victoria Shaw and Peter-John Vettese ( Dido , Paul McCartney ). The album explored different genres, containing more upbeat tracks as opposed to her two previous studio records which featured her soprano voice on slow pop ballads. Although written after the divorce from Carr, she said that the record is not angry nor bitter but rather a "celebration of womanhood". [51] It was certified gold by ARIA and by SNEP (France). [52] [53]

To promote Just Me she showcased it for 150 people, mostly Australian TV and media personalities, in Melbourne. [54] The record provided four singles including, "Symphony of Life" (September 2002), which peaked at No. 8 in Australia and top 50 (as "Symphonie de l'âme") in France. [23] In November 2008 she performed the track at the closing of the Gay Games, when the international sporting event was held in Sydney. [55] She was featured on 2 (November 2002), a duets album from Olivia Newton-John for which the pair recorded an uptempo track, "I'll Come Runnin'".

In March 2002 Arena posed for a semi-nude photo shoot by James Houston for Black+White magazine. [56] She explained, "This shoot isn't about shock value, and it's not porn, it's an elegant, understated and honest exercise in challenging my sexuality and learning to love myself again." [57] She appeared in Cabaret in August that year in Sydney in the lead role of Sally Bowles. [45] [56]

In April 2003, Arena and US electronica group, Roc Project, released a dance music single "Never (Past Tense)", [58] which reached No. 1 on the US Billboard dance top 10. The single included seven house and electronic dance music remixed versions by various DJs. [59] This was the first time three performers associated with Young Talent Time were simultaneously in the chart's Top 10 with Dannii Minogue's "I Begin to Wonder" and Kylie Minogue 's "Slow" also appearing on the chart.

"Never (Past Tense)" was used on the US TV series, Queer as Folk , and on its associated soundtrack album (2003). The singer-songwriter performed the Tiësto remix with a new remix of "Dare You to Be Happy" live at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras after party in March 2005. [60] By 2014 she had performed at the Mardi Gras for a fourth time: she is one of the gay icons of this generation. [61] [62]

In October 2004, Arena released Greatest Hits 1994–2004 , her second compilation album, which peaked at No. 10 in Australia. [23] [63] The compilation provided a newly recorded track as a single, "Italian Love Song" (November), which reached the top 40. [23] After its release she left the recording label, striking a new deal with Sony Music BMG, France. [63] She embarked on an Australian national tour in late 2004 to early 2005 to support the album.

Her debut French language album, Un autre univers was released in December 2005 and gained a platinum certificate from SNEP in February 2006, [64] it reached No. 9 on the French charts and remained for 78 weeks. [40] It provided a single, "Aimer jusqu'à l'impossible" which peaked at No. 3 on the French charts and stayed in the top 5 for over 10 weeks. [40] The single peaked at No. 1 in Belgium and was a top 20 hit in Switzerland. [35] [41] The song received an award for Song of the Year in France. [65] A second single "Je m'appelle Bagdad" was released in June 2006, peaking at No. 6 in France and No. 8 in Belgium. [40] [41] The third and final single from the album, "Tu aurais dû me dire (Oser parler d'amour)" (English: "You Should Have Told Me (Dare to Speak of Love)"), was issued in October.

Arena toured France, including two concerts at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin in Paris. She performed her French hits and some of her Australian repertoire. In July she appeared on The Footy Show where she performed, with fellow Australian singer Kane Alexander, direct from Munich's Prince Regent's Theatre. [66]

In 2006, she appeared on various European TV shows to promote the album and has appeared in Night of the Proms, Star Academy , Fête de la Musique, Les Enfoirés and the NRJ Music Awards where she performed her single, "Aimer jusqu'à l'impossible" (English: "Love Even the Impossible", November 2005) backed by her French contemporaries: Anggun , Leslie Bourgoin, Amel Bent , Nâdiya, Lââm and Natasha St-Pier . [67]

2007–09: Songs of Love & Loss 1 and 2

Arena returned to the London stage in April 2007, starring as Roxie Hart in the West End production of Chicago . [68] Her sixth studio album, Songs of Love & Loss , was recorded independently and self-financed as she no longer had a recording contract in Australia. It was issued on 1 December 2007 after a new deal was struck with EMI . It has torch songs, originally recorded by women in the 1960s and 1970s, including by Dusty Springfield and Diana Ross , and the arrangements featured a full string orchestra conducted by Simon Hale. A promotional tour of Australia, in early November, included appearances on Dancing with the Stars and Sunrise . Five concert dates backed by a 35-piece orchestra were held over December to January: three at the Sydney Opera House and two at Melbourne's Hamer Hall. The album peaked at No. 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart; [23] at the ARIA Music Awards of 2008 it was nominated for Best Selling Album. [36]

While Arena was promoting Songs of Love & Loss in Australia, she shot a music video in and around Sydney for her next French language single, "Entends-tu le monde?" (English: "Do you hear the world?"), was made available to French radio and music TV channels. It appeared on her second French language album, 7 vies (28 January 2008), which debuted at No. 12 on the official French charts, her highest debut in the country. [40] "Entends-tu le monde?" was physically released in February and debuted at No. 10 on the French charts, becoming her sixth top 10 single in that market. [40]

In August 2008, Arena performed with Andrea Bocelli during his Australian tour. [69] The two performed duets of "The Prayer", "Canto della Terra" and a cover of Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love". [70] Prior to the tour she had been in the UK recording her eighth studio album, Songs of Love & Loss 2 , it was released on 15 November 2008, which reached No. 12 in Australia. [23] For this album, her vocals were recorded live with the London Studio Orchestra, again conducted by Hale. [71] On 27 August 2008, alongside fellow Australian singer and songwriter Darren Hayes , Arena appeared as a guest judge during the London auditions of the sixth season of Australian Idol . [72] She appeared again as a guest judge, on 16 November, while she was in Australia to promote, Songs of Love & Loss 2 .

In March 2009 Arena toured Australia and appeared as a guest performer at the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras party singing a medley of "Aimer jusqu'à l'impossible" and "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)", accompanied by Alison Jiear on the latter. [73] She travelled to South Australia to co-headline with US musician, Chris Isaak , at Barossa Under the Stars, an outdoors concert. [74] Also in March 2009 her first French language compilation album, The Best & le meilleur (English: The Best & the best ), was released. The Peel Me Sessions , an album of original material recorded in 2003, was also officially released in May 2009.

2010–12: Young Talent Time revival and Australian symphony orchestra tour

In January 2010, Arena and Irish singer, Ronan Keating (of Boyzone ), were co-headliners for an outdoor concert festival, A Day on the Green, at Swan Valley. [75] They performed tracks from their latest respective albums and were supported by Australian Idol season 4 winner, Damien Leith. [75] [76]

A live CD and DVD was released in Australia in January 2010, Live: The Onstage Collection , where the album peaked at No. 22 on the ARIA Albums Chart. [23] The live recording was her eighth Top 10 album on the ARIA Australian-only Artist Chart and was also promoted and sold during Arena and Keating's concerts.

On 24 July 2011, Arena sang, in a remarkable a cappella performance, the Australian National Anthem on the podium on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées of the Tour de France after the victory by Australian cyclist, Cadel Evans. [77] [78] This was unscheduled and came about because Arena was living in Paris at the time and offered her services only hours before the ceremony. It was the first time in Tour history that a national anthem was performed live on the podium in front of huge crowds and a broadcast audience of millions.

In 2011, she was a judge on the French version of The Sing-Off . [79]

Arena appeared as a judge on the 2012 version of Young Talent Time in Australia, 29 years after her final regular appearance on the original series. [80] After judging the talent shows, she finished her national Australian tour backed by various Australian symphony orchestras with Anthony Callea as a special guest. Arena detailed working on the tour: "They are precious, those moments where the orchestra swells behind you, they are difficult to describe in words and from an adrenalin perspective it is a sensational feeling." [81] [82] In November 2012 she issued her fourth live album released on CD and DVD, Symphony of Life , recorded at one of her Melbourne concerts. [83] Arena's management is Beebox. [84]

2013–14: Reset , Now I Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars Australia

Due to the success of her Symphony of Life Tour, Arena added five extra shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra for February and March 2013 as part of her Encore Concerts. [85] [86] [87] [88] In July she performed two concerts at the Queensland Music Festival. One of these was a solo show backed by the Queensland Youth Orchestra performing her own hits and covers; and the other was with local artists, Christine Anu, Anthony Callea, Rick Price and Katie Noonan paying tribute to the Bee Gees . [89] [90] [91]

She released her first English language solo studio album in eleven years, Reset , on 18 October 2013, which peaked at No. 4 and became her sixth Top 10 album in Australia. [23] [92] It was released in both standard and a deluxe editions (with three extra tracks). It was certified gold in three weeks and then platinum in December 2013. [93] [94] Its lead single, "You Set Fire to My Life" (September), included both studio and acoustic versions; as well as three official remixes by Cosmic Dawn, The Slips and 7th Heaven – it reached the ARIA top 40. [23] The track "Only Lonely" featured in Channel 7's Home and Away promo, which also reached the top 40. [23] [95] Also in October 2013 Arena published her autobiography, Now I Can Dance , written with Jude McGee, to coincide with the release of Reset and is now on its 4th reprint. [96] [5] [97]

Arena performed at G'Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala on 11 January 2014. [98] On 14 March she appeared on Sunrise and performed "You Set Fire to My Life". [99] Also in March the singer-songwriter appeared on So You Think You Can Dance Australia to perform her single, "Reset All" (December 2013), which was accompanied by a routine from two previous winners of the series, Jack Chambers and Talia Fowler. [100]

2015: Eleven and ARIA Hall of Fame Induction

In May 2015, Arena issued Songs of Love & Loss in France. [101] Her eleventh studio album, Eleven was released on 30 October 2015. [102] It was preceded in September by its lead single, "I Want to Love You". Arena premiered the single by performing on the live television show Dancing with the Stars on 4 September 2015. [103]

Arena's latest venture, her new album Eleven , is so named because it is the 11th album of her recording career, but also because she likes its astrological implications' '11' being a figure of enlightenment and artistic sensitivity. Like its predecessor, 2013's Reset , Eleven is a pop-heavy collection, featuring songwriting collaborations with, among others, Kate Miller-Heidke, Hayley Warner and Evermore's Jon Hume. Her new album, was recorded in Sydney, Melbourne, London and Stockholm, as well as in Paris. The Eleven album is a mix of atmospheric electronica (Unravel Me, Overload), smouldering anthems (Wouldn't Be Love If It Didn't, Love Falls, Not Still in Love with You) and dance-friendly pop (Magic). [104] Arena's most recent release, Eleven , became her seventh Top 10 album in Australia by debuting at No. 2 on the ARIA album chart in November 2016, and is now certified gold. [105]

From 28 September 2015, Arena can be heard hosting shows on SmoothFM Radio Stations from 4:00 pm every Saturday on Sydney's SmoothFM 93.5 and on Melbourne's SmoothFM 91.5. [4]

On 25 October 2015, the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) announced that Arena was due to be inducted into their Hall of Fame in the annual awards ceremony in November. [5] In mid-November ARIA announced that she would be inducted by Kylie Minogue, also a Hall of Fame inductee and the sister of Dannii Minogue, a former Young Talent Time contestant. [106] Arena looks forward to enjoying the acknowledgment of her peers at the Australian music industry's gala celebration on November 26, 2015. She is quick to point out that receiving the honour doesn't mean she is entering the twilight of her career. "It's not the end," she says, "Not yet", adding, "I don't have another 40 years in me, I don't know how long it's going to last, but I'm touched by the recognition. It will be an emotional night". [104] In November 2015, Arena was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame at the 2015 ARIA Awards ceremony. [5]

2016–present: Australia Day Honours

On Australia Day, 26 January 2016, Arena was recognised in the Australia Day honours, which the country's sovereign awards its citizens for actions or deeds that benefit the nation. Arena has been appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia—Order of Australia—in recognition of her contribution to the arts, representing Australia on the world stage and philanthropic work. [6]

On 27 April 2016, the Governor General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, awarded Tina Arena with her Order of Australia (AM) Medal at a private ceremony in Paris. [7]

On 27 September 2016, she performed at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece, as a special guest of Greek singer George Perris. [107] [108] [109] [110] [111]

On 9 December 2016, Arena, in her capacity as the official ambassador, launched the 'Versailles: Treasures From The Palace' exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), located in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory. The exhibit, which is said to be the most elaborate ever put on by the NGA, features 130 priceless works of 18th century of art flown to Australia from France. [112] [113]

On Australia Day, 26 January 2017, at the 'Australia Day Concert: Live at The Sydney Opera House', Arena joined a collection of Australia's best talent, including Guy Sebastian , Human Nature , Dami Im, children's group The Wiggles, and others, performing contemporary tunes and tributes to the great songs of Australia's past. The 2017 Australia Day Concert was a free public event, organised by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency. [114] Arena, as one of Australia's most accomplished performers, with a career spanning several decades, said prior to the event, "Australia Day is a great opportunity to come out, eat some delicious food, listen to some amazing music and take part in the diversity that defines our country" and "I can't wait to be part of the day - to stand in the middle of the harbour, to sing with the harbour crowds and school choir, and give my own version of a salute to Australia". [115] In April, Arena will release a new compilation album titled, Greatest Hits & Interpretations .

On 21 August 2017, it was announced that Arena would be taking on the lead role of Eva Perón in the 2018 Australian production of Evita , directed by Broadway director, Hal Prince. The production will open at the Sydney Opera House in August 2018, before later embarking on a national tour. [116]

Arena possesses the vocal range of a soprano. [117] [118] [119] [120] She is multilingual: she speaks and sings in English, Italian and French; and also sings in Spanish. [121] [122] [123] Her singing style is characterised as between R&B and ballad. [1] [124]

Numerous media and musical contemporaries have praised Arena's skill as a world-class singer. Music journalist Ed Nimmervoll said that she "has a voice that can give you goosebumps", [24] while news journalist Kate de Brito says that it is "smooth and musical even when she talks." [13] Cameron Adams of the Herald Sun says she has a "beautiful voice telling a beautiful story." [125] William Yeoman of The West Australian commented that "Arena's voice is redolent of both youthful pop and mature cabaret." [126] Limelight Magazine says, "Tina Arena is a performer with a supreme voice, boundless range and energy, and charm to spare." [127] Kelsey Munro of The Sydney Morning Herald says that her voice is "strong, smooth and pitch-perfect." [124] According to Heidi Maier of Tom Magazine, it can be described as "remarkably strong". She also said, "Tina Arena has a powerhouse voice and when she hits her marks, she hits them with forcefulness and verve." [128] Spiritworks Australia says, "Whether she's singing spine-tingling renditions of contemporary classics by Lulu, Dusty Springfield or Blondie or her self-penned hits Sorrento Moon, Chains or Burn, Tina Arena is acclaimed as one of the world's most versatile and magnificent vocal interpreters. Her voice is smooth, rich and streaming with emotion." [129]

The Queensland Music Festival team says, "Tina sparkles with vivacity and class, possessing an outstanding vocal range and a voice that belies her petite stature – endlessly powerful and always resonant with heart and honesty." [130] Queensland Music Festival artistic director, James Morrison said "Tina Arena has one of the most amazing voices I've ever heard." [131] Time Out magazine had a brief description of Tina's voice as it says, "Tina Arena truly boasts two incredible assets - her voice and her versatility ..." [130] Melbourne's 89.9 Light FM declared that Arena is "undisputedly one of Australia's finest voices". [132] Sharyn Hamey, an online music reviewer says that "Arena has an angelic, beautiful and a powerful voice." [133]

Fellow Australian celebrities have praised Arena's vocal prowess with Delta Goodrem saying, "Her voice has strength whilst keeping its feminine warmth to draw you in." Melbourne singer/songwriter, Michael Paynter hailed Arena as "simultaneously the most natural and supernatural female Australian voice ever. She is technically and emotionally perfect, but somehow always has enough of a sniff of imperfection and rawness to make you not only believe every word, but be hanging off them too." Ricki-Lee Coulter also says that "She has so much control and power". Missy Higgins also commented that, "Tina Arena is one of our best singers ever. She could sing the balls off anyone, and she's miniature." Brian Mannix says, "Tina Arena has a tasteful voice. She sells the lyrics with her big voice but never over-sings." Birds of Tokyo frontman says, "Tina Arena can sing the shit out of anything, and do it in four different languages!" Anthony Callea added, "Technically, she is faultless and her tone is unique and warm. I love that she goes against all the 'singers' rules' – I've seen what she eats and drinks before a gig!" [134] Darren Hayes also made an effort in letting the public know that Arena's voice is one of his favourite voices in Australia through Twitter. [135]

Arena's musical influences include Barbra Streisand , Carole King , Dusty Springfield , Petula Clark , Aretha Franklin and various Italian singers. She also admitted that in a non-musical perspective, Princess Diana inspired her and called her "a great role model for women". [11] [27]

Arena's tracks have been covered by country music artists, including Wynonna Judd ("Heaven Help My Heart", "Love's Funny That Way"), Jo Dee Messina ("Burn"), Pam Tillis ("If I Didn't Love You"), Terri Clark ("Unsung Hero"), Kellie Coffey, Kathie Baillie ("Love's Funny That Way") and LeAnn Rimes ("You Made Me Find Myself"). [26] [136] [137]

Younger artists have covered Tina's songs in singing competitions as well, such as the winner of the second season of Australian Idol, Casey Donovan who recorded Arena's "Symphony of Life" for her album For You and both Filipino artist Sarah Geronimo and Australian Anthony Callea who admits to be a fan of Arena's, recorded "I Want to Know What Love Is" including the bridge that was written specifically for Arena's version. Sarah De Bono who came in at fourth place when she joined The Voice Australia also recorded Arena's ("If I Didn't Love You"). Filipino artists Nina and Christian Bautista recorded a duet version of "Burn" that appeared on Nina's album Nina Live! while Regine Velasquez did a live performance on Philippine television. Erik Santos and Sheryn Regis also recorded their version of Arena and Marc Anthony 's duet, "I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You". [138] [139] [140]

In 2001, Arena was awarded a BMI Songwriting Award (Broadcast Music Inc.) by the American performance rights organisation for co-writing "Burn" with Pam Reswick and Steve Werfel. [141]

In April 2013 Arena was voted Australia's all-time greatest female singer and third greatest singer overall in an industry poll conducted by Australian music journalist, Cameron Adams, for the Herald Sun . [134] [142] [143] As of July 2014 she has sold over 10 million records worldwide. [144] [145]

In November 2015, Arena was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame at the 2015 ARIA Awards ceremony. [5]

On 'Australia Day' - 26 January 2016 - Arena has been recognised in the Australia Day honors, which the country's sovereign awards its citizens for actions or deeds that benefit the nation. Arena has been appointed as a 'Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia' - Order of Australia - in recognition of her contribution to the arts, representing Australia on the world stage and philanthropic work.

Personal life

During her career, Arena has resided in Australia, United States, France, and the United Kingdom. [146]

In December 1995, Arena married her then-manager, Ralph Carr, who had been her manager since 1992. [147] The two had enjoyed considerable success, producing her 1994 album 'Don't Ask'. Their divorce was finalised in 1999, while they settled their financial and contractual matters in February 2002. [11] [12] [148]

In the late-1990s, Arena relocated from Australia to reside in Paris, France. [149] [150] In 2000, Arena met the French artist Vincent Mancini with whom she has a son, Gabriel Joseph Mancini, born in 2005. [96] [151]

In 2012, Arena and her family relocated from Paris, France to reside in Melbourne, Australia. She moved back, full-time, at the end of October 2012, after almost two decades living in France and London, with her partner, Vincent Mancini and their son. Arena says, "It was time. I've been away 20-odd years, worked internationally and done some great things, [but] I just felt it was time to come home". What Arena wants more than anything right now, is time with her family, including her parents, Giuseppe and Franca, and sisters Nancy and Silvana. "I want to be with my family and have my son experience what it's like growing up in Australia", she says, "it's really important for me". [152]

Music industry politics

Tina Arena has been a prominent vocal supporter of female artists in the music industry, particularly celebrating the long-term careers of mature women artists. Arena believes we should embrace and celebrate ageing and not fall victim to ageism – especially in the music industry where the maturity of women is not seen as viable or relevant. [153]

To the British newspaper The Guardian , Arena describes herself as somebody with "certain points on the board" - someone who has been "tenacious, resilient, hung around for a long time" and "done everything in their power to hone their craft". It is from the place – as one of Australia's great musical dames – that she makes abrasive critiques of what constitutes a career in music today. "I've struggled with the phantasmal aspect that has been a part of what we do" she says. "The fact that it has been really glamourised, glorified, also dumbed down as well. Thus, she argues that the music industry has been peddling shoddy wares, saying "It's a business template they've used. They've told people that you can be a star and sold that dream to everybody. I think it's been a huge irresponsibility". [154]

In December 2016, in the Rolling Stone video series 'Her Sound, Her Story: Tina Arena', she discusses how the music industry squanders women as both they and their careers mature. "You’ve got to give me a really damn good reason why somebody, who is in the prime of their career and are doing really good work, why on earth they should stop? Are you going to tell a male who is at the top of his game in whatever domain, that he needs to step down and retire?". Speaking to series creators Michelle Grace Hunder and Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore, Arena goes on to talk about the importance of female solidarity, mentioning how competition between women can be (and has been) dismantled by supportive relationships and encouragement of other women. Arena says "Get out of the ring. Take your boxing gloves off. Be convinced in the argument of your thoughts and your dreams". [155]

Autobiography

Arena's autobiography, Now I Can Dance , published by HarperCollins, was released on 14 October 2013 in paperback and E-book format. It is billed by HarperCollins as "Honest and intimate, funny and frank, Now I Can Dance is the long-awaited memoir from the very special, much-loved singer, songwriter and pop diva, Tina Arena." [156] She told Kathy McCabe of News Corp Australia that "I don't need to put a book out to put food on the table. It started to dawn on me in the last year that I have had an unbelievable life and I want people to know it's been hilarious, there's been a lot of laughter in my journey." [96]

Arena has used her fame to help several causes and is a patron to two charities in Australia: child protection organization Barnardos and 'Soldier On', which supports rehabilitation for ex-services men and women. [157] In her support she is an official patron for a charitable organization 'Soldier On', which assists mentally and physically wounded Australian soldiers. Arena said, "It's vital that Australian soldiers have access to support when they return from overseas, and 'Soldier On' will make a much needed difference in the lives of wounded veterans and their families. 'Soldier On' is the first charity of its kind in Australia and I am honoured to be a Patron." [158]

In July 2013 she performed at the Melbourne Asbestos Cancer Fundraiser, which donated funds raised to support Mesothelioma research undertaken at the Olivia-Newton John Cancer & Wellness Centre and the Austin Hospital, Melbourne. [159] [160] She was also a participant, with partner Damian Whitewood, in the 13th Australian season of Dancing with the Stars which commenced in September 2013 and nominated Barnardos Australia as her charity; the pair finished in third place.

Arena took part in Australia's biggest TV charity appeal, Telethon, in Perth on 20 October 2013. [161] On 21 December 2013 she opened Sydney's annual Carols in the Domain concert with "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and performed her single "Reset All" at the closing of the event. [162] She has also performed at several benefit concerts, including Live 8 in Paris and for Queensland Flood Relief in 2013. [157]

In November 2014, Arena released a cover version of the 10cc 's 1976 song, The Things We Do For Love , with money raised going towards the National Breast Cancer Foundation. [163]

She is now reflecting on nearly 40 years in the music industry and relates all of her achievements back to her Australian beginnings: "If it wasn't for Australia, I would never have been able to have been catapulted internationally and to have done the things that I've been able to do. It was because of Australia that I've done that". she told AAP, in 2013. [157]

Discography

List of some notable TV appearances Arena has made over the years.

Arena has won several awards, including seven ARIA Awards and the World Music Award for best-selling Australian artist, which she received in both 1996 and 2000. In 2009 she was awarded the Knighthood of the Order of National Merit by the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, for her contributions to French culture. She is the first Australian to have received that order of state. [175] [176] [177] In November 2015 she was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame at the annual awards ceremony. [5]

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Tina Arena: 'I hated the fact I hit 40 and radio wouldn’t play me'

Having been in the spotlight since she was nine, her decades-long career is an exemplar of how Australia treats its female artists

Show me the girl at nine and I’ll show you the woman at 51.

Tina Arena first appeared on Australian television screens in the children’s talent show Young Talent Time in 1974. Known as Pina at home, the little girl with a big voice was so popular with viewers that the station was inundated with requests to give her a regular spot.

She worked six-day weeks during her seven years on the show while also studying, including a gruelling commute from Moonee Ponds across Melbourne to Nunawading.

That was the girl. Tina Arena at 51 – still tiny, still with a big voice – continues to work like there’s a demon on her heels. As well as live shows, retrospective albums and a memoir, she starred in the hit musical Evita to great acclaim . This week she appears at the Melbourne writers’ festival for an evening of stories and song with the opera singer Deborah Cheetham.

Meeting Guardian Australia towards the end of a long Melbourne winter, Arena sits in a crowded Kooyong cafe, recovering from a cold. She’s almost unrecognisable – swamped in a big jumper, no makeup and wearing large, clear-framed glasses.

Arena has had decades in the public eye. One of the few globally famous Australian pop stars, she has sold more than 10m albums worldwide, with her second solo album, 1994’s Don’t Ask, yielding the hits Sorrento Moon (I Remember) and Chains. She has worked across genres and media, appearing in musicals, on reality TV – Dancing with the Stars – and at music festivals.

She spent two decades living outside Australia, settling mostly in France , where she found fame: in 2011, she became the first Australian to be awarded a knighthood of the French national order of merit, presented by President Nicolas Sarkozy, for her contributions to French culture.

Tina Arena singing in front of a row of microphones in a white dress

When she returned to Australia a few years ago with her husband and son, she says she noticed Melbourne was different. “Everything became really fast and everything took twice as long to get anywhere. I was permanently lost on the roads. I noticed that the energy had changed and the city had changed really drastically. There was something that had become impersonal about it.

“The move to Australia came with challenges to adapting from a Mediterranean way of life to a pretty Germanic, Anglicised country that functions in many ways quite rigidly.”

This rigidity encompasses what Australians expect from its artists. In many ways, Arena has served as an exemplar of how Australia treats women in the spotlight at different stages of their careers.

In her youth, it was all about cuteness, costumes and cover songs.

In her 20s, when she wanted to break into mainstream pop, the media focus switched to her body: specifically, she writes in her memoir, her cleavage in the dress she wore in the film clip for I Need Your Body.

And, post-40, the only local station that would play her music was Smooth FM.

With a frankness that is characteristic of our two-hour breakfast, Arena says: “I hated the fact I hit 40 and radio wouldn’t play me. I think it’s bullshit. I don’t get it … Someone of a certain age and certain experience and certain gender is no longer relevant – says fucking who?”

Still, Arena is too popular, talented and outspoken to stay in her box. And she has found something of a new audience: Gen Z have discovered her and made her an icon of nostalgia in the same way they have with Daryl Braithwaite. Arena has performed twice at Splendour in the Grass, with Client Liaison and Matt Corby.

Like John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes and Kylie Minogue, she has been famous for most of her life, and so is uniquely placed to talk about how that feels .

Take, for example, selfies. Or rather, don’t take them. Arena is not a fan of the smartphone – “With technology I have even seen my anxiety levels rise to disproportionate levels” – but gets asked to pose for them on an almost daily basis. She prefers a chat instead.

“I don’t do selfies. Since I stopped doing that, I’ve had some of the most wonderful rapport and conversations with people that have asked me for a selfie. And I say, ‘You know what, I’m not comfortable doing that any more,’ because 99.9% of the time you look back at the photos and you look like shit.”

Then there’s how the images are used on social media: “I’ve known you for 10 seconds ... I’m not your best mate and you’re not mine. We’re just having a fantastic human interaction. And people are amazing when you are honest with them and tell them how you feel.”

Client Liaison and Tina Arena performing at Splendour in the Grass in 2017

Arena’s fans span all ages and walks of life, and include Scott Morrison, who once named her his favourite pop star.

“He’s got bad taste. What can I say,” says Arena dryly. Then she turns serious. “He’s a sweet man … I met the prime minister on a few occasions and he and his family have been really delightful. I look at him as a human being first and foremost, not as the prime minister. He’s a pretty cool man. He has quite a lot of humility.”

Humility is something Arena prizes. While some people struggle with invisibility, fame brings the opposite problem. “There is too much visibility. You become the focus of everything and everyone and it’s not healthy. It’s not healthy and it’s not natural,.

“It makes me feel for those around me ... You see people literally gravitating towards you and everything else is a blur. That makes me very uncomfortable.”

But it is hard to be normal when celebrity creates a distorted lens with which to view the world.

“I think I got disconnected after being on the road for so long and having weathered so many different trials and tribulations during that time and journey. I spent years going on and off planes in different countries in different time zones … 14- to 15-hour days for two to three weeks in a row. At a certain point your brain is fried, which is what happened to me.”

But weren’t those years at least a bit glamorous?

“It’s one of the loneliest existences around, actually ... on the outside [that person] seems to be living an extraordinary journey. The way they are living privately in a lot of cases is completely different. It was very lonely.”

In those years on the road, her first marriage broke down. Her second marriage though, to a Frenchman, Vincent Mancini, is extremely happy. They both love nature, travelling and exploring the countryside.

“We go bushwalking. Vince opened up my eyes to another world … We’re a little bit more hippie at heart.”

As for what’s next, in the short term, at least, Arena is really looking forward to some rest. It’s been a long time coming.

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Voice of an era - Tina Arena

One of the greatest Australian voices of all time, the iconic and inspirational Tina Arena AM, brings her Enchanté tour to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Saturday 15 May as part of Live at the Bowl .

Considered a national treasure, Jane Gazzo explores our love affair with the artist who recently celebrated 40 years in show business and why her voice is stronger than ever.

When Tina Arena was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2015, she asked the audience a significant question:

“Who decides in radio that a woman at a certain point in her life no longer becomes viable? A musician’s career should be decided by the artist themselves, not a radio station.”

Arena was sending an earnest message to music programmers across the country and speaking from her own experience of being ostracised from radio in the past decade.

“I’ve struggled with the lack of support which is the reason why I took that opportune moment when I was being inducted, to make the speech that I did,” she says.

“It wasn’t an easy thing to do… but also understanding that it was time and appropriate.”

Arena has never shied away from using her voice to initiate change and speak her truth. For weeks after that Hall of Fame speech, discussions lingered across media and print about the inequality of women in the music industry and ‘ageism’ in the charts and on radio.

They were exactly the kind of discussions she was hoping for.

There are many Australian artists who possess beauty, grace and class but there is nobody quite like Tina Arena.

The daughter of a migrant family who settled in Melbourne’s north western suburb of Moonee Ponds, Arena was introduced to us via our television screens throughout the 70s and early 80s, and now she holds a special place in all of our hearts.

She made a lasting impression on Young Talent Time as ‘Tiny Tina’, the little girl with the big voice.

She was just 8-years-old when she joined the show as a permanent cast member, and with that powerful vocal range and dynamic stage presence, it wasn’t long before the entire country knew her name. We watched her change costumes and hair styles as frequently as the song and dance numbers she was performing weekly on screen with the Young Talent Team. We also watched as she transitioned publically into a teenager and after performing on the popular program for seven years, watched as she bid farewell to the nation. As she was approaching her 16th birthday, Arena belted out her final numbers on Young Talent Time ; memorable versions of ‘Macarthur Park’ and ‘The Way We Were’. If it wasn’t for Arena’s strength of spirit, it might have been the last we heard of her. She tried her hand at working office jobs after leaving Young Talent Time , but they didn’t work out. She knew her calling was music. Arena graduated from child TV star and carved out a successful solo career. Her second solo record Don't Ask was the highest-selling album of 1995 in Australia and one of the biggest selling albums by an Australian female singer to date. Don't Ask (featuring the hits ‘Chains’, ‘Wasn’t It Good’, ‘Sorrento Moon’ and ‘Heaven Help My Heart’) sold millions worldwide and was certified 14 times platinum in Australia. In 1995, she also made history by becoming the first female artist to win both song and album of the year at the ARIA Awards for Don’t Ask , but the accolade was almost bittersweet. “I was really shocked when I found out that I was the first woman to win that award,” she explains. “I was really sad, when I should’ve been joyous. And I went, ‘How come I’m the first woman to win this?’ What about all the other women before me who’ve been doing stunning work? I couldn’t get my head around it..” A conversation with Arena is refreshing for any music journalist. She has strong views on everything from where she stands with sexism in the music industry to raising her teenage son in an age of social media pressure. They are the kind of views that come with a grounded sense of family morals and values. Few artists are keen to share their personal views for fear of backlash or upsetting the status quo, but Arena has always done things her own way. This, in turn with her artistry, has set her apart from many of her contemporaries and is perhaps one of the many secrets of her success. She has never been afraid to call out any kind of injustices as she sees them, especially when it comes to discrimination of women in the music industry. ”I think there needs to be a very honest discussion about it,” she says, “And a discussion where people really genuinely understand that there is inequality and that they too have a responsibility as those people in key positions to be able to change that. Because we can only change it together.” And it’s this steadfast resolve that has seen Tina Arena be embraced by a whole new generation of fans. Much like Daryl Braithwaite, Jimmy Barnes and Kylie Minogue, Arena has won over the Gen Z crowd who have christened her as a cool nostalgia icon. She has performed at Splendour in the Grass twice – once with electro-pop upstarts Client Liaison and then with young singer-songwriter Matt Corby. Then in 2017, she was the keynote speaker for the Bigsound Music Conference where she again won over a new generation of fans as she talked about her remarkable 40-plus year career journey in the Australian music industry. But perhaps it’s the things we as the public don’t often hear about that keeps Tina Arena such an interesting and curious artist. In 2003 she collaborated with New York based DJ, The Roc Project on a track called, ‘Never (Past Tense)’ which became a major dancefloor hit in America. There was another release with French rapper and beat maker Axiom called ‘Bagdad’ which mixed French hip hop with Arena’s soaring vocals and was picked up by dance radio throughout France. And who can forget her 2017 collaboration with aforementioned Sydney outfit Client Liaison on ‘Foreign Affair’. In 2016, Tina was invited to sing as a guest of honour at the prestigious Odeon of the Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece – a venue of great prominence and culture. “That was amazing!” she smiles, “When you arrive at a venue that is more than 2500 years old where every rock has been strategically placed. Where every porthole, where everything that surrounds you is steeped in history and beauty… It doesn't get any better than that.” And then there is France. It was a country where Tina Arena found unexpected success in the 00s through theatre work and later, her recordings which became instant hits. She clocked up over five million album sales there alone. In 2009, the French showed their love and appreciation for Tina Arena when she was bestowed the highest possible honour for an Australian artist: a knighthood of the French Order of Merit for her contributions to French arts and culture. At the time, Arena attributed the award to ‘an honest career’ – she had never tried to be anything but herself when it came to her artistry and expression; a trait she believes the French valued above all else. Honesty is also a word she uses when casting her mind back to her iconic 1994 hit ‘Chains’. It enjoyed massive airplay and Top 10 chart success in 12 different countries and is probably one of her most requested songs to date. “I'm really proud of that piece of work,” she says. “It is a particular song and a particular subject matter that I think any human from any walk of life, from any colour and creed can completely relate to. And I think that’s why it maybe did have the effect that it did.”

To this day ‘Chains’ also enjoys status as Arena’s most played work on Australian radio – on mostly nostalgic stations, despite the fact she has released countless singles since ‘Chains’ including her most recent single ‘Church’; a stunning and dramatic pop piece co-written with Bachelor Girl’s Tania Doko. Despite the name, the song is not deep in religious undertones but more an empowering anthem, although whether Australian radio will pick up ‘Church’ and play it is anyone’s guess, but it does bring us back to her 2015 ARIA Hall of Fame Speech. “Women have always been at a great disadvantage in the music industry in Australia, whatever department. Whether it be radio, whether it be singers, whether it be songwriters, whether it be sound engineers, whether it be lighting, production. We have always been on the back foot and I just thought it was time that I spoke up about it and told people that it's not acceptable that that continue to be the standard in this country… What it was, was to make them (the radio programmers) aware that we deserve to be heard, even in our 40s, regardless of whether you desire us physically or not. It should never be the prime motivation. The motivation should be the spirit of the woman and what it is that we both have to give one another and that we have to learn from one another.” A fierce advocate for positive change within the arts industry, now more than ever, Arena’s voice is incredibly relevant and an inspiration for a whole new generation. Her presence has also paved the way for upcoming Australian female artists to reach new heights. To enjoy a career in the music industry is a feat but to have endured the decades without changing to stylistically suit the times, to always speak your truth and call out that which you feel is not balanced and to still remain an important and beloved artist both here and overseas, is a triumph. Quite simply, Tina Arena is a national treasure. Enchanté: The Songs of Tina Arena With special guest Eric Avery and accompanied by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra As part of Live at the Bowl on Saturday 15 May

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Love Saves has become my new mantra and fittingly, the name of my 7th all English studio album – my first album of original material in almost 8 years.  Love Saves is more than a new chapter in my career, it marks the beginning of an entirely new book! It represents a re-birth, a renaissance of sorts, a musical journal of my life during the pandemic.

Like many of us, I retreated inwards. I found solace in music. I processed my feelings the only way I know how – through my art. From rock bottom, I ran the gauntlet of human emotion. I faced my own demons, emerging the other side transformed, triumphant, renewed and at peace.

I am grateful for the opportunity to share my musings with you – my loyal audience, fans old and new. If not for you, I couldn’t do what I do. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart! Love Saves is my most personal album to date. It is a window into my soul. It is raw. It is real. It is me. I do hope you enjoy the ride, for it’s been a heartbreakingly beautiful one.

Remember, be brave, be vulnerable and love saves!

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  2. Tina Arena at the 2011 Tour de France

    Tina talks with Scotty after performing the Australian National Anthem after the presentations at the 2011 Tour de France

  3. SBS Tour de France: Australian anthem in Paris

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  17. 2011 Tour de France Presentation Ceremony & Australian National Anthem

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