Monday, May 31, 2010
On the one hand, I'd love to write a whole update of what's been happening since the back end of the year... But I wonder if it might be a handful to digest - and a fine line between enthusiasm and, quite frankly, narcissism. Ha, I'll save myself the aggravation :)
While I'm nearly halfway through the memoir with Chuck Taylor and my amazing agent, Colleen, music has really become the central point of my career - and quite rightly so. I feel that I've been blessed with so many different opportunities (and jobs!) over the past few years, I barely had any time to make music... Until I came straight back to what I love the most since the Kobalt Publishing deal knocked on my door in July of last year (shortly after Eurovision).
I've been blessed to have met so many wonderful songwriters and producers since then - and have written for some fabulous artists, which is an honor in itself, and a great source of fun and creativity, too. Would list their names but let's wait for the records to "drop" in the digital stores first, OK? Particularly excited about the French cut AND a new record coming out in Britain... No escape from my London days, that's for sure!
Before I dash off to my rehearsal on Memorial Day Weekend (Aww, did I mention we started rehearsing for the Broadway show? Yippee...) I'd like to thank you all for hanging in there and being so patient with my insane schedule -- it's all really falling into place now, hallelujah, I feel so blessed and fortunate... And so very excited, it's surreal!
Do promise to try my best and stay in touch... And watch this space for a super-fun new website (official Tinatin Music homepage) in the works and due to be launched very soon!
Blessings to you all,
Friday, December 4, 2009
I'm thrilled to announce my U.S. solo debut at the Metropolitan Room on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
We have a few special surprises for you, including original song premieres, ultimate classics and a sneak peek at the story behind my Soviet-themed memoir... but more on that (among other exciting surprises!) on January 19th at the Metropolitan Room....
Looking forward to seeing you, your friends and loved ones at the show and sharing my journey of "Breaking Through the Iron Curtain with American Song...."
For ticket information and advance booking, please go tohttps://www.etix.com/ticket/servlet/onlineSale?action=selectPerformance&performance_id=1127434 and get your hands on the special advance offer!
Here's to a Happy, Healthy 2010 - can't wait to celebrate the New Year together... with American Song!
Best wishes and many blessings,
P.S. For those of you using a Mac, please copy/paste the above link or alternatively go to www.etix.com and type in "Tinatin" !
"Breaking Through the Iron Curtain with American Song"
Born in Soviet Union and raised in Moscow, Tinatin is an international award-winning songwriter and artist of infinite pedigree. She makes her U.S. solo debut at the Metropolitan Room to tell her fascinating story of a girl's journey through the Iron Curtain when the Great American Songbook was a forbidden fruit...to all but one Soviet child with an all-American dream.
Tinatin's story so far...
Born in the Soviet Union and raised in Moscow, Russia, songwriter and artist Tinatin is on her way to reaching the top heights of two careers: as a writer and a musician. She is the model of a sophisticated professional - the European and American media from Billboard right across are on her case.
Heralded by Billboard Magazine as one of the "fresh faces to keep an eye out for in 2008," she became a finalist in the worldwide John Lennon Song Contest and her song “Wild” was hailed as a 2007 year-end Billboard Top 10 Critics’ Pick. Tinatin's song "Is It True?" that came second at this year’s 2009 Eurovision Song Contest was reviewed by the Financial Times and became the "#1 Eurovision Song of the Decade."
She has written in Russian for the leading Russian Newspaper in America, in English for the United Nations (where she is the United Nations Radio Correspondent) and in Georgia she has both written and been written about - including a story about her in Cosmopolitan – for which Cambridge Jones, UK’s top photographer took the portraits.
Signed worldwide to Kobalt Music Publishing, she is now adding final touches to her debut album with a number of the industry's top producers and scribes on both sides of the Atlantic.
Her first single, "We the Peoples," based on the United Nations charter, a bureaucratic post-war document explaining the purpose of the UN, was recently reviewed by Billboard senior correspondent Chuck Taylor, who called it "a penultimate, contemporary anthem honoring the mission of the United Nations, perhaps more relevant than ever, given the flux of worldwide politics a resonant affirmation that politics actually have potential to unite."
Apart from her weekly UN radio show on Progressive Radio Network, “United Nations Uncovered”, Tinatin’s self-produced brand new show on Break Thru Radio “Russkiy in the Mix” features some of the hottest post-USSR hits from the other side of the Iron Curtain.
Described by Christopher Neil the creative force behind Celine Dion, Mike & the Mechanics and Sheena Easton as an artist with an "outstanding voice for people who want to make great music," Tinatin stands as a young, charismatic artist with the talent and moxie to forge one of the choice debut albums of the year.
Tinatin is currently writing a Soviet-themed memoir based on her life that inspired this very show produced and directed by Billy Jay Stein at the Metropolitan Room, and is writing songs for a wide spectrum of artists and TV specials. She is also working on a one-woman Broadway show with Timothy Graphenreed, which will open for previews in New York City in 2010.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Well, the summer is now officially over and who would have thought - the workload is still full on regardless of the season!
With so much writing (both fiction and songs), rehearsing for the upcoming show and meticulous planning, I don't think I've ever juggled so many projects all at once. But that's what makes it all worthwhile, doesn't it?
Over the past couple of months, I've been blessed to discover some fabulous new songwriters - and I don't just mean producer/writers but solid composers. Some people say the craft of songwriting is slowly disappearing, but let's face it, there's got to be some cracking talent on their way to writing a classic or two in the coming years! I suppose this is something I'm most excited about - finding new talent and seeing it blossom in front of my eyes. Creativity - it pushes all my buttons, that's for sure!
We're anticipating some very exciting covers this fall, including Yanni's upcoming new album and a PBS Special.
And of course, our very own "Thinking of Someone Else" remixed by Mystery & Matt Early - this brand new Jazz Funk mix is about to hit the radio stations thanks to the amazing work by Media 2 Radio worldwide and TopHit.ru in Russia!
Keep your eyes and ears open for more updates...
P.S. More songs coming your way within the next few weeks, including a brand new single "Treat Me Like a Woman" which I've just written with Fabulous Fab & Christopher Neil... It will be recorded in NYC's Lower Eastside Flux Studios next month. I'm so psyched, cannot wait to share it with all of you!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
On my way to Williamsburg to finish a new tune with Christian from GoodandEvil (one of my most exciting recent discoveries!) that we started the very day we heard about a great loss in our barely intact world of music and entertainment... MJ.
So much has been written, spoken and especially fabricated about this one-of-a-kind artist with a capital letter "A", it's becoming increasingly difficult to be able to tell the difference between what's true and what's utterly untrue and false. As I'm typing this blog, Larry King and his colleagues are speculating about the possible reasons as to "why, how and when..." May he R.I.P. - or are we incapable of granting one's final wish, I wonder?
I never really intended to blog about this, particularly because of the overwhelming number of articles, blogs and statements issued over the past couple of weeks, but on the other hand, how can one blame people for not being able to ignore the life and death of someone as significant in the world of music, entertainment and our pop culture?
On a lighter note, daily news feeds and airplay updates are coming through from back home. Yes, "Thinking of Someone Else" has finally been released in Russia and what is now known as the CIS - the original Dean St. Radio Mix of "ToSE" hit 179 cities across the former USSR last Friday and is climbing up the charts. It made me smile when I heard from my Russian representative yesterday that this very track is one of the highlight new releases according to the main FM station in... Siberia. I mean, seriously, NY to Siberia and beyond - is the world shrinking or...?
The Riffs & Rays Remix is going to hit the radio stations back home within the next few days, although one of my personal favorite stations in Russia, Europe + already aired the premiere of the tune on one of its leading weekend shows, "Euro-Mix" last Saturday night. Hearing the same song on various European and US stations over the past few months was probably not as bizarre as listening to it on one of my childhood favorite programs - it took me way back to my teenage years when I listened to the radio, wrapped up in bed on a winter night with my earphones and a radio Walkman hidden away under the blanket WAY past midnight!!!
Wait, wait... "ToSE" is still in the Top 5 on iDance FM... How come? Requests... Really!!! The good "old school" way.
There's so much more I'd like to share with you all, but since I'm already running late for my session with Chris (plus, I daren't spill the beans just yet about the rest of my upcoming stuff...) I've got to cut right here. And I promise to keep you posted in the following weeks as the latest projects and news "in the making" unfold on daily basis. I'm so psyched!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Negotiating contracts, meeting with lawyers, publishers, agents and new
songwriting partners can be fascinating, exhausting and at times really
exciting, but what about some free time for a bit of fun and entertainment?
It's becoming increasingly difficult to take the entire day off, let alone a
proper weekend off work, without feeling somewhat guilty deep down ("I
should be working, not hanging out!") Although having said that, recharging
my batteries is definitely one of my priorities for the next couple of
months or so. That, along with a couple of trips that have been on the cards
for way too long, including London and possibly LA, but not excluding an
imminent return to Moscow for a potential project that is currently in the
works... Something massive but not yet finalized negotiation-wise, so I
daren't say more!
All in all, a very exciting time but it's also quite disappointing that I've
barely managed to catch up with any of my friends in-between the mad weeks
here and there. I don't regret it for a second, of course, but sometimes I
genuinely worry that my friends will soon start accusing me of ignorance -
and that would make me feel awful!!! :( I wish I could place everything on
hold - or maybe a pause button? - for a day or two and just concentrate on
catching up with each and every one of them!
Oh, and guess what else is happening next weekend? A gig in Central Park!
But more on that later... with pictures and possibly even a youtube video!
In the meantime, of course, the UN Uncovered radio show and the BTR Russkiy
in the Mix show are still very much on air and in production on weekly basis
- it's a way of switching off once a week, I guess, and thinking about the
bigger picture every now and then!
And the book... The synopsis for the sequel is already done, while the first
book is currently being reviewed and edited by the critics, so I'm excited
and just a little nervous!
Wow, would you believe that "Is It True?" is still in the charts and still
going strong? While "Thinking of Someone Else" is #2 on the iDanceFM charts
and we've just completed a pop cross-over radio mix in the UK, which I'll be
posting shortly on myspace! And by the way, it has just been picked up by
Hit FM and Europe Plus, a couple of leading Russian commercial radio
stations and will probably be added to a few more top stations throughout
Russia in the next couple of weeks or so.
I'll do my best to keep the blogs coming on regular basis and keep you all
posted at all times... My apologies again for not getting back to everyone
in timely manner but I promise to get better at it - I'm really not as good
as I used to be :-( But I'll improve, promise! :-)
Monday, June 1, 2009
While most of us expected the ESC madness to be over following the grand finale on May 16, shortly thereafter, I realized that the craziness had only just begun as the phone started ringing like never before with 2 min intervals the moment my plane touched down in New York City!
First things first - the European chart report as of this week:
"Is It True?" single (EMI)
ESC 2009 COMPILATION (Capitol)
And the sales + chart positions are building up by the week, and so are my responsibilities...! Plus more covers of "Is It True?" in various languages by top artists in Germany, Russia... even South Africa and more! TBC asap!
New and exciting co-write opportunities with some of the best songwriters and production outfits across Europe and the U.S. that I could have only dreamed of last month are now becoming my collaborators in the studio. How do I feel? Too insane to be proud of it and I wouldn't dare relax at this point either... But the anticipation of the next big chart-topper is so intense!
There are some incredibly exciting projects (music, books, bands, etc. - you name it! But I'll say no more...) and collaborations in the pipeline, but I keep reminding myself that there are only 24 hours at my disposal per day. How can I make the most of it? Sleep, oh how I miss that minor form of escape on daily basis.
And just in case you haven't heard this week's Russkiy in the Mix, be sure to tune on June 2nd @ noon NY time (or straight afterwards - in the archives on the website) at www.breakthruradio.com to hear some of my favorite tunes that I picked up while I was in Moscow last month. Make sure you check out "Moscow Never Sleeps" - undoubtedly my favorite track of the month and a constant reminder of how much fun we had whilst there in-between the crazy meetings, shoots and rehearsals - Missing it now!
Time to say goodnight yet again... But in the meantime, one little secret - a sequel of my debut novel (which is being edited as we speak by my agents and editors in London and NY!) that I'm currently developing... So many exciting stories and adventures that I had forgotten about... Ohhh, the beauty of writing a novel based on a true story! Daren't say any more - hush my mouth! :)
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Iceland came in second, with 218 points, including ‘Douze Points’ from three countries: Norway, Malta and Ireland. Ironically, one of the co-writers of our song – the legend, that is – happens to be an Irish-born Brit, Christopher Neil. I have to admit, getting 12 points from Chris Neil’s native Ireland was rather special for us. I sat next to him during the televoting and clutched his hand tightly with excitement throughout.
After all, it wasn’t just about Iceland anymore, was it? It was about a great singer singing a song that Graham Norton, the BBC commentator (and a huge UK TV personality) referred to as “a real song” in a song contest.
Countless TV interviews, shoots and meetings back to back – how does one leave such an artistic haven in the very heat of the moment? Truth be told, I should really be staying here for another week or so, but who could have predicted the outcome? The pre-ESC live primetime TV show, which broadcasted both nationwide and internationally, targeted millions of Russian-speaking viewers that certainly helped. And singing the song in Russian, in front of my colleagues in Moscow, well, it was simply unforgettable!
What’s next, I wonder? Apart from a flight to New York first thing in the morning, as well as tons of work waiting for me on the other side of the world, it’s probably wisest to strike the iron while it’s hot, and not relax for a second. Otherwise, how often does one compete and, moreover, beat songs written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Diane Warren and Ronan Keating? I’m so proud of our achievement, and of course so thrilled with Yohanna’s final performance on the last night (and all the nights prior to the grand finale – she’s been amazing throughout!) As a young songwriter, I’m humbled, but I'm also over the moon to be on the same songwriting team with real pros such as Christopher Neil and Oskar Pall Sveinsson!
It really has been a thrill and a great adventure taking my friends, readers and listeners along on a special Eurovision ride to Moscow, but everything has to come to an end at some point. But, rest assured that when the next big opportunity comes along (and there are a few ideas in the works, more on that later!) you’ll be the first to hop on the train and come along with me. There will be new stories, new characters and more unpredictable adventures. Indeed, there is a lot to look forward to!
In the meantime, thank you all so much, from the bottom of my heart, for sharing this very special moment with me from Day 1. Don’t forget – Chapter 2 is just around the corner!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Rumor had it, just before the semi-final gala kicked off, that Iceland would either be the first to go through, or it would simply miss out by a couple of votes. The polls across the Olympiisky Stadium walls, however, had been very promising during the week. We were placed at the very top of the list, as the most likely contender for the finalist spot. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t confident… in fact, overly confident, particularly after hearing Yohanna’s semi-final performance in the Green Room – we were so proud!
But suddenly it all turned into a real Eurovision nightmare, as the finalists were announced one by one, each flag pulled out individually from the electronic envelopes. There were 10 of them in total. 1, 2, 3, 4, it wasn’t getting any easier, although what helped was the constant reminder that the results were being disclosed in random order. But still, were we going to make it? By #9 we knew it was going to be either Belarus or Iceland – or maybe neither, as Eurovision has always been famous for being completely unpredictable!
When the very last envelope was pulled out of the batch, I looked away from the screen and closed my eyes and ears. It was getting a little too intense! Would I be able to face another flag, other than our Icelandic one, when I opened my eyes?
I honestly cannot recall seeing our flag on the screen and neither can I remember hearing “Iceland” or “Is It True?” as we sat holding hands in our cozy Green Room. Yet, I do remember our screams and tears once it had finally hit home – we had made it to the finals, 10 out of 18 semi final entries! I wish I could describe how it felt without sounding too cliché, but I can’t help it – it really was THAT amazing!!!
What’s next for our team in the coming days? Well, a couple of top notch TV shows and exclusive interviews, which have already kicked off following our big night. And it’s going to get even bigger and all the more exciting (and perhaps even more nerve-wracking) on May 16th – the Grand Finale! Dare I make any predictions? Let’s wait and see. I’m just enjoying the moment, anticipating the unknown and making the most of this fantastic experience. Had I known it was so good, I would have made my first Eurovision attempt quite a few years ago. But I suppose it’s better to do it later than never at all!
And now it’s time to face another crazy day filled with intense drama, excitement, madness and a whole load of fun! Who knows what the rest of the week has in store for us? It just keeps getting better…. And tougher, too!