Tina Arena feels her ARIA Hall of Fame induction has come at the right time in her career.

Arena will receive the honour on Thursday at The Star in Sydney. It comes almost 40 years into her singing career.

“I kind of feel it’s the right time now. I feel like I can justify it within myself, being inducted into the Hall of Fame now; I feel like the journey has been what it’s been and it’s definitely time,” she told AAP.

“It’s been nearly 40 years for me so I guess it does make sense to be able to have that recognised.”

She appeared on TV show Young Talent Time in the 1970s and released her first album in 1977.

“For me, the story was something that was created from Australia, the success and the experience of my childhood and everything after that,” she said.

“I learnt my craft in this country so it makes total sense to be able to come back and to be recognised for it.”


For close to 20 years, Arena has lived in Europe, mostly in Paris where she has been revered for her music and adopted into the culture. She was even officially awarded for her contribution to French culture in 2009 with a Knighthood of the Order of National Merit, presented by then French president, Nicolas Sarkozy.

However, she relates her achievements back to her Aussie start.

“If it wasn’t for Australia, I would never have been able to have been catapulted internationally and to have done the things that I’ve been able to do. It was because of Australia that I’ve done that,” she said.

Arena has chosen to make Australia her permanent base again and will relocate to Melbourne with her fiance Vincent Mancini and 10-year-old son Gabriel.

“Family is really the main reason (for the move). My parents are not getting any younger and it’s also really important that my son understands where his mum comes from, and the kind of environment that she grew up in,” she said.

“There is a point, it may be a combination of different things, but you just wake up and go `OK, I think it’s time to go’… you inherently know when it’s time to go back and I knew now is the time,” she said.


Arena is about to add her 11th studio album release, the aptly titled Eleven, to her list of achievements.


* Eleven will be released on October 30.

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