DOING IT HER WAY
Tina Arena is on a self-funded national tour and the strong-willed performer is determined to reassert herself and get right back to basics
Tina Arena is undergoing a reset. Almost a year after the singer released her first original Englishlanguage album in 12 years, she is launching a national tour this month that she is financing herself.
One of Australia’s highestselling female artists, Arena’s 10th studio album, Reset, was released in October, and she says it represents her attempt to get back to basics.
“With everything happening socially and politically and spiritually – probably the lack of spirituality we’re subjected to – I just felt it was time for a change,” Arena says.
“I’m really about keeping it as basic as I possibly can in a world that has exhausted basically everything and is into a shock factor.”
Arena rocketed to fame at age eight on the TV show
Young Talent Time, on which she performed for almost seven years.
The multilingual singer, who was born to Italian parents, has lived in France for more than a decade with her French partner, artist Vincent Mancini, and their son Gabriel, and has released two French-language albums.
She has been warmly embraced by the French, and in 2009 became the first Australian to be awarded the Knighthood of the Order of National Merit by president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Arena says her new album is partly about her reasserting herself as a woman.
“The changes of life, the pace of it, people feeling they have to keep up with everybody and feeling a sense of personal power that’s been taken away. I’m just trying to regain a bit of my power.”
Her tour arrives on the Gold Coast this weekend.
Financing the show herself, although stressful, offers audiences a bespoke experience, she says.
“We are hands-on with everything we choose, the locations, how to stage the show. You can do things cheaply or you can make an investment and give the audience something different.” Tina Arena’s Reset tour plays Jupiters Theatre on Saturday.
Tina Arena will perform at Jupiters Theatre this weekend during her national Reset tour.