|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||pop female vocalists australian aussie rock|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Philopina Lidia Arena, 1 November 1967, Melbourne, Australia. Singer-songwriter Arena (a Sicilian name pronounced ah-rey-nah) had her first brush with fame on the Australian television show Young Talent Time. Having become a stalwart of the show (as Tiny Tina), she made an abortive attempt at starting a solo career with Turn Up The Beat in 1985. In 1989, she tried again with the single I Want Your Body. A faceless pop-dance composition that accompanied a similarly unconvincing debut album, Strong As Steel, it reached number 2 in the Australian charts. Sadly, it also severely affected Arenas credibility, and in December 1991 she moved to Los Angeles, California, USA. An unknown there, she managed to meet local songwriters and also found time to work on her own songs. These compositions, which eventually appeared on her 1995 comeback album, Dont Ask, were a major stylistic improvement on those of her debut. Cultivating...