Tina Turner (born November 26, 1939) is an American-born Swiss singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and author. Turner rose to international prominence as a featured singer with Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm before recording hit singles both with Ike Turner and as a solo performer. One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, she has been referred to as The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.Her combined album and single sales total approximately 200 million copies worldwide.She is noted for her energetic stage presence, powerful vocals, and career longevity.According to Guinness World Records, Turner has sold more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history.
Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock to a small Tennessee family. Growing up throughout the Southeastern United States she began singing in local church choirs. She began her career in 1958 as a featured singer with Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm, first recording under the name “Little Ann”.Her introduction to the public as Tina Turner began in 1960 as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.Success followed with a string of notable hits credited to the duo, including “A Fool in Love”, “River Deep ÔÇô Mountain High” (1966), “Proud Mary” (1971), and “Nutbush City Limits” (1973), a song that she wrote. In her autobiography, I, Tina (1986), she revealed several instances of severe domestic abuse against her by Ike Turner prior to their 1976 split and subsequent 1978 divorce. Raised a Baptist, she encountered faith with Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism in 1971, crediting the spiritual chant of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, which Turner says helped her to endure during difficult times.