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Britney Spears, Celine Dion songwriter releases EP telling scoliosis story




NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – A Nashville songwriter has created tracks for living icons. Her latest work is what she calls the most difficult song she has ever had to write. It’s his story. His hope is that his words will inspire.

“My parents are Polish immigrants,” said Tina Parol. “They came to the States in 1983, so five years before I was born. They were just big music fans.”

Tina was raised on classic Patsy Cline country, arena rock like Queen and 70s Bee Gees disco.

“In ballet class, I was warming up to Celine Dion’s The Power of Love,” she said. “I loved him, growing up.”

All of that musical influence resulted in a record deal and a single for Tina.

“I was able to visit the whole country,” she said. “I got to play in big arenas and stadiums. One of the songs I wrote ended up on Britney Spears’ album Circus.”

She has also written songs for Lady A and Celine Dion.

“I would describe Celine recording a song I wrote as something else,” smiles Tina. “It was pretty wild.”

All the while, Tina was living with something.

“Around the age of 11, I was diagnosed with scoliosis,” she said. “I had issues with eating disorders and I didn’t care about it because I had a back brace when I was a kid. The mental health toll was pretty tough. Your lungs can start to be compromised If your spine curves too much, it can impact the lungs.”

By the time she came to Ascension Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital for surgery, the pain was severe.

“I remember thinking, ‘How am I going to be if I don’t address this?'” Tina said. “I gained four inches in height [after surgery]. My spine is now at 23 degrees instead of 88.”

On Tuesday, Tina performed at an opening for the Surgery and Critical Care Tower and Spine Institute at Ascension Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital.

She has just released an EP called Fighter, with a portion of the proceeds going to Music Health Alliance and World Spine Outreach.

“Now that I’m on the other side of recovery, I honestly feel better than I’ve felt in a decade,” Tina said.