Tina Arena, AM, is an iconic Australian singer-songwriter, record producer, actress and performing artist. Voted Australia’s greatest female singer of all time in 2013, her stunningly powerful voice remains unparalleled after 40 years in the industry.
Tina Arena’s extensive career began at the tender age of eight as a favourite on Australia’s longest running variety show “Young Talent Time”. “Tiny Tina” with the big voice became a household name and blossomed into one of Australia’s highest selling female artists with over 10 million records sold worldwide, earning her 2 World Music Awards.
Tina has released 12 studio albums, 4 live albums, 4 compilations, 45 singles and 36 music videos. In October 2013, Tina also published her first autobiography, “Now I Can Dance”, which has been reprinted four times.
A consummate international performer, Tina has shared the stage with world-renowned artists such as Lionel Richie, Donna Summer, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Andrea Bocelli, Glenn Close, Antonio Banderas, Marc Anthony, and Elaine Paige.
Her vocal virtuosity provides for an eclectic body of work ranging from musical theatre, to classical, rock, pop, dance and even indie. Her recent collaboration with Australia’s Client Liaison won the talented duo Australian Music Video of the year for A Foreign Affair.
Musical Theatre: Tina’s musical theatre journey is as impressive as her recording career, with critically acclaimed performances in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Nine, Cabaret, Chicago, and Notre-Dame de Paris on London’s West End. Tina’s incredible talent gained her the attention of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, who invited her to sing at his star-studded 50th Birthday Concert held at the Royal Albert Hall. Tina opened the show with a moving rendition of Whistle Down the Wind.
In 2018, Tina played the lead role of Eva Peron in the Australian production of Evita, directed by the legendary Grammy Award winner, Hal King. The Australian production was only approved by Andrew Lloyd Webber upon the signing of Tina in the lead.
Tina Arena’s first album Don’t Ask, sold 2 million copies worldwide and reached a record 10 x platinum in Australia, undoubtedly securing Tina’s place as an integral part of Australian popular culture. In 1995, Tina made history by becoming the first female artist to win both song and album of the year at the Australian Record Industry Awards (ARIAS).
Her music and success have not only inspired generations of Australians, but her presence has paved the way for upcoming Australian female artists to reach new heights within the Australian music industry. In 2015, Tina was officially inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
Awards and Accolades: In addition to her successful music career, Tina regularly lends her talents to help others and support charitable organisations at home and abroad.
In 2011, Arena became the first Australian to be awarded a Knighthood of the French National Order of Merit, presented by the President of the French Republic, for her contributions to French culture.
In 2016, Tina was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the music industry as a singer, songwriter and recording artist, and as a supporter of charitable groups.
Tina Arena’s contribution to the Australian entertainment industry is undeniable. After four decades in music, Tina continues to shape the landscape of Australian music by offering inspiration, wisdom, and encouragement to new artists. Her music provides the soundtrack to the lives of generations of Australians.