40 REASONS TO CELEBRATE
FORTY years in any business – let alone the music industry – is a long time and reason to celebrate.
Australian singer and songwriter Tina Arena has celebrated this milestone by releasing double album Greatest Hits and Interpretations and announced her Innocence to Understanding Greatest Hits tour, which includes a date at Crown Theatre Perth on October 6.
“I thought ‘Why not?’ Forty years is rare,” Arena said.
The two-disc album is categorised into Arena’s greatest hits on Retrospective and music peers reinterpreting her songs on Reimagine, including the talents of Jimmy Barnes, Katie Noonan, Kate Miller-Heidke, Clare Bowen, Dannii Minogue, Jessica Mauboy and The Veronicas.
“They’re people who I know personally and really like. I have a lot of time for them humanly and musically and I feel really blessed that they all accepted to do it.
“A greatest hits thing for me is a concept that doesn’t really go anywhere apart from stuff people already know, which is great, but then the reimagined side of it really allows you the privilege to get a little bit creative and go ‘wow, how do other people read these songs? What does it mean to them?’” she said.
Arena said she left the song choice up to the artists, who all had the
creative freedom to reinterpret however they wished.
The result was astounding to her as the tracks were sent in one by one.
“I loved everything being so stripped back and raw,” she said.
“It enabled you to listen to what’s really important, which is a beautiful melody, the story it tells and what it makes you feel.”
Fans can prepare for a trip down memory lane, with stories and reworked favourites, when Arena tours later this year.