Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock; 26 November 1939) is an American singer and actress whose career has spanned more than 50 years. She has won numerous awards and her achievements in the rock music genre have led many to call her the "Queen of RocknRoll". Turner started out her music career with husband Ike Turner as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Success followed with a string of hits including "River Deep, Mountain High" and the 1971 hit "Proud Mary".
With the publication of her autobiography I, Tina (1986), Turner revealed severe instances of spousal abuse against her by Ike Turner prior to their 1976 split and subsequent 1978 divorce. After virtually disappearing from the music scene for several years following her divorce from Ike Turner, she rebuilt her career, launching a string of hits beginning in 1983 with the single "Let's Stay Together" and the 1984 release of her fifth solo album Private Dancer.
In the worst of times, Tina, a deeply spiritual woman who was raised Baptist, sought solace in reciting “The Lord’s Prayer” and, later, an ancient and mystical Buddhist chant to connect to a higher power beyond her human understanding. She began chanting “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” over and over. “I found something changed inside of me, the load of the pressure of my life started to lift. I started to become happy, and then, slowly, the thoughts came to me of what to do to change my life.”
Her musical career led to film roles, beginning with a prominent role as The Acid Queen in the 1975 film Tommy, and an appearance in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. She starred opposite Mel Gibson as Aunty Entity in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome for which she received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, and her version of the film's theme, "We Don't Need Another Hero", was a hit single. She appeared in the 1993 film Last Action Hero.
One of the world's most popular entertainers, Turner has been called the most successful female rock artist and was named "one of the greatest singers of all time" by Rolling Stone. Her combined album and single sales total approximately 180 million copies worldwide. She has sold more concert tickets than any other solo music performer in history. She is known for her energetic stage presence, powerful vocals, career longevity and widespread appeal.
In 2008, Turner left semi-retirement to embark on her “Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour”.
Turner's tour became one of the highest selling ticketed shows of 2008–2009. Rolling Stone ranked her at 63 on their 100 greatest artists of all time and considers her the "Queen of Rock and Roll".
Tina Turner believes in it with all her heart, so much so that in 2009, she joined creative forces with two renowned musicians based in Switzerland, one of Christian background (Regula Curti) and the other a Tibetan Buddhist (Dechen Shak-Dagsay), to go beyond culture, beyond tradition, beyond self, to go “beyond the beyond,” as Su Poet Rumi wrote, to meet together in a eld of pure potentiality. The result is a remarkable album entitled “BEYOND Buddhist and Christian Prayers”.
In 2011, “Children BEYOND” followed: 30 Children from different cultures and nations sing together prayers and mantras with Tina Turner, Regula Curti and Dechen Shak-Dagsay. “Children BEYOND” is the Soundtrack from the “Planting Seeds of Mindfulness” Movie based on the bestselling book Planting Seeds of Mindfulness, by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Community.
In 2014, the third album "Love Within BEYOND" was released with Buddhist, Christian and Hindu Prayers featuring Tina Turner, Regula Curti, Dechen Shak-Dagsay and Sawani Shende Sathaye.
The forth album "AWAKENING BEYOND" was launched in November 2017 with lyrics and prayers from six different cultures and spiritual traditions worldwide featuring Tina Turner, Regula Curti, Ani Choying, Dima Orsho, Sawani Shende Sathaye and Mor Karbasi. See more at www.beyondsinging.com.
A musical about Tina’s life, “TINA THE MUSICAL”, presented in association with Tina Turner, celebrated its world premiere in March 2018 in London, UK, featuring her much loved songs.