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Tina Arena

Tina Arena
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Tina Arena Biography

Born in Moonee Ponds, Victoria, on November 1st 1967 to Franca and Giuseppe Arena. Philipina was inspired to sing after hearing her sister's record ' You're My World' by Daryl Braithwaite. She quickly learned the words off by heart, and performed the song at her cousin's wedding in the Springvale Town Hall. It brought the house down. Her family soon realized that she had a gift. So after a lot of nagging, Tina took singing lessons. She had a well known teacher and often a lot of her students would go on to compete on an Australian show, 'Young Talent Time' hosted by Johnny Young. She changed her name from Philipina (nickname was Pina) to Tina. At the age of 7 she performed as a contestant 4 times, winning 3 heats. Tina was then asked to be a permanent member of the team. "Tiny Tina" became a household name. Tiny Tina was a favorite on YTT, she was given the best work experience possible, getting to record, release records and perform live every week. Sadly, like any kid on TV, she had a hard time from her classmates at school. At the age of 16, it was a YTT policy to retire their stars, for her final performance she sang The Way We Were and McArthur Park. Tina completed highschool and had a go at a normal job as an insurance clerk. This did not last long. Tina realized her destiny was with music. In 1987 Tina released the catchy pop tune Turn Up The Beat, but there was no follow up album. The end of the decade saw her tour with Lional Ritchie and sing TV commercial jingles. Read Full Bio >>

Tina Arena Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
1999 ALMA Awards Outstanding Performance of a Song for a Feature Film The Mask of Zorro (1998). Won

Tina Arena Trivia

  • She is of Italian descent.
  • The middle child of her parents,who has older sister Nancy and younger sister Silvana.
  • She took singing lessons and at the age of 7, began her career as "Tiny Tina" on the Australian talent television show Young Talent Time.
  • Worked at a Melbourne Insurance Company, but quickly realized that this was not what she was born to do - her real life aspiration was to sing.
  • In 1992, Ralph Carr became her manager and, a couple of years later, became her husband, but she is no longer married to him.
  • Expecting first child at the end of 2005 with long time boyfriend Vincent Mancini






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