ELEVEN – astrologers call it a master number, the figure of enlightenment. It’s said to represent artistic sensitivity and divine inspiration; aspirations and perseverance; a desire for knowledge and experimentation.

That’s part of the reason the iconic and inspirational Tina Arena has chosen to name her magnificent new album simply ELEVEN.

“Symbolically, it’s a number that’s very present in my life,” explains the celebrated singer/songwriter. “Numerologically, it’s a number I always come in contact with – if I look a clock, it’s always 11:11 or 1:11. I’m also the first of the 11th, my date of birth. So it just made sense for me to call the new album ELEVEN – it’s simple, it’s strong and it has a significance.”

There’s also a more basic mathematical explanation for the title – ELEVEN is the eleventh studio album of Tina Arena’s extraordinary cross-generational recording career.

Of course, it dates all the way back to Tina’s debut as a pre-tween nine-year-old starlet of the Young Talent Time television phenomenon (1977’s Tiny Tina & Little John); across her era-defining chart-topping records of the ’90s (1994’s Don’t Ask and 1997’s In Deep); taking in two best-selling French-language albums; two much-loved volumes of Songs Of Love & Loss; all the way through to her “comeback” album, 2013’s platinum-selling Reset, which spent months in the Top 10 of the ARIA album chart.

While there was a 12-year gap between Reset and Tina’s previous collection of original English language songs, 2001’s Just Me, ELEVEN has arrived much faster than even Tina was anticipating.

It all started in the immediate afterglow of her critically acclaimed national Reset tour late in 2014. Tina was invited to attend the 50 Songs In Five Days international songwriting workshop in Sydney and, on day one, she met Evermore frontman Jon Hume for the first time. The rapport‎ between these two chart-topping artists was instantaneous and electric.

The pair immediately penned a song entitled “Unravel Me” and it marked the starting point, and eventually took its place as the opening track, of this ELEVEN project.

Wrapped up in “Unravel Me” is a representation of both the continuity and development flowing on from the radical musical approach Tina began on Reset. Whereas the explorative electronica of the predecessor is still very much at fore and core of this new music, “Unravel Me” feels like it starts in slow motion before bursting into one of the biggest choruses of Tina’s career.

Similarly, ELEVEN’s lead single, “I Want To Love You”, another co-write with Jon Hume, again features as epic a chorus as Tina has ever committed to tape. This more traditional diva side to Tina’s legendary vocal ability is something the songstress consciously chose to downplay on Reset in favour of exploring alternative textures of her voice.

Tina and Jon (“gorgeous Jon”, as Tina describes him) ended up collaborating on seven tracks, as well as both co-producing a big chunk of the record. This wonderful new partnership has gone some way to defining the shape and sound of ELEVEN.

Other key collaborators on ELEVEN include two young Australian female songwriters who in recent years have emerged as stars in their own right: Hayley Warner, who also contributed to seven of these new songs (“Such an incredible talent,” says Tina) and the celebrated Kate Miller-Heidke, who co-wrote two tracks with Tina and Jon: the jazzy-tinged “Not Still In Love With You” and Gospel-flavoured “When You’re Ready”.

“We had a ball, seriously,” Tina says of these new friends. “The time we spent together was nothing short of magical. All of us really had a beautiful time.”

Also featured on ELEVEN are a couple of older friends including Hunter Nixon, Tina’s good mate and key songwriting partner from Reset, and former Bachelor Girl Tania Doko, who Tina has known since their days growing up in Melbourne.

On the international front, Tina worked with Adam Argyle (UK), David Ryan Harris (US), and Swedes Anders Wollbeck, Mattias Lindblom, Peter Mansson, Christian Fast, Ash Howes (Elle Goulding, Kylie Minogue, Annie Lennox), Youth and Dave Bascombe (Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp).

Recorded across five cities (Sydney, Melbourne, London, Paris and Stockholm), ELEVEN is a beautiful, complex, state of the art collection of emotive, electronica-based songs. While there are allusions to numerous musical styles throughout – gospel, jazz, experimental, disco, EDM, as well as some of the most pure pop Tina has produced in decades – there is an etherealness and elusiveness to this modern era of Tina Arena recordings that defies definition.

“It is different, but I can’t follow a formula,” says Tina. “I just go with what feels right musically. I enjoy the collaborations; the sensibilities and synergies between the creatives that come together for me are really important. If there isn’t a beautiful synergy and a great connection, for me the work doesn’t mean anything.

“I think this record is a really beautiful example of taking those experiences to another level and everybody pushing themselves to go higher, to take it as far as I possibly can. I had a really good time making the record, like I did Reset, but I think there’s a level of sophistication, another few layers that Reset doesn’t have. It’s stepped up a notch.”

Suffice to say, here on ELEVEN’s eleven songs, (plus three bonus tracks), Tina Arena’s music and singing has simply never sounded grander.

If 2013’s Reset marked a new beginning, then ELEVEN is the sound of the illustrious Tina Arena as master of this brave new world she has created for herself and for her lifelong fans.

ELEVEN – astrologers call it a master number, the figure of enlightenment. It’s said to represent artistic sensitivity and divine inspiration; aspirations and perseverance; a desire for knowledge and experimentation.

That’s part of the reason the iconic and inspirational Tina Arena has chosen to name her magnificent new album simply ELEVEN.

“Symbolically, it’s a number that’s very present in my life,” explains the celebrated singer/songwriter. “Numerologically, it’s a number I always come in contact with – if I look a clock, it’s always 11:11 or 1:11. I’m also the first of the 11th, my date of birth. So it just made sense for me to call the new album ELEVEN – it’s simple, it’s strong and it has a significance.”

There’s also a more basic mathematical explanation for the title – ELEVEN is the eleventh studio album of Tina Arena’s extraordinary cross-generational recording career.

Of course, it dates all the way back to Tina’s debut as a pre-tween nine-year-old starlet of the Young Talent Time television phenomenon (1977’s Tiny Tina & Little John); across her era-defining chart-topping records of the ’90s (1994’s Don’t Ask and 1997’s In Deep); taking in two best-selling French-language albums; two much-loved volumes of Songs Of Love & Loss; all the way through to her “comeback” album, 2013’s platinum-selling Reset, which spent months in the Top 10 of the ARIA album chart.

While there was a 12-year gap between Reset and Tina’s previous collection of original English language songs, 2001’s Just Me, ELEVEN has arrived much faster than even Tina was anticipating.

It all started in the immediate afterglow of her critically acclaimed national Reset tour late in 2014. Tina was invited to attend the 50 Songs In Five Days international songwriting workshop in Sydney and, on day one, she met Evermore frontman Jon Hume for the first time. The rapport‎ between these two chart-topping artists was instantaneous and electric.

The pair immediately penned a song entitled “Unravel Me” and it marked the starting point, and eventually took its place as the opening track, of this ELEVEN project.

Wrapped up in “Unravel Me” is a representation of both the continuity and development flowing on from the radical musical approach Tina began on Reset. Whereas the explorative electronica of the predecessor is still very much at fore and core of this new music, “Unravel Me” feels like it starts in slow motion before bursting into one of the biggest choruses of Tina’s career.

Similarly, ELEVEN’s lead single, “I Want To Love You”, another co-write with Jon Hume, again features as epic a chorus as Tina has ever committed to tape. This more traditional diva side to Tina’s legendary vocal ability is something the songstress consciously chose to downplay on Reset in favour of exploring alternative textures of her voice.

Tina and Jon (“gorgeous Jon”, as Tina describes him) ended up collaborating on seven tracks, as well as both co-producing a big chunk of the record. This wonderful new partnership has gone some way to defining the shape and sound of ELEVEN.

Other key collaborators on ELEVEN include two young Australian female songwriters who in recent years have emerged as stars in their own right: Hayley Warner, who also contributed to seven of these new songs (“Such an incredible talent,” says Tina) and the celebrated Kate Miller-Heidke, who co-wrote two tracks with Tina and Jon: the jazzy-tinged “Not Still In Love With You” and Gospel-flavoured “When You’re Ready”.

“We had a ball, seriously,” Tina says of these new friends. “The time we spent together was nothing short of magical. All of us really had a beautiful time.”

Also featured on ELEVEN are a couple of older friends including Hunter Nixon, Tina’s good mate and key songwriting partner from Reset, and former Bachelor Girl Tania Doko, who Tina has known since their days growing up in Melbourne.

On the international front, Tina worked with Adam Argyle (UK), David Ryan Harris (US), and Swedes Anders Wollbeck, Mattias Lindblom, Peter Mansson, Christian Fast, Ash Howes (Elle Goulding, Kylie Minogue, Annie Lennox), Youth and Dave Bascombe (Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp).

Recorded across five cities (Sydney, Melbourne, London, Paris and Stockholm), ELEVEN is a beautiful, complex, state of the art collection of emotive, electronica-based songs. While there are allusions to numerous musical styles throughout – gospel, jazz, experimental, disco, EDM, as well as some of the most pure pop Tina has produced in decades – there is an etherealness and elusiveness to this modern era of Tina Arena recordings that defies definition.

“It is different, but I can’t follow a formula,” says Tina. “I just go with what feels right musically. I enjoy the collaborations; the sensibilities and synergies between the creatives that come together for me are really important. If there isn’t a beautiful synergy and a great connection, for me the work doesn’t mean anything.

“I think this record is a really beautiful example of taking those experiences to another level and everybody pushing themselves to go higher, to take it as far as I possibly can. I had a really good time making the record, like I did Reset, but I think there’s a level of sophistication, another few layers that Reset doesn’t have. It’s stepped up a notch.”

Suffice to say, here on ELEVEN’s eleven songs, (plus three bonus tracks), Tina Arena’s music and singing has simply never sounded grander.

If 2013’s Reset marked a new beginning, then ELEVEN is the sound of the illustrious Tina Arena as master of this brave new world she has created for herself and for her lifelong fans.