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

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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.

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