This week, I’m delighted to focus on one of Australia’s most successful performers – Tina Arena. Tina’s return to Australia after more than 14 years spent living in France, has coincided with the release of her eleventh studio album ‘ELEVEN’ and her induction into Aria’s Hall of Fame and you can listen to our chat HERE explaining the inspiration behind her latest album.
While talking to Tina I noticed the phrase ‘keep it simple’ coming up in our dialogue. Keeping things simple is of value to Tina – whether it be her thoughts on body image, family or finding balance – simplicity is key. I observed that Tina has reached a turning point in her life where her self-acceptance is very strong, a woman in her own skin who is loving where she’s at.
It was interesting to listen to her explain how she had struggled with the notion of the 21st Century woman who is ‘perfect’ and at odds with the media who advocate that a woman can have it all, or that a woman should look eternally youthful. The turning point for her happened a few years back when she took time out to ask herself some fundamental philosophical questions and came away knowing that she is in control, is fine with her imperfections, is a good woman with good intentions who makes her family a priority. Keep it simple!
As Tina will be turning fifty in a couple of years, I asked her how that thought was sitting with her and how she manages to keep herself relevant in a music industry that favours youth. She shared that she couldn’t do anything but absolutely embrace getting older and that ageing should be celebrated. Recognising the worth of a spirit that has lived a journey is important to Tina, who believes that women (and men) are at our most beautiful and interesting as we age and cited Madonna as a woman with a fabulous story to tell. Listen to more of that conversation HERE.
My time with Tina was time well-spent – her wisdom, self-acceptance and her ability to remain grounded are apparent, as is her love of family, Australia and the arts. Her openness to explore more paths is an inspiration to us all.