Tina Cross

Pop star, family entertainer, darling of the theatre and, latterly, singer-songwriter, Tina Cross has forged quite the musical career for someone who grew up wanting to be a social worker.

As a child she always sang, but mostly for fun: she would often serenade the passengers on her father’s bus as it crisscrossed south Auckland. Cross grew up in Otara from the age of four, except for a three-year stint in Kaitaia; her mother was of Maori-Croatian descent. It was while Cross and her family were in Northland that she won a talent quest, in a duet with her sister (one of her six siblings). 

Tina Cross in a publicity shot from 1978.
Tina Cross's second, self-titled album, 1980, rebranded as "Tina X". 
Carl Doy, Tina Cross and Bruce King with the Pacific Song Contest award for 'Nothing But Dreams', 1979.
Tina Cross in a 1979 publicity pic from the Fuller's talent agency. 
Tina Cross in the grounds of Government House, 2007, where she was named as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music.
Tina Cross - Lay Down Your Heart (2014)
Tina Cross in 2014, at the time of her single ‘Walk Away’, which dealt with domestic abuse. 
Tina Cross in 1983, a busy year in which she had her own TVNZ series, flew to London for a New Year's Eve special featuring Kiri Te Kanawa, a BBC-TV special recorded in Birmingham, a tour in Australia with Andy Williams, plus a dance special on TV with the Royal NZ Ballet and Gene Kelly. 
Tina Cross with her Benny Award, presented to her by the Variety Artists' Club of New Zealand in 2014.
Tina Cross sings Nothing But Dreams on the Ray Woolf Show Christmas Special (1979)
Tina Cross revives 'Nothing But Dreams' for a 1985 TV special.
Tina Cross with Sammy Davis Jr, c. 1980, after playing the support act for him at Auckland Town Hall.
Tina Cross, 2008.
Tina Cross - Lay Back (1979)
Tina Cross and Rikki Morris in 2014, when they performed together in France. 
Tina Cross - You Can Do It (Philips, 1979)
Tina Cross, 2018.
Tina Cross with Rob Guest (at left) and manager Lew Pryme at the 1978 NEOA awards - Cross was given the "rising star award". 
Tina Cross - Nothing But Dreams (1979, 1985)
Tina Cross in 1981, from the programme of the NEOA awards function at which she would perform. The New Zealand Entertainment Operators Association (NEOA) is a collective organisation of promoters. 
Tina Cross, c. 2017. 
Carl Doy and Tina Cross with the Pacific Songwriting Award for 'Nothing But Dreams', 1979. 
Tina Cross - You Can Do It (Philips, 1979)



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