Tina Ann was one of the most popular Female Dance Singers in the early 2000’s. Tina empowered a genuinely powerful voice, belting out her up-tempo dance numbers. Having her first 6 singles in a row achieve mainstream airplay with such hits as, “Don’t Want Another Man”, “In My Dreams” and “All I Need Is A Miracle.”
Born Tina Ann Amato on September 20 in New York, her parents were of Italian and Puerto Rican stock. Settling in Long Island, where Tina began dance classes at the age of five. At age 8 she began dance training with Greg Berg. At first Tina was to be a ballerina or so she thought, she then heard a beat and along followed a melody. She was in Hip Hop class… And then tap… And then came musical theater. When Tina had seen the movie Annie for the first time she was captivated by little red headed orphan Annie. Tina then began to find ballet to refined. She became fascinated by the music to which she danced and began vocal lessons with vocal coach Peter Pesco a family acquaintance of Mariah Carey. Tina studied her technique with classical music all throughout her childhood. Taking an interest in Italian Opera also briefly learning piano & guitar.
Into her teen years she began performing in Talent Shows along with pursuing a modeling career. In attending IMTA in Manhattan with her modeling agent Tina Ann landed an opportunity to be a part model for legs with McDonald Richards Agency in Milan, Italy. Of who were the first to call her by Tina Ann were she had always been just Tina. Tina did not go on to pursue modeling for she felt that there was no point of being on stage if she couldn’t be heard or express herself.
Like most teens Tina was no stranger to night clubs all though not necessarily of age. She would often spend her nights on the dance floors of Manhattan with the underground DJ’s before there was such a genre as house/pop.
Although admit tingly Tina wasn’t the best behaved student when it came to academic school she managed to make it through. Senior year she attended summer school & night school on top of day classes to graduate with her class. Making it onto Honor roll her final year. In turning over a new leaf she continued to keep up with her academics. She attended Manhattans New School College majoring in Music & Writing. But it wouldn’t be long till her interest broadened and she came across Interior Design. Transferred to Metropolitan School of Interior Design doubled up her classes in two years & graduated. After graduating her dreams still lied within music. So off Tina Ann went to LA, California where she recorded her demo with song writer Tony Lasala.
When returning to NY she received a phone call that would begin her journey as the artist many grew to adore. A friend’s cousin worked at an independent label looking for an artist. Tina met with Kult Records and landed her first record deal. The release of her debut single, “Don’t Want Another Man” was immediate, and quickly climbed the billboard dance chart in 2000 to 1 instantly allowing Tina to tour around North America & Europe. Her high energy performances filled with intricate choreography & props quickly built her reputation as not only a talented but strong performer. “Don’t Want Another Man” was nominated for best underground 12” Dance Record @ WMC in 2000 in Miami, Florida. Tina Ann had put a face to Dance Music & was an enormous part in crossing House music over to main stream radio.
After Tina’s success with her first single she terminates her contract with Kult Records due to differences in representation and found the record label Heart Records with father Sal Amato. Heart Records then released Tina Ann’s follow up single in 2002 entitled “In My Dreams” soaring to 1 on dance radio, including 1 on WKTU 103.5fm the 1 Dance Music Station in NY. As a result was the 5 played song on WKTU for year 2002. DMA, “America’s Dance Music Authority” Donnie Fratello rates, “In My Dreams” 4 stars**** saying, “Tina’s vocals are strong and the music fits her vocals beautifully!” Tina Ann had proven not only her accomplishments as a talented vocalist and successful Label but as a skilled songwriter.
Heart Records then went on to drop the single “I Do” in April 2003 reaching 10 on the Billboard Dance Charts. It then was followed by the release of Tina Ann’s debut album “Situations” in Dec. 2003 becoming Tower Records largest in-store signing in Westbury, NY being one of the most creative and played pop/dance artists to put out a full length album in NY.
Three more singles were released off the album “Situations”, “Too Late”, “All I Need is a Miracle”, and “Rise Again”. Bringing Tina to perform on ABC/EYE Witness News and a six year tour performing over 600 shows. Performing in venues as big as Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, PNC Art Center in New Jersey to concerts of 30,000 in Rome, Italy. The Daily News/Oct.2003 stated “Look out Britney, tell Christina the news….” “Tina Ann is one of the new crop of singers to shake up the music scene”.
Adrian Glover of the Aquarian weekly wrote, “her voice is rich, and she certainly tours like a traditional artist. You know the term reserved for the worthy who pays dues, write tracks, generate personality and for the most part rock the house at large.”
After taking some time off Tina Ann is now releasing her newest single LOL (Miss Skinny Jeans) in the Summer of 2009. Tina has revamped her image into that of a mature women with her own unique edge and style. Her sound always pushing pop is fresh and in perfect sync with times today. Her single LOL, is a very fun energetic song, toying with text messaging & flirting with the dance floor. It’s undeniable that Tina Ann is about to climb the charts yet again.
So for all those that have patiently awaited what’s next to come with Tina Ann. The time is now and it was well worth the wait. Cause you haven’t seen nothing yet!