Monday, February 8, 2016
Tiffany: 'Doing love ballads is a lot of work' Mike Nunez, For FLORIDA TODAY 4:15 p.m. EST February 2, 2016
Pop princess Tiffany, the '80s icon scored back-to-back hits and No. 1 singles with “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Could’ve Been” at only 16 years old. Those were soon followed by Top 40 hits: “I Saw Him Standing There” and “All This Time” along with other hits just outside the Top 40. Now Tiffany, at 44, is wrapping up her latest album, "A Million Miles," which comes out March 31.
With the mall tours that made her famous in the 1980s behind her and a son (Elijah) graduated from college, Tiffany’s music lives on. “I like to challenge myself and see what boundaries I can push and see what I can accomplish as an artist,” she tells me.
I spoke with Tiffany about her new album, her style of music through the years and her first foray into co-producing. So let’s “Shake, Rattle & Know”: Tiffany
QUESTION: When I interviewed you a couple of years ago, you expressed your desire to explore different types of music. Your "Rose Tattoo" album explored more of the country music side. What will the new album explore?
ANSWER: I have always wanted to do something that would showcase my voice. That is something I have wanted to do on all my records and always had love ballads that did that. It is hard to do when you tour so much because it is demanding, though. I created this album with the “evening” in mind; what would an intimate show setting be like with Tiffany? I wanted to create an atmosphere. I still do the songs you will remember from the '80s during my show, but I wanted to offer a more intimate setting. I wanted to create the type of night music I would want to go to myself. A lot of the songs on the new record are piano-driven songs, and I just sing. Lyrically the songs are about my life and a lot of what has been going on the last five years of my life, the passing of friends and changes in life. Vocally, it is still in that pop-indie vein, but it’s a very different album for me.
Q: What genre do you feel most comfortable singing?
A: Really, I am comfortable in all of them. Doing love ballads is a lot of work, though; if you don’t hit those power notes, everyone knows it. You can’t hide mistakes like you can when singing rock or even pop. When singing ballads, you are so much more exposed, and I wasn’t so disciplined when I was younger. Now, I treasure that. I think my shining moment is in singer/songwriter land. When I was younger, I may have recorded music that I might not have always been comfortable with, but now I don’t compromise myself.
Q: Just like a child actor who becomes famous for a certain role and then has trouble transitioning into adult roles, did that happen for you as a singer as well?
A: Oh, yeah. Unless you just forfeit or abandon your talent you should not be punished just for growing up. The fans aren’t the ones who do it, they stand by you. It is the industry that does it to you. The industry limits you and that is just not right, especially to artists that love what they do. It can be harsh. Some can’t handle it, but I was lucky that I just kept going anyway. I can’t tell you how many times I heard, “well, this could be a great song or a big hit, if it wasn’t Tiffany.” I don’t let it get me or get depressed. My dreams came true, and they will come true again. You just have to have an open mind and keep doing what you love. I am lucky to be working with people who believe in me and I will just build again.
Q: Since we last spoke, you closed your boutique clothing store in Nashville. Did you close the store so you can focus more on your music?
A: I did. The charm of the store was that customers or fans could come in and have a shopping experience with me personally. With me being gone so much recording and touring soon, I knew the experience would not be the same, and I did not want to do that to people. I am going to focus on touring and we will have a Tiffany Boutique truck so we can bring that shopping experience to the fans. I will still have a lot of the vintage pieces the shop was known for and the same specialty designs, but the experience will be cooler and will be mobile. Fans might not have been able to come to Nashville to visit the shop, so now we can bring the shop to them.
Q: What drives you the most these days?
A: My love of music. It is my identity. I am a mom and a wife now and an aunt to twins. I have great family and friends and my life is great, and the music really helps make up who I am. I love creating. I am also proud to be a businesswoman and as co-producer of the album it is me in the driver’s seat. I am designing my life and a part of the day-to-day operations. There is so much more I still want to accomplish and I realize I have to have my head in more than just the studio to make it happen. I love doing the sci-fi movies I have been in, I love music, and I want to see where everything takes me. I feel I am still a blank canvas and there is so much more to come. When I first started out and doing the mall tours, I was a blank canvas then, and no one else had ever done something like that. We had something to run with and there were no limits. I still feel like there are no limits on what can be accomplished.
Q: Outside of music, what do you do to unwind?
A: Yoga. I like to write in my journal. I love to cook. I love to spend time with my family and friends. I have 8 dogs, so I am very much a dog person. I like chilling out and I just like being. I like to relax and unwind and just turn my phone off and let the world go sometimes. Sometimes you have to do those things so you don’t burn out. I love spending time with nature and just being me.
Q: You once told me doing a movie score is on your musical bucket list. Are you close to that dream?
A: I think so. Co-producing this album is a first for me and is a great learning experience in music. I don’t really play any instruments so it doesn’t come natural for me. My instrument is my voice. I play a little piano, but I need a lot of practice. As a producer, I hear ideas and I am stepping into new realms. I am an “ideas” person and working with Steven Lieweke. I have learned so much and believe this album will branch me off into other things.
Q: How important is social media to an artist today?
A: It is very important. I have never been great at it and consider myself a late-comer to the game. Technology-wise there is so much that I have to rely on people to help me with that because it is so important. I am lucky to be working with Pledge music now because they help with all of that. They value their artists, and they help with the media. Because they are media-driven it is golden. They expose you to a million hits a week. The opportunities have made me look at it from a different perspective, and I have to rise to the occasion. I am on Twitter more now, and I am enjoying it. I notice the fans enjoy it, too, and it allows people into my world and into the making of this record.
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Friday, November 6, 2015
80's pop star Tiffany sets up shop in East Nashville
Can new music & a new business revive her brand?
In Nashville 1980s pop sensation Tiffany Darwish is remaking a name for herself! This long-time LGBT ally is recording two albums—a Christmas project, as well as a new album of her own that she’s co-producing—as well as preparing to tour and running her vintage and designer clothing store, Tiffany’s Boutique, in East Nashville.
Tiffany has a long, and perhaps surprising, history in Nashville. “I started coming here when I was ten,” she said. “I came here with Hoyt Axton and Mae Axton, doing country at the time. I wanted to be a country singer and they brought me here. I did a lot of the shows, like theRalph Emery Show and on and on.”
This initial foray into Nashville was ultimately unsuccessful. “I was singing songs like [Loretta Lynn’s] ‘Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad,’ and it was actually Ralph Emery who said, ‘Don’t you think at ten, it’s kind of a risky song to be singing?’ I was only ten so I had no idea what to say to that! But it didn’t work out for me. They were interested in the vocals, but I think it was a little disturbing that I had such a big voice, and I was this little girl. I don’t think they knew how to market that.”
Back in Los Angeles, Tiffany kept singing at every opportunity, and when she was fourteen it was decided that she would record another demo. “That’s when George Tobin saw me in the studio,” she recalled. “He said, ‘I don’t know anything about country music, but I know everything about pop music, and I’d like to take you in a pop direction.’ That started everything. All my hopes and dreams completely changed.”
Tiffany’s pop career was turbulent. Her cover of "I Think We're Alone Now" was a chart-topping success, and the album of which it was a part sold over four million copies. But her work in the 1990s failed to generate similar interest. Her personal life suffered, as conflict between her manager Tobin and her mother and stepfather boiled over, leading to an emancipation trial.
Throughout her career, Tiffany has appeared at Pride events, and she said she felt like maybe that part of her life came through her music and helped her connect with LGBT fans. “I had people come up to me and say, ‘Your songs really helped me through a dark time.’ … Maybe there was a kind of magic between us—with all the family drama I was going through and the court case—but even though I was on the cover of all these magazines, I felt alone too. Maybe that touched something with them.”
“I came to Nashville again in the early 1990s. I was pretty burned out in Los Angeles,” Tiffany said. “I really wanted to grow as an artist, and I didn’t feel supported in Los Angeles. I was a new mom, so life was changing as well. And so I felt like I wanted to go to Nashville and try living here this time. So my now-ex-husband and I kind of packed up a truck and came down here.
I also wanted to become a songwriter,” she added, “and I knew this was the place to do it. You know, if you really want to learn the craft, Nashville is the place. But they don’t just welcome you with open arms, you have to prove yourself. And I think I failed the first time I was here miserably. My name got me in all these wonderful writing sessions, but I just wasn’t ready. I used to cry after some of these sessions… But after all of that, when I ended up going back to Los Angeles and writing The Color of Silence album, it was like all those hardships and all those experiences led to that. The Color of Silence was a critically acclaimed record, and it got me acknowledged as a songwriter.”
I came back to Nashville finally, and this time I’ve been here for seven years. This is it; we’re here. I tell my son he’s gonna bury me in the back yard, this is it!” she joked. But clearly she’s setting down roots, recording new work here and establishing her own small business.
Tiffany’s Boutique grew out of a hobby. “I’m shopaholic,” she said proudly. “I don’t want therapy, I want to shop. My attachment to clothes is kind of sick because I’m always like, ‘It’s so sad, I need this.’ And they’re like, ‘Girl, you don’t even fit into that.’ But I’m like, ‘Somebody will!’ So I started collecting designer pieces, and vintage pieces. Back in Los Angeles a lot of my stylist friends would borrow pieces and they told me I really ought to think of doing a shop because I have a great eye.”
“So I opened this place because I love working with real women. I’ve always been accessible to my fans and enjoy talking to them … just bonding with them. Over the years, we’ve talked about weight issues, seeing yourself getting older, seeing yourself in a rut. I want this to be a place they can come and hang out, unwind, and shop, and also get good advice from other girls. We also try to keep it affordable—we want you to look good in whatever outfit we put together, and we want you to be able to actually take it home!”
So far Tiffany has worked mostly with designers from East Nashville, though designers from across the country are showing interest in getting their products into the Nashville market. “I’m excited to be able to bring new stuff from all over back to Nashville,” she said. “I wanted to work exclusively with East Nashville designers for a while, but it’s kind of gotten bigger, so why not?”
Tiffany is also busy with the album she’s currently writing and co-producing. “It’s going to be more ballads than I’ve maybe done in the past, since maybe the first couple of the records. I’m still fighting that battle of people not knowing that I can sing … so I really want to do something that is going to set me apart in that arena and help me be recognized as vocalist.” When asked to describe the album, Tiffany said, “Think John Mayer –a little more bluesy adult contemporary—but make that a little jazzy, but it’s not a jazz album.
Slated for release in February, the album will be funded via crowdfunding through PledgeMusic.com. “It’s something totally new to me,” she explained. “We’re starting this and giving the fans an opportunity to be in the studio with me—they aren’t there in the writing process because that’s awkward—but they’ll see me going into a writing session, or get updates from me.” I love that because they’re right away involved. There will be tons of video uploads.”
For more new music, be on the lookout for her Christmas project this holiday season: “It’s a compilation project,’ she said, “so it’s myself and people like Thelma Houston. I haven’t done a lot of Christmas singles or projects, so I’m thrilled. I’m singing ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘Let It Snow.’ They really wanted an up-tempo version of ‘Let It Snow,’ and it’s about the fastest version I’ve ever heard!”
Up-to-date information on Tiffany’s new music and touring can be found at www.tiffanytunes.com(link is external).
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