2019 Australian Women's Leadership Symposium - Keynote
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Grand Ballroom
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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New World Artists, Exclusive Booking Agents, for Tina Arena, AM. Ms Arena 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.
Tina Arena’s album Don’t Ask, sold 2 million copies worldwide and has reached record sales in excess of 11 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.
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. In seasons extending from 2018 into 2019, Tina recently performs the lead role of Eva Perón in the Australian production of Evita, directed by the legendary Tony Award winner, Hal Prince. Evita opened to a sold-out season, rave reviews and standing ovations night after night. Tina’s stunning performance of the iconic balcony scene showcased her vocal prowess and firmly cemented her place as the First Lady of Australian music.
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.
To celebrate 40 years in the music industry, Tina released a 2-CD Greatest Hits compilation album which debuted at Number 2 on the Australian charts and is now her 8th Top 10 album in Australia. The 40-year celebration culminated in a 16-date Concert Tour entitled Innocence to Understanding - Greatest Hits presented by New World Artists and Smooth FM. The tour was an unprecedented success and became the highest selling live show at Sydney’s brand new ICC.
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.