FOR more than 20 years, singer and actor Tina Hall who admits to being 45 has been living in and loving Spain and now she’s appearing before millions in La Voz (The Voice) Spain.
She’s no stranger to TV as she spent seven years appearing on Channel 5 soap Family Affairs much of the time commuting from her home in the Costa del Sol to record her part as Claire Toomey where she met and worked with up and coming actor Idris Elba who she still keeps in touch with.
From there, she was the lead in the film Julie and the Cadillacs all about a 1960s struggling pop band and it was in that film that she caught up with Billy Boyd who worked with her as a drummer before gaining the role of the Hobbit Pippin in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Tina has family living in Spain and spent many happy holidays here before deciding that she simply had to move over for good.
“I find it a magical place and I certainly have a spiritual connection with the mountains, the sea, the spirit and the lovely people” she explained in a conversation with RTN.
Having moved to Spain, she knew that she had to learn Spanish and set about that with a vengeance, being so successful that she soon found herself auditioning for and winning parts in Spanish TV dramas.
Always happy to be involved in singing, after settling in Alhaurin el Grande, she took regular lessons from her mentor, music producer and music teacher José Seron from the academy, studio and shop Musica y Musicos also in Alhaurin and Tina says it is thanks to him that her musical talents have continued to flourish.
She was persuaded to enter the Spanish TV show La Voz and having been chosen to sing on the programme, she was chosen by singer Malu, following her audition piece of the Guns n’ Roses hit Sweet Child O’ Mine.
Malu is the niece of one of Tina’s all-time great heroes the late flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia and has proven to be very helpful in supporting and coaching Tina who says that “you are never too old to learn.”
In fact, she has had tremendous support from fellow competitors, technical staff on the programme, friends and fans and has not been criticised in any way for being a foreigner taking part in a Spanish competition.
She has already competed in her battle against other singers but is duty bound not to reveal the results of the show where she and male singer Sander performed the U2 number Where the streets have no name which will be broadcast on the Telecinco Channel this weekend.
Whilst talking about the battle, she didn’t seem too downhearted, so perhaps that was a hint as to the result.
If you have seen Tina’s performance and want more or would like to hear her for the first time, she still plays regularly at Valparaiso Restaurant on the road to Mijas Pueblo every Wednesday. CLC World Resorts & Hotels, Ctra. de Cádiz, every Saturday and will be at Olivia’s in La Cala de Mijas on Thursday November 23.
Some would let success on the TV draw then away from their regular spots but Tina says “I love music as it makes me feel alive. The Voice is a great platform to get to a wider audience but it doesn’t matter where I perform, I just want to be up there singing.”
Although known for her rock performances, Tina is in the process of writing and recording her first album which is full of blues and country songs and she hopes that the exposure on The Voice will allow her to sell a few extra cds and downloads.
The charming Tina also found time to answer a few questions;
What is your greatest fear?
I believe there are only 2 things to choose from “Love” or “Fear” – I choose Love.
What is your favourite food?
Who would you invite for a meal dead, alive or fictional?
Stevie Ray Vaughan-so he could teach me some cool guitar licks
What is your secret pleasure?
Movies in bed with my girl “Crackita”(she’s a Springer Spaniel)
Which is your favourite band?
Where do you find the energy to keep going?
My beautiful Mummy Sylvia Rhodes
What song would you like played at your funeral?
If you could go back in time when would it be to?
Consuming The Rat Pack in Las Vegas days
What’s top of your bucket list?
To perform in Nashville
What do you like about yourself most?
My positive energy
Who would play you in the film of your life?
Me or my dog Crackita LOL
What would you change about your life?
Nothing (only regret the things you haven’t done)
What do you like most about Spain?
What do you miss from the UK?
What is your secret ambition?
To be the first female to play the part of 007!