Tina Cousins

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Tina Cousins

Times. “Mysterious Times”. Tina Cousins ‘prayed’ for chart success, and it was “Just Around The Hill”!

by Christopher Smith

UK, Essex born singer Tina Cousins has always wanted to be a singer and after a short modelling career in the mid-1990’s, she did just that, releasing her debut single “Killin’ Time” in 1997. Unfortunately, it was a flop, failing to reach the UK top 75. Her follow up “Angel” fared just the same, but she hadn’t gone un-noticed. German producer Sash, who had already scored four massive global hits the previous year, heard Tina and was impressed with her, so much so he asked her to perform vocals on his new composition “Mysterious Times”. Released in August 1998, the song followed its predecessors in becoming a huge global smash hit, reaching No.2 in the UK and No.11 on the US dance chart.

Tina wasted no time in releasing “Pray”, a song produced by Pete Waterman (yes that one!). It reached No.20 in the UK and No.8 in Australia. She re-released “Killin’ Time” in early 1999, this time it did much better making No.15 in the UK and contributed to the ABBA tribute song “Thank ABBA For The Music” along with Steps, Cleopatra, B*Witched and Billie Piper, which made No.4 in the UK, No.8 in Sweden and No.9 in Australia.

Tina’s debut album “Killing Time” was released in 1999 as was Gold certified in Australia for sales of over 35,000 copies. The album reach No.50 in the UK and also featured the single “Forever”, which made No.14 in Australia and No.38 in the UK. She re-released “Angel” later that year, this time managing No.46 in the UK.

Tina reunited with Sash at the beginning of the new century on his single “Just Around The Hill” which gave him his eighth UK top ten hit as well as charting across Europe and came in two versions, a down-tempo, almost ballad version and, of course, a dance version. You will have to decide which one is the best…

After a break, Tina returned in 2005 with the single “Hymn”, taken from her second album “Mastermind”, which also included a version of Black’s 1987 hit “Wonderful Life”, which Tina took to No.58 in the UK but was more successful in Australia, reaching No.17. The singles “Come To Me” and “Pretty Young Thing” were only minor hits in Australia, where the album reached No.48.

Tina worked with Dutch DJ’s and producers 4 Strings on their 2007 single “Curious”, while production team Resource remixed “Hymn” in 2009, the same year UK producer Bellatrax produced her single “Can’t Hold Back”. Tina released her verson of Kings Of Leon’s “Sex On Fire” in 2010 with an equally saucy video. It was one of five new tracks released over the next twelve months, although no studio album or compilation was forthcoming.

Tina divides her time between the UK and Australia and still tours, most recently with Sonique and Whigfield! She released the track “Screams” in 2014 and “Bullet In The Gun” in 2015, although no new music has been released or announced since.

Stay in touch with Tina through her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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