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Tina Arena

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Melbourne, Australia (1990 – present)

Tina Arena (born Filippina Lydia Arena on 1 November 1967, in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian singer and songwriter.

Her career began at the age of seven when she was selected as a regular performer for the music television program Young Talent Time. As a child Arena attracted attention for the power of her voice, which was considered remarkable for such a young child.

She was born to Italian parents and has a sister, Nancy (born 1961). Often billed as “Tiny Tina Arena”, she was seen on weekly television singing and dancing the current pop hits. The show’s policy was to promote talented children, and at the age of sixteen team members would leave, ostensibly to follow an adult career. As one of the show’s youngest performers, Arena’s nine year stint was also one of the show’s longest. “Strong As Steel” Like most of the children who left the show, Arena carried with her a stigma that made it difficult to be taken seriously as an adult vocalist, and for a short time she contemplated ending her career, and found employment with an insurance company. She was invited to support Lionel Richie on his Australian tour, but despite this success and the profile it gave her, record companies were unwilling to offer her a recording contract. Arena persevered, playing nightclubs in Melbourne and in several stage musicals, before finally being offered a contract.

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