Tina Arena is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician, musical theatre actress, and record producer. In 2011, Arena became the first Australian to be awarded the French Order of National Merit by the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, for services to French culture, which was ceremonially presented by Minister Frédéric Mitterrand. French culture and communication.
Tina Arena Personal Life
Tina Arena was born on 1 November 1967 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia to Giuseppe “Joe” Arena and Francesca “Franca” Catalfamo. Her parents are Sicilian immigrants. She has two siblings named Nancy Arena and Silvana.
Tina’s father Giuseppe was a farm worker in Sicily and then a cannon cutter in Cairns in 1955. The following year he worked in Melbourne and then worked for Victorian Railways.
Tine used to listen to Spanish, Italian, and French songs that were in her family’s record collection.
Tina Arena Career
At the age of 8, she appeared as a child performer on the national television talent show Young Talent Time in 1976. When Arena was cast on Young Talent Time in 1974, produced by Lewis-Young Productions and Network Ten, she was asked to change her first name from Filippina to “Tina” and her stage name “Tina Arena” was created to be relatable to a wider national audience. By the mid-1970s, ethnic diversity was best represented in mainstream Australian media, particularly television. Originally appearing as a contestant on Young Talent Time in 1974, Arena joined the cast permanently in 1976 as a member of the show’s young talented team. She then quickly and lovingly became known as “Tiny Tina” on the show. During her debut, she performed “Ring Ringi” by ABBA.
As a core member of a team of young talents who perform live on Australian national television every week, Arena sang covers of popular music songs. In 1977, she released a split album, Tiny Tina and Little John, alternating songs with John Bowles, a member of the young talent crew.
As a member of the Young Talent Team, Arena appeared in television specials, television commercials, shopping malls, and attractions. In September 1982, she became the “coach” of new group members Danielle Minogue and Mark McCormack. Arena told Debbie Byrne of The Australian Women’s Weekly that “they seem to have settled in a lot quicker than me. They both have a professional attitude.” At 14, she told Byrne “My ambition: is to be a recording artist” and an actress, but now she has to focus only on what she does, and that can require a lot of effort.
Arena left Young Talent Time in October 1983 before her 16th birthday due to an age restriction agreement for the Network Ten series Young Talent Time. She performed “The Way We Were” and “MacArthur Park” in the finale of its “Young Talent Time” farewell episode. Arena starred in Young Talent Time from 1976 to 1983, making her the series’ longest-running cast member.
At the age of 17, Arena signed a record deal with Graffiti Records, who in 1985 released his debut single, “Turn Up the Beat”. Australian musicologist Ian McFarlane described it as a “dance-pop” style. Tim Elliott of The Sydney Morning Herald said it “didn’t fail”. It was recorded the previous year with Brian Cadd at Flagstaff Studios in Melbourne. When the single failed to reach the top 50, her planned album was shelved. After his 1985 recording, Arena sang in commercials and worked in bars and clubs for a living. She has performed both solo and in groups, including as a member of the nine-piece band Network. She also appeared in musicals. In 1987, she supported American artist Lionel Richie on his Australian tour after several charity events. In 1988, Arena made a guest appearance on Australian television, reminiscing about his time on Young Talent Time and looking for a new record label. In 1990, she played a song and dance role in the David Atkins musical Dynamite for 10 months. She also signed with EMI that same year and reinvented her image as a flamboyant disco diva. In April, she released the single “I Need Your Body”, which peaked at number 3 on the ARIA Singles Chart. McFarlane described it as “uptempo” and its accompanying music video, which “projected the persona of a flamboyant disco diva … a rock star with a bouncy cleavage and a smoking attitude.” Australian journalist Ed Nimmervoll noted that she used “splattered videos showing her cleavage as if to prove that she was now a woman.”
The artist followed in July 1990 with a second single, “The Machine’s Breaking Down”, which reached the top 30. Her debut solo album, Strong as Steel, was released in October and peaked at number 17 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Most of the album was produced by Ross Inglis. Penelope Layland of The Canberra Times opined that “the sultry single ‘I Need Your Body’ is quite atypical of much of Tina Arena’s Strong As Steel album.” It’s one of the weakest tracks on the album, bouncing around with potential pop hits.” According to music historian Ed Nimmervoll, Arena “wasn’t comfortable. It wasn’t her. It wasn’t what she wanted to be for the rest of her life. Tina was left isolated as she decided what to do next, moving to Los Angeles with no one left .”
She moved to Los Angeles in 1991, where he took more singing lessons and began writing songs. After returning to Australia in 1993, she appeared in a local musical theater production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as narrator at the State Theater in Melbourne from December 1992 to February 1993. In 1992, Arena sang backing vocals on Australian singer-songwriter Rick Price’s debut album, Sky. Knows, released in July 1992, and featured in Price’s 1993 music video for the single “A House Divided”. Arena’s second solo studio album, Don’t Ask, was released on November 14, 1994. It was produced by David Tyson for Columbia Records. According to Nimmervoll, Tina almost broke down during the recording. It was a very important moment in his career. Arena co-wrote all 10 songs on the original Australian version. Ian McFarlane noted that it showed “a more mature, refined, soulful style and approach … [and] his powerful, crystal clear voice was more than adequate for the material on offer.” Kelvin Hayes of AllMusic opined that “A lot of Don’t Ask remains twee. There are good moments, though.” It went to number 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart – a year after its release – and stayed there Top 50 in 83 weeks. It reached number 11 on the UK Albums Chart and number 12 in New Zealand.
Don’t Ask was the best-selling album of 1995 in Australia and one of the best-selling albums by an Australian singer to date. It has sold over two million copies worldwide and was certified 10x platinum by ARIA in 2011 for shipments of over 700,000 copies in that country alone. The success of the album made her the “main artist” for Sony, which marketed her in the United States. Her European success came true: Don’t Ask topped the charts in Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland. Arena moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and 1997 to record her third solo album, In Deep, on 18 August 1997, which became her second number-one album in Australia. For the Australian version of the album, Arena wrote eleven of its twelve tracks, with co-writers including Mick Jones, David Tyson, Christopher Ward, Dean McTaggart, Pam Reswick, and Steve Werfel. The album included her cover of “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner, originally written by Jones, who produced Arena’s version. In Deep was recorded “mainly live in the studio to bring the material closer to Tina’s stage persona”, with Tyson producing four tracks and Jones producing the rest. In Deep was certified 3× platinum in Australia.
In April 1998, Arena performed at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 50th birthday party at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Arena performed at the party with John Farnham and musical performances by Elaine Paige. Arena’s duet with American artist Marc Anthony on “I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You” from the soundtrack to The Mask of Zorro, July 1998, was her European chart success. The song was released as a non-album single in Australia in September but failed to reach the top 50. It was included in the October French version of In Deep, which peaked at No. 3 in the French Albums Chart – a year after its initial release – and spent 88 weeks on the chart. It also reached the top 10 in Belgium and the top 40 in Switzerland. In May 2001, the Syndicat National de l’Édition Phonographique (SNEP) certified it 3× platinum for sale in France. “I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You” was released in Europe in September 1998, reaching number 3 in France, her first charting single in that market. It also reached number 3 in the Netherlands and the top ten in Belgium. Arena toured the US starting in March 1999 to promote both the local release of the album and the second single, “If I Was a River”, which reached the UK Top 40. Sony tried to “break” Arena into the US market by releasing “If I Was a River”, written by Diane Warren. According to Ruhlmann, the label had “an obvious plan to make her inferior to Celine Dion”, but the album and its singles “had no commercial impact after being released in the US”. and “must be considered a disappointment.” Her foray into the United States included appearances in TV shows such as Donny and Marie. In February 1999, she teamed up with labelmate Donna Summer to cover “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)”; the duet appeared on the Live and More Encore concert album of Summer (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. It also became her first number-one hit on the Belgian Singles Chart. 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. From May of 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. 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. Arena’s fourth solo studio album, Just Me, was released on 12 November 2001 and debuted at No. 7 in Australia; it reached the top 50 in France and the top 70 in Switzerland. She co-wrote tracks with Nile Rodgers (Madonna, Diana Ross), Desmond Child (Ricky Martin, Aerosmith), Robbie Nevil (Earth, Wind, and 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”. It was certified gold by ARIA and by SNEP (France). To promote Just Me she showcased it to 150 people, mostly Australian TV and media personalities, in Melbourne. The record provided four singles including, “Symphony of Life” (September 2002), which peaked at No. 8 in Australia and top 50 in France. In November 2008 she performed the track at the closing of the Gay Games when the international sporting event was held in Sydney. 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. 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.” She appeared in Cabaret in August that year in Sydney in the lead role of Sally Bowles. In April 2003, Arena and US electronica group, Roc Project, released a dance music single “Never (Past Tense)”, which reached number 1 on the US Billboard Dance Airplay Chart in October 2003. The single included seven house and electronic dance music remixed versions by various DJs. 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.In October 2004, Arena released her second compilation album, Greatest Hits 1994–2004, which peaked at number 10 in Australia. The compilation included the newly recorded single “Italia Love Song” (November), which entered the Top 40. After its release, she left the label and signed a new contract with Sony Music BMG of France. In support of the album, she embarked on a national tour of Australia from late 2004 to early 2005. Her French-language debut album Un autre univers was released in December 2005 and was certified platinum by SNEP in February 2006. It reached number 9 in the French charts and stayed there for 78 weeks.
In 2006, she appeared in several European TV shows to promote the album and performed in Night of the Proms, Star Academy, Fête de la Musique, Les Enfoirés, and the NRJ Music Awards where she presented his single “Aimer jusqu’à l”. “. ‘impossible’, supported by her French contemporaries: Anggun, Leslie Bourgoin, Amel Bent, Nâdiya, Lââm, and Natasha St-Pier. In 2007, Arena’s sixth studio album, Songs of Love and Loss, was recorded independently and self-financed as she no longer had a recording contract in Australia. The album was released on 1 December 2007 after signing a new contract with EMI. It features torch songs originally recorded by women in the 1960s and 1970s, including Dusty Springfield and Diana Ross, with arrangements by a full-string orchestra conducted by Simon Hale. In early November, a promotional tour of Australia included Dancing with the Stars and Sunrise. Five days of concerts were held between December and January, supported by a 35-piece orchestra: three at the Sydney Opera House and two at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. The album peaked at number 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart; it was nominated for Best Selling Album at the 2008 ARIA Music Awards.
In August 2008, Arena performed with Andrea Bocelli on her Australian tour. The duet performed “The Prayer”, “Canto della Terra” and a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. Before the tour, she recorded her eighth studio album Songs of Love and Loss 2 in the UK, which was released on 15 November 2008 and reached number 12 in Australia. For this album, her vocals were recorded live with the London Studio Orchestra, again conducted by Hale. On 27 August 2008, Arena appeared as a guest judge on the sixth season of Australian Idol in London with Australian singer-songwriter Darren Hayes. She appeared as a guest judge again on 16 November promoting Love Songs and Loss 2 in Australia.
In March 2009, Arena toured Australia and made a guest appearance at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, singing “Aimer jusqu’à l’impossible” and “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” with Alison. Jiear to the last. She traveled to South Australia to perform with American musician Chris Isaak at the outdoor concert Baro Under the Stars. In March 2009, her first compilation in French, The Best and le meilleur, was also published. In May 2009, The Peel Me Sessions, an album of original material recorded in 2003, was also officially released. In January 2010, Arena and Irish singer Ronan Keating (of Boyzone) headlined A Day on the Green, an outdoor concert festival in Swan Valley. The duo performed songs from their latest albums and were supported by Australian Idol season 4 winner Damien Leith.
In January 2010, Arena released a live CD and DVD in Australia called Live: The Onstage Collection. The album peaked at number 22 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The live recording was her eighth Top 10 album in the Australian ARIA Charts alone and was also promoted and sold during the Arena and Keating concerts. On 24 July 2011, Arena sang a cappella performance of Advance Australia Fair on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées podium at the Tour de France winner’s ceremony after Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour. This was unexpected and happened because Arena was living in Paris at the time and offered her services just hours before the ceremony. It was the first time in the history of the tour that the national anthem was performed live on stage in front of a huge crowd and an audience of millions. In 2011, Arena became the first Australian to be awarded the French Order of National Merit by the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, for services to French culture, which was ceremonially presented by Minister Frédéric Mitterrand. French culture and communication. Arena appeared as a judge on the 2012 version of Young Talent Time Australia, 29 years after her last regular appearance on the original series. After reviewing talent shows, she completed her Australian tour supported by several Australian symphony orchestras with special guest Anthony Calleana. Arena has details about working on the tour: “They are precious, the moments when the orchestra swells behind you is difficult to describe in words and terms of adrenaline it is a sensational feeling.” In November 2012, she released her fourth live album, which was released on CD and DVD Symphony of Life, recorded at one of her Melbourne concerts. Arena management is Beebox. On 18 October 2013, Arena released her first English-language solo studio album in eleven years, Reset, which peaked at number 4 and became her sixth Australian Top 10 album. It was released in both standard and deluxe editions (three bonus tracks). It went gold in three weeks and went platinum in December 2013. Its lead single, “You Set Fire to My Life” (September), had both studio and acoustic versions; as well as three official remixes of Cosmic Dawn, The Slips, and 7th Heaven – it reached the ARIA Top 40. “Only Lonely” was featured on Channel 7’s Home and Away, which also entered the top 40. Also in October 2013, Arena published her autobiography Now I Can Dance Reset with Jude McGee, now in its fourth reprint.
In May 2015, Arena released Songs of Love and Loss in France. Her eleventh studio album, Eleven, was released on October 30, 2015. It was preceded by the first single “I Want to Love You” in September. Arena performed the single during a televised appearance on Dancing with the Stars on September 4, 2015. Arena’s 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 sensibility. Like its predecessor, 2013’s Reset, Eleven is a pop-heavy collection that features songwriting collaborations with the likes of Kate Miller-Heidke, Hayley Warner, and Evermore’s Jon Hume. The album was recorded in Sydney, Melbourne, London, Stockholm, and Paris. The Eleven album is a mix of atmospheric electronica (Unravel Me, Overload), fiery anthems (Wouldn’t Be Love If It Didn’t, Love Falls, Not Still in Love with You), and dance-friendly pop (Magic). Arenan’s latest release Eleven became her seventh Top 10 album in Australia, debuting at number 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart in November 2016, and has now been certified gold.
In September 2015, Arena hosted shows on SmoothFM radio stations every Saturday from 4 pm on SmoothFM 93.5 in Sydney and SmoothFM 91.5 in Melbourne. On September 27, 2016, Arena performed as a special guest of Greek singer George Perris at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece. On 9 December 2016, Arena opened the “Versailles: Treasures From The Palace” exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra, the Australian Capital Territory, as an official ambassador. The exhibition said to be the NGA’s most complex ever, features 130 valuable 18th-century works of art flown from France to Australia.
On Australia Day 26 January 2017, the Arena joined a collection of Australia’s best talent for the Australia Day Concert at the Sydney Opera House, including Guy Sebastian, Human Nature, Dami Im, children’s group The Wiggles, and other performing contemporaries. stories and tributes to great stories from Australia’s past. The 2017 Australia Day Concert was a free public event organized by the NSW Government through its Office of Tourism and Major Events. Arena, who is one of Australia’s most successful artists with a career spanning several decades, said ahead of the event: “Australia Day is a great opportunity to get out, eat delicious food, listen to amazing music, and take part in the diversity that defines our country.” and “I can’t wait to be part of the day – stand in the middle of the harbor, sing along with the harbor people and the school choir and give your version of the salute to Australia”. In April 2017, Arena released her fifth double album, Greatest Hits, and Interpretations, on EMI Music Australia. The album is a 2-CD set – the first contains 17 Arena hits; the second is an album of interpretations. The interpretation disc has a duet with Dannii Minogue, who sings with Arena for the first time since Young Talent Time. After a break of almost ten years, Arena returned to French pop music with a new French-language album from 2018, Quand tout Recommence (translated: “When It All Begins”), which will be released in April and aimed at the French-language music market and also reaches the public in Belgium and Sweden. Quand tout Recommence is Arena’s third French-language studio album and twelfth studio album overall, following the French-language album 7 Competitions from January 2008, which debuted at number 12 on the French Official Chart; her best debut in France. The title of the album Quand Tout Recommence means “When Everything Begins Again”. Arena has stated that when she records in French, she is careful not to record French versions of her English hits because of the differences between French and English lyrics. Arena states that too often the meaning of a song is “lost in translation”, which is why she always chose to write in both languages.
In January 2018, Arena performed as part of the live music program at the Australian Open 2018 Grand Slam tennis tournament at Melbourne Park. In February 2018, Arena appeared in an episode of the Australian TV series Anh Do’s Brush with Fame alongside comedian and artist Anh Do on the ABC network. Arena shared her journey from a child star to an international artist, reflecting on the challenges and sacrifices that shaped her. In October 2018, Arena partnered with Maserati to become the official ambassador of the Italian luxury car manufacturer. Maserati is a major supporter of the Sydney Opera House and a supporter of the New South performing arts in Wales Since 2014, Maserati has been a partner of the Opera House, event partner of the annual All About Women festival, and official sponsor of the opening night.
In March 2019, Arena was appointed by the Australian Government as a board member of the Australia Council for the Arts for a three-year term. The Council, informally known as the Australia Council, is the main arts council or arts funding body of the federal government. Federal Arts Minister Mitch Fifield released a statement saying Arena would be welcome: “A high-profile singer-songwriter, musician, and musical theater actor, she brings significant experience as an artist to the government.”
Tina Arena Education
Tina completed her secondary schooling at a Catholic girls’ college, St. Columba’s College, Essendon, in Melbourne, Australia.
Tina Arena Relationship
In December 1995, Tina got married to her manager at the time, Ralph Carr, who had been her manager since 1992. In 1999, their divorce was finalized and in February 2002 they settled their financial and contractual affairs. In 2000, Tina met French artist Vincent Mancini, with whom she has a son, Gabriel Joseph Mancini, born in 2005.
Tina Arena Net Worth
Tina has a net worth of $82 million. According to People With Money, she is the number 1 singer in the Top 10 highest-paid singers list.
Tina Arena Instagram Account
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Tina Arena Physical Stats
|5 ft 10 in / 179 cm
|143 lb / 65 kg
Tina Arena Wiki/Bio
|Filippina Lydia “Tina” Arena
|Date of Birth
|1 November 1967
|55 (as of 2023)
|Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Singer-songwriter, recording artist, record producer, musician, musical theatre, actress, author, television personality
|Nancy Arena and Silvana
|Vincent Mancini (2000–)
|Ralph Carr (m. 1995–1999)
|Gabriel Joseph Mancini
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